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”

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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

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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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Schools Boards in Durham Region

1. Durham District School Board:
The DDSB is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The Board employs more than 7,000 teaching and educational services staff. With 136 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the Board accommodates more than 70,740 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. 
For more information regarding your child’s school designation, please contact DDSB Property and Planning Department via e-mail at: Planning_Department@durham.edu.on.ca or by phone 905-666-6421 or 1-800-339-6913 ext. 6421
To check Durham District School Board’s website, click HERE
 
2. Durham Catholic District School Board:
The DCDSB, as followers of Jesus, is a Catholic learning community committed to educating students to contribute their God-given talents in service to others.  The DCDSB mission is to building and sustaining the Catholic capacity of educators through the development and provision of high quality Catholic curriculum, resources, support and professional development.
The Catholic Curriculum Corporation is a consortium of seventeen Catholic school boards across central and western Ontario.
As an important partner in Catholic education, they recognize that Catholic education exists to provide a holistic formation of people as living witnesses of faith. They demonstrate their mission when they engage with, and support their member boards in sustained, substantive school improvement and student growth that is reflective of a Catholic professional learning community.
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3. Private Schools in Durham Region:
Great Beginnings Montessori School (GBMS) and Durham Elementary Private School (DEPS) are independent schools. GBMS and DEPS are members in good standing of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
In GBMS, each of the Montessori classes operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its own set of ground rules that differ from age to age, but is always based on core Montessori beliefs: respect for each other and the environment.
Children are free to work at their own pace with materials that they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on his or her observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials are appropriate to introduce to an individual child, to a small group, or to a large group. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.
 
DEPS is an academically focussed school which helps students regardless of ability, to attain their personal best. This is achieved through small class sizes and individual attention from caring, dedicated teachers in an environment conducive to learning.
DEPS provides a quality education based on traditional values and morals. Their individual classes provide a quiet, controlled, stimulating environment where each student develops at his/her own pace.
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