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The Church will celebrate the Feast of Theophany Saturday, Jan. 19th, in which the Trinity was
revealed. This feast is commemorated in a Divine Liturgy on the eve of the feast day (Friday, Jan. 18). Within the service that evening, there is a specific service to bless water in a basin (Laqqan) as the water of the Jordan River was blessed.It is observed that people tend to leave after being blessed by the water and not continuing the main ...
Please remember that the reason for Christmas gift giving was to care for those in need or those on the
path of destruction. It has since become gift giving of excess. We are to use our resources not just to feed, shelter and cloth the poor and needy, but can collectively establish programs that would help get people who have suffered a crises or have gone astray, back on the right track of life and salvation.
Those who attended Sunday’s liturgy (12/16) had the blessing of providing the Christmas meal for
many who are the poorest in the Moqattam Mountain region. Before the final benediction, a collection bag was passed around for each person to give $1. Even though attendance was very light, nearly $450 was collected (nearly 3,000 Egyptian pounds). May God help all Christians to reach every poor, needy, lonely, grieving, suffering person… anyone in any type of adversity this Advent season, so ...
Please remember the land development project of St. Mary & St. Athanasius Church as
you make your last contributions this tax season.
We are thankful to God that He has brought us to another Advent season to prepare & remember the birth of the Christ.
Within the 43 days of the Advent fast, is the Coptic month of Kiahk (Christmas is celebrated Kiahk 29th which coincides
with Jan. 7th, except in a leap year).
Centuries ago, the Church dedicated this month to focusing on St. Mary the Theotokos and the immaculate birth of Christ,
by adding hymns (similar to folk songs) to ...
It is with joy that we receive the Holy Advent Fast in preparation to receive the Feast of the Nativity of our
Lord Jesus Christ. The fast will begin Sunday November 25th
till January 6th
, 2013. These This 43 are broken down into the
traditional 40 days of preparation as indicated from the Old Testament as Moses fasted 40 before receiving the Word of
God. The 3 days were added as a memorial to the moving of Mouqattam Mountain ...
On this day also departed the blessed Theognosta. She lived in the days of the righteous Emperors Honorius and Arcadius. It happened one day that an envoy came with gifts from the King of India to the two emperors. On the way back, they found this Virgin Theognosta holding in her a hand a book which she was reading. They seized her and took her back with them to their country. She became the head of the King’s attendants and ...Continue Reading →
Brief tutorials are be given answering many questions about the living traditions of the Church. Knowledge and understanding help keep these traditions from becoming dead practices. This takes place right after communion when attendance is at its maximum. Our holy ancestors, whom the Holy Spirit utilized to develop the traditions of the Church to be a living Bible, and who have also been martyred for the faith, have made the Coptic Orthodox Church a deep and holy Church. Let us ...Continue Reading →