St Mary and St John The Beloved

Welcome Message

Welcome! Our church’s website exists to meet the needs of her members at different ages, and to help those members in times of hardship.  We worship together as a community of Christian Coptic Orthodox believers. We support one another’s values and common beliefs through love and respect. We nurture the faith of our members in a variety of ways including divine liturgies, Sunday schools programs, spiritual meetings, and social activities.

The Season of the Church

St. Bishoy's Feast

A life of TRUE submission means living in complete obedience to the Holy Spirit. A person of TRUE submission accepts gladly whatever happens in their life and with thanksgiving, knowing that it was for their well being, whether in appearance or thought it is perceived as good or bad.

Anba Bishoy’s mother modeled submission during his childhood. An Angel of the Lord appeared to his humble mother and told her, “The Lord wants one of your sons to serve him forever,” and the angel pointed to young Bishoy. The mother asked the angel, “Can you please choose another, this son is the weakest of them all.” “He is weak,” the angel replied, “but the strength of the Lord will always be with him.” She then was submissive to the Angel of the Lord.

Articles of Interest

St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom: [W]hen you are about to pass over the threshold of the gateway . . .

Icon of St. John Chrysostom. . . [W]hen you are about to pass over the threshold of the gateway, say this word first: I leave your ranks, Satan, and your pomp, and your service, and I join the ranks of Christ. And never go forth without this word. This shall be a staff to you, this your armor, this an impregnable fortress, and accompany this word with the sign of the cross on your forehead. For thus not only a man who meets you, but even the devil himself, will be unable to hurt you at all, when he sees you everywhere appearing with these weapons; and discipline yourself by these means henceforth, in order that when you receive the seal you may be a well-equipped soldier, and planting your trophy against the devil, may receive the crown of righteousness, which may it be the lot of us all to obtain, through the grace and loving, kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, with whom be glory to the Father and to the Holy Spirit for ever and ever— Amen.

Verse of the Day

Sayings of the Early Church Fathers

عوننا باسم الرب الصانع السموات والأرض مزمور 124: 8

Our help is in the name of the Lord, 
Who made heaven and earth. 
Psalm 124: 8


لا تكن قلقاً ولا تيأس، لئلا يصير رجاؤك باطلاً
القديس يوحنا ذهبي الفم

Never be worried nor in despair
lest your hope becomes in vain. 
St. John Chrysostom

St. John the Evangelist and Theologian – Our Patron’ Saint

St. John Chrysostom (of the Golden Mouth) said that St. John the Evangelist was originally a disciple of St. John the Baptist. He was the brother of St. James the Elder, who was killed by Herod by the sword. The Lord called him with his brother “Boanerges” (Mark 3:17), that is “sons of thunder,” for their strong zeal and great faith.

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Prayers’ Request for Egypt

o Pray for stability to rebuild during this period

o Pray for wisdom for Egypt’s future leaders

o Pray for justice and provision for the poor and destitute, the ones who always suffer the most

o Pray for a spirit of peace to build common ground

o Pray for the protection of our Churches, Pope, Bishops, Priests, all Christians, and the safety of our monasteries

Request for Prayers