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 >

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

The Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast

Nov 25, 2014 – Jan 6, 2015

Hathor 16 – Kioahk, 1731

How, then, was He manifested to the world? A star shone forth in heaven above all the other stars. The light from this star was inexpressible, and its uniqueness struck men with astonishment.
IGNATIUS (C. 105, E), 1.57

Coptic New Year (Nayrouz)

Grant us O Lord Your peace, and save us from the hands of our enemies, humiliate their counsel, and heal our sicknesses.

Bless the crown of the year, with Your goodness O Lord, the rivers and the fountains, the plants and the fruits.
THE HOLY PSALMODY

The Departure of St. Irene

August 27, 2014
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Mesore 21, 1730

Let our glorying and our confidence be in Christ. Let us be subject to His Will. Let us consider the whole multitude of His angels, and how they stand waiting to minister His Will.
ST. CLEMENT OF ROME

St. Mary’s Feast

August 21-22, 2014

Mesore 15-16, 1730

Come and celebrate St. Mary’s Feast vesper prayers on Thursday, August 21 8-9:30 pm; and Divine Liturgy on Friday, August 22 9-11:30 am

 

Your name, O Mary, is a precious ointment, which breathes forth the odor of Divine Grace. Let this ointment of salvation enter the innermost recesses of our souls.
ST. AMBROSE

St. Abanoub’s Martyrdom

July 31, 2014

Epep 24, 1730

For the dead, the remembrance performed by the saints (i.e. believers) during their lifetime is beneficial.
ST. EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN

On this day, St. Apanoub (Abba Nob) was martyred. He was born in the city of Nehisa (District of Talkha). His parents were pure and merciful and they reared him in the fear of God. When Diocletian incited the persecution against the Christian, St. Apanoub was twelve years old, and he desired to shed his blood for the Name of Christ. One day he went to the church, and he heard the priest teaching the believers, strengthening them in the Faith, warning them from worshipping the idols, and encouraging them to deliver themselves over to death for the sake of the Lord Christ. He returned to his house, and set before him all what his father had left him of gold, silver, and apparels and told himself it is written, ‘The world is passing away, and the lust of it.’ (I John 2:17) Straightway he rose up, and gave all his money to the poor and needy, then went to Samanoud, walking along the river bank. He confessed the Name of the Lord Christ before Lucianus the governor, who tortured him severely. Then he hung him up upon the mast of his ship head downwards. The governor sat down to eat and to drink, and the vessel which was in his hand became a stone. The angel of the Lord came down from heaven, released the saint, and wiped up the blood that was running down from his nose and mouth. The governor and his soldiers were greatly disturbed. Strong winds blew, that made the ship to sail fast to Athribis. When they arrived, the soldiers unfastened their belts, and cast them before the governor, then confessed the Lord Christ and they received the crown of martyrdom. The governor of Athribis tortured St. Apanoub (Abba Nob) severely, then sent him to the city of Alexandria. There, he was tortured until he delivered up his pure soul and received the crown of martyrdom. St. Julius El-Akfahsi was present, he wrote the biography of St. Apanoub, took his body and sent it with some of his men to his hometown Nehisa. Many churches were built in his name. Many signs and miracles were manifested from his body which is now located in his church in the city of Samanoud.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.

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.