Weekday Divine Liturgy

Service is called the Divine Liturgy. It is comprised of two main parts: the first is Liturgy of the Word which consists of introductory litanies (or prayers) and scripture readings, culminating in a reading from one of the gospels and a homily (or sermon); the second is Liturgy of the Faithful in which the Eucharist is offered, consecrated, and received […]

University Students & Graduates Youth Meeting

Youth Meeting is held every Thursday, starting at 8:00 p.m. sharp and ending at 9:30 p.m. We start with the prayer of Compline (12th Hour) of the Book of Hours (Agpeya), followed by chants/songs, a “10 Minutes” activity or devotional, and a lesson delivered by Fr. Jerome.

Vespers

Also called the Raising of Incense, Vespers is an introduction and preparation for the Liturgy, consisting of a collection of prayers and praises which request the Lord’s blessings upon the sacramental service.

Midnight Praises

The Praise consists of various canticles directly from the Bible, known in the Coