The Great Holy Lent

posted 5 Mar 2016, 11:30 by Admin   [ updated 5 Mar 2016, 12:10 ]

It is the holiest fast of the year.   The 55 days of The Great Holy Lent, represents the the 40 days that Jesus Christ Himself have fasted; and the additional two weeks placed by the church at the beginning and end of the lent.  The first week is the Preparation Week and the last week is the Holy Week

The Great Holy Lent is a period of Prayer; period of Fasting, period of Repentance, period of Showing Mercy to Others, period of Forgiving and period of Peace, Humbleness and Spiritual Growth.

Lord Have Mercy on Us and Forgive Us our sins

Feast of Nativity 2016 - Papal Message

posted 6 Jan 2016, 08:19 by Admin   [ updated 6 Jan 2016, 08:58 ]

The Christmas Papal Message, 2016

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Luke 2:14

It is of a great blessing to present the 2016 Papal Encyclical of our beloved Shepherd, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Glorious Nativity Feast of 2016.

A New Year and a New Start

posted 2 Jan 2016, 07:16 by Admin

Help us Lord to
Learn from yesterday;

Live for today;
Hope for tomorrow

But above all, help us
to put YOU first in our lives

A very happy 2016

posted 2 Jan 2016, 06:55 by Admin

May the Lord bless 2016 and it bring Peace, Love, Hope and Joy to the world

Christ is Risen - Truely He is Risen

posted 18 Apr 2015, 07:29 by Admin

"He is not here; He has risen, just as He said"  
Matthew 28:6

Feast of Nativity 2015 - Papal Message

posted 7 Jan 2015, 03:35 by Admin   [ updated 7 Jan 2015, 04:12 ]

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men"  Luke 2:14

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men"  Luke 2:14

Pope Tawadros II
Papal Message for Christmas 2015

YouTube Video

Holy 50 days after Easter

posted 27 Apr 2014, 09:44 by Admin   [ updated 27 Apr 2014, 09:46 ]

The Holy Fifty Days after Easter is a period of rejoicing
in the Resurrection of our Lord and our resurrection with Him.

It is the time to experience the new life in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the period in which a person, who has practiced self-control over material things during the 55 days of Great Lent, rises to live joyfully in the spirit and worship God in spirit and truth.

If a person plants with effort, toil, and tears during Great Lent, then the Fifty Holy Days is the time of harvest, accompanied by joy and gladness.

Pope Tawadros Easter 2014 Message

posted 27 Apr 2014, 08:53 by Admin   [ updated 27 Apr 2014, 09:13 ]

Christos Anisti .... Alithos Anisti  
Christ is Risen ....Indeed He is Risen  

I congratulate you my beloved with the Glorious Resurrection Feast that is the crown of our feasts and joy.  Christ's Resurrection is the main foundation in our Christianity; our Church; our evangelism and our daily life.

Christ's Resurrection is considered everything to us.  The Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is considered our new life that we can live in.  In Christ's Resurrection, we have three main aspects.  In Christ's Resurrection, we have three main aspects:

  1. Before Crucifixion and Resurrection, Our Lord Jesus Christ was a teacher and a shepherd.
  2. During Crucifixion until Resurrection, He was a re-conciliator and a liberator.
  3. After Resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ was present and became a companion to every man.  How?
Please click here to view the complete Papal Message.

Feast of Nativity 2014 - Papal Message

posted 9 Jan 2014, 15:28 by Admin   [ updated 9 Jan 2014, 15:33 ]

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.

I congratulate all of you for this glorious Feast of the Nativity and the new year of 2014. I wish upon all of you the blessings that come with the birth of the One Who was born in the manger; blessings of goodness, joy, peace and love for everyone in Egypt, and in all our churches throughout the world, all who celebrate the New Year by the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The incarnation of God is an event that combined the earth with heaven. God, through His love for mankind, was incarnated and came to mankind. As we learn from the verse that is often referred to as “the little gospel", (John 3:16) states: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

This meeting of heaven and earth was a meeting from God, Who gave us His love, by coming down from above to mankind. This was also a meeting from man who showed his eagerness of going up to God. This meeting happened in the fullness of time, as stated in the Holy Bible, and, in the womb of our mother the Holy Virgin St. Mary where He was incarnate by His love.

In the creation of man, God showed His love to everyone. In His incarnation, He confirmed this love. In His crucifixion and resurrection, the Lord concluded this great love toward man. In fact, in the story of the Nativity, we have plenty of contemplations. We read about the heavenly star, and we read about the earthly manger.
We read about people who came from far countries, and we read about people who were close to the place of the event. We read about young people such as the shepherds and our mother the Virgin Mary. We also read about elder people such as St. Joseph the carpenter, St. Simon the elder and St. Anna the prophetess. We read about all kinds of people.

