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

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Chapel Construction Update – June 2014

Here are some of the new pictures taken showing the development with constructions of the Chapel. More to come…

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Posters of the New Church Concept Design signed by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II

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Mahragan Alkeraza’ 2013 Awards Ceremony – Sep 29, 2013

More than 580 participants from 9 Coptic Orthodox Churches across Ontario came together on SUN Sep 29th, 2013 at Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Mississauga to celeberate and distribute the Mahragan Awards to all participants.
 
Our beloved SMSJB Church participated as well with more than 50 participants from different groups in multiple activities declaring  “Yes! We’re coming to You O’Lord as You taught us this year throught the Mahragan 2013′ theme:
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With the prayers and under the patronage of H.G. Bishop Mina, bishop of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada, the Coptic families of 580 participants came together to celebrate and receive with their kids the Mahragan awards.  G1 and G2 of our SMSJB Church got the first place in the Play and the second place in the Choir Performance.  In addition, G1 and G2 got the first place in Soccer.  G3 to G6 got the first place in the Play, second place in Choir Performance and the first place in Soccer.  G7 and G8 got the first place in the Play and the second place in the Choir Performance.
Thank You Lord for the great benefits we acquire from all the relevants activities.  God reward you all.

A Visionary Leader

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18

In the old days, God led Adam and Eve out of the garden in order not to let them eat from the tree of life and live forever as evil people. It was a sad scene, but God had a vision to save them when He said: “The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent” Genesis 3:15

God as a true Leader chose Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua and many others throughout generations to guide His people. In the book of Numbers, God used to lead His people as a pillar of clouds by day and a pillar of fire by night. He sent His commandments to act as binding by-laws to guide us through our daily struggles. In the last days, He manifested Himself to us through His Only Begotten Son, Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ “St. Basil Liturgy”

He came to our earth not only to reveal Himself or to perform miracles, but with a vision to redeem us. Warren Bennis said: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality”. That was truly seen in our Lord Jesus Christ when He made salvation a reality and paradise open again. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.

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