St. Mary’s Fast Spiritual Revival

Feast of the Apostles And Our Church

St_Peter_St_PaulOur church is celebrating the Apostles’ Feast this coming weekend
-  Praying the vesper prayers on Sat, July 11th at 7:30 pm; followed by a word from Dr. Mamdouh Armis and Aghapy
- Praying the Matin prayers on Sunday, July 12th at 8:30 am; followed by the Liturgy of water “Laquan” from 9:00-10:00 am; then the Divine Liturgy from 10:00 am – 12 noon.
This Feast is very special to our church as it is the day when we received the precious Church Land from God’ Hands four years ago on July 12th, 2011.
So everyone is invited to participate in this wonderful occasion and celebrate God’s gift.
Please book your calendar and spare some time after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday for BBQ, Cake and fellowship.
May God continue blessing Our Beloved Church and us all

St. John the Beloved’s Vesper Prayers

st-john-the-beloved-laying-his-head-on-the-chest-of-our-lord-at-the-last-supperOur beloved Church will pray vesper prayer and celebrate St. John the Beloved’s feast, on Saturday May 23 at 7:00 PM followed by a sermon from Dr. Mamdouh Armis about St John’s life an teachings.
We will celebrate the feast on Sunday May 24 followed by servants’ meeting at 1:00 PM. We ask the Lord through the prayers and blessings of St. John the Beloved our patron to bless our Church, our Congregation, our Community and all our Church’s ministries.

The Holy Feast of Ascension

Ascension05Because in His divinity, He is everywhere, He does not ascend nor descend. Therefore, in the Liturgy of St. Gregory we say “And You ascended into the heavens in the body…” This ascension is evidence that His Glorified Body is not subject to the earth’s gravitational laws. It is also evidence of His Divinity. He ascended before His disciples as they were looking. This scene strengthened their faith because the Lord not only resurrected using His Divine power, but He also ascended into heaven in front of them.

In His ascension to Heaven, He did not leave His church alone on Earth.

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Raised Up to Sit in Heavenly Places

And raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:6).

Our Salvation was achieved by our Lord Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and accomplished by His resurrection and lifting up from this world into heaven. The fullness of Christ’s resurrection is given in the ascension. The ascension completes the resurrection. Without the resurrection Christ’s death would be meaningless “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty” (1 Cor 15:14). Continue Reading From Suscopt.org

المسيح قام – بالحقيقة قام

Christ is Risen, Truly He is Risen!

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Resurrection_guardsAs we celebrate the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, let us rejoice in the glorious immortality of man brought about by the first born of the dead–our beloved Risen Lord. While it is important to commemorate our Lord Jesus Christ’s suffering on earth it is equally as important to profess our belief in the glorious resurrection of our Lord, His blessed soul was raised from the dead. Many of the early church fathers describe our Lord Jesus as “the first fruits from the dead”.

We can surmise four characteristics of the Lord Jesus Christ’s glorious resurrected body, 1) He was raised in flesh that was impassable, 2) Our Lord’s risen body was glorious, radiant and pure, 3) His Holy body was swift to appear and disappear at His will, and 4) His resurrected body of flesh was also spiritual in nature. Continue Reading From Suscopt.org by Bishop Youssef.

لحن يا كل الصفوف السمائيين - صفحة طقوس و ألحان الكنيسة القبطية الارثوذكسية

لحن اخرستوس انيستي - أداء فرقة دافيد – من تسجيلات قناة سي تي في

ترنيمة المسيح قام – ترانيم فريق الحياة الأفضل

Holy Pascha 2015

“Let us weep for ourselves whilst we still have the time, so that when our departure cometh nigh we may not be found asking God for more time wherein to repent. A wretched thing is that soul, and greatly to be blamed, which hath left the world, but which had not dedicated itself to God, and which had not lived worthily of its promise. Let us not then, O my brethren, allow this world, which is a small and contemptible thing, and which resembleth a fleeting shadow, to steal away from us blessed and immortal life.” St. Pachomius.