But the world at the time of our Lord Jesus Christ was classified into two main groups, Jews and gentiles. And there was a separation between heaven and earth. Heaven is full of angels and heavenly creatures, and the earth is full of people who were divided into Jews and gentiles. In the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, those three groups came together.

First, the shepherds who were awake arrived. Those shepherds were very simple people, and were from the simplest sector of the Jewish society. Their work and efforts were in the wilderness with the flock that they used to shepherd, and out of those sheep, the sacrifices were selected to be offered.

The shepherds were always traveling and did not have a place to dwell. Even their witness were invalid in courts. But the Lord had chosen them for their honesty and simplicity. God wanted to honor them, so He revealed to them His birth by the angel who appeared to them saying: “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”

The awakening shepherds were Jews. As if God had chosen the shepherds to represent the Jews. The reset of the world were considered pagan gentiles. As such, God had chosen the worshipping magi on behalf of the gentiles. They came from far countries in the east. They endured the long travel. The roads were not like what we have now. They were scientists in astronomy, and in predicting events that may happen.
They traveled for long periods, coming from far countries to search and worship the birth of the King of the Jews. We all know the story, but the most important points were that they reached their goal and they were considered high class in their society. They arrived to Jerusalem, to the place of the manger where the Baby Jesus Christ was, and offered their gifts.

By their gifts, they expressed their eagerness to witness the born, King of the Jews. Therefore, the earthly world came to the manger to the Lord Jesus in two groups, in addition to the third group which was from the heavenly world represented by the multitude of singing angels.

The angels were singing the famous song: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” Everyone was presented in the manger and around the Lord Jesus Christ. The earthly world was presented by the two groups of the Jews and the magi, and the heavenly world presented by the angels.
What we are most interested in and what I would like to put before your eyes is the fact that the magi who came from the far countries presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Most of us know that gold is a symbol of being a King; frankincense is a symbol of His priesthood; and the myrrh is a symbol for His suffering and crucifixion.

These gifts signify those characteristics of our Lord Jesus Christ. The question here, why did they choose those gifts specifically? We all know that the gift is offered according to the taste of the giver and according to the condition and position of the receiver. So why did they choose those gifts? I would like to tell you that those gifts which were offered by the magi symbolize the life of man.

The life of man throughout its entirety is characterized by gold, frankincense, and myrrh. I mean every one of us through life has days of gold, days of frankincense and days of myrrh. The days of gold are the days of success, good health, victory, wealth, and days of comfort, as well as all days of joy either at work, business, various successes, or study. Each are considered the gift of gold.

The gift of frankincense presents the days of work, study, labor, hard effort and services, and other days that take large space in the life of man. The days of myrrh, as the life of man should have time of myrrh according to this philosophy of the gifts, presented by the days of grief tribulations, need, suffering, illness, and all the days in which man aches from negative emotions and anxiety.

All those are represented by the gift of myrrh. But all those gifts represent the mix of man’s life. Each of our lives fall into the gold, frankincense and myrrh. That is why if there are days of myrrh, there will be days of frankincense and gold. In the life of man, as the Bible says, all things work together for good to those who love God. All the days with all their kinds work together for good to those who love God.

The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ gives us hope, courage and new life in a new vision for our daily life. I congratulate all of you, all clergy, congregations, and families. I would like to especially congratulate our youth and children. I congratulate every church with her board, servants and deacons. I ask the Lord to give you grace and to fill your life with the joy of Nativity every day. May our life be for the glory of His name, and glory be to God, forever, and ever. Amen.

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II
Pope of Alexandria and
Patriarch of the See of St. Mark

Coptic New Year 1730 am- Feast of Nayrouz

posted 15 Sep 2013, 13:29 by Admin

September 11th, marks the beginning of the Coptic year. The Coptic calendar began during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian in 284 A.D. During his time, Christians in Egypt were tortured, massacred, and martyred in countless numbers. As a result, the Copts based their calendar on this event, which is why the Coptic year ends with "A.M.," which is short for "Anno Martyrii" or "Year of the Martyrs."

On celebrating the feast of Nayrouz::-

  • We honour the lives of the numerous martyrs who offered their lives as sacrifices of love for our Lord who sacrificed Himself on our behalf.
  • We joyfully celebrate the beginning of the Coptic New Year

Through the prayers and intersession of St Mary and all the Martyrs,

We ask the Lord to protect us and guide us to do His will.


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