Schedule for Holy Pascha

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Holy Pascha Thok ta ti gom Coptic Hymn لك القوة والمجد https://youtu.be/FTIg98vLFBo

Common Paschal Prayers: According to the Rites and Tradition of The Coptic Orthodox Church By Dr. William A. Hanna (2003)

Listen to The Passion (Pascha) Week hymns by The Heritage of the Coptic Orthodox Church (HCOC) choir

 

Holy Great Fast

Holy Great Fast Dates:

Feb 16 – Apr 3, 2015
Meshir 9 – Paremhotep 25, 1731

Readings During the Holy Great Fast:

Journey through the Holy Great Fast
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Church Schedule: “Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly” (Joel 2:15)

  • Tuesdays: Divine Liturgy 10 AM -1:00 PM * Prayer Meeting 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.
  • Wednesdays: Divine Liturgy 3:30 PM -6:30 PM * English Bible Study 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM.
  • Thursdays: Divine Liturgy 9 AM -12:00 Noon followed by Aghapy and Seniors Meeting.
  • Fridays: Divine Liturgy 5 AM -7:30 AM * Hymns class 7:30 PM * Youth Meetings and Activities 8:00 PM.
  • Saturdays: Vesper Prayers 7 PM – 7:30 PM followed by bible study and kids activities then Tasbeha.
  • Sundays: Divine Liturgy 9 AM -12:00 Noon followed by Sunday School and servants meeting.

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The Holy Great Fast and Spiritual Discipline

The true fast is that in which sins, anger, tongue, and instincts are under control” (St Basil the Great).

The Holy Great Fast is often referred to as “The Spring of Our Spiritual Life”. Spring being the most beautiful season of the year and a time of spiritual renewal.

The 55 days of the Holy Great Fast are considered the most Holy days of fasting of the Coptic Church. Fifty-five days include the forty days, which were fasted by the Lord Himself, the Passion Week, and the first initial week to prepare us spiritually before this great season of renewal. We fast to commemorate His sufferings on the Holy Cross, for spiritual discipline and our salvation.

Much has been written regarding fasting associated with foods. Yet, fasting is not only abstaining from certain foods. It is a time for us to have our hearts filled with the Holy Spirit. How can our hearts be filled with the Holy Spirit and guarded against all sin? Read More From Suscopts.org >

Jonah’s Fast

The church celebrates Jonah’ fast on February 2, 3 & 4, 2015.

“Jonah, according to Hebrew tradition, was the son of the widow, whom Elijah, the prophet, raised from the dead at Zarephath of Sidon (II Kings 17:10-24). He was a prophet in the Northern Kingdom of Israel around 825-784 BC. Therefore, Jonah prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam II, the King of Samaria (II Kings 14:25).

The Holy Book of Jonah in the Old Testament tells the familiar story of Jonah, the fleeing prophet. Forty-eight verses comprise the entire story. This is a story of a legendary character with a nature similar to our own. Jonah, a contemporary of the prophet Amos, had faults, shortcomings, and weaknesses” (Bishop Youssef, 2015). Read more from Suscopts.com

Jonah Service schedule:

  • Monday Feb 2, 2015: Liturgy 10:30 AM – 1 PM
  • Tuesday Feb 2, 2015: Liturgy 10:30 AM – 1 PM – Prayers Meeting: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015: Liturgy 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM – English Bible Study: 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Thursday, Feb 5, 2015: Liturgy 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM followed by Seniors Outing
  • Friday, Feb 6, 2015: Liturgy 5:00 AM – 7:30 AM – Hymn Class: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Middle, High School, & University meetings starts at 8:30 PM.
  • Saturday, Feb 7, 2015: Vesper Prayers 7:00 PM followed by bible study and kids activities
  • Sunday, Feb 8, 2015: Liturgy 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM followed by Sunday Schools and Servants Meeting

 

 

Kiahk Praises

2014 Kiahk Praises start Saturday December 13 from 5:00 PM till Midnight.

“David the prophet prayed late at night; waking in the middle of the night, he prayed before the day; at the dawn of the day he stood before the Lord; in the small hours he prayed, in the evening and at mid-day he prayed again, and this is why he said, “Seven times a day have I praised you.” (Ps. 119:164) – From the Sayings of Epiphanious, Bishop of Cyprus – From the book of “The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Pg. 58″

Theotokos

The praise of Kiahk (also known as “7 and 4″) on the Eve of Sunday is the praise of every eve of Sunday all year, since Sunday is the day of the Resurrection when the Church stays awake until daybreak. Eventually, it contacts the dawn of eternity, whose sun never leaves, because the Lord Jesus, the true Light, the Sun of Righteousness, will be its light. It begins with the Agpeya prayer in which the gospel of the meeting with the virgins who lit their lamps (Mat 25:1-13) is read, then the gospel of repentance out of love for Christ, offering feelings of their love with the fragrant oil which the woman poured (Luke 7:36-50). Then it concludes the appointed times of the Lord for the little flock separated from the world whom the Lord became their share (Luke 12:32-46). About Kiahk (From the website: STMARKLA).

Read more about the Coptic Hymns – From Tasbeha.org

Listen to Nativity praisesTasbeha.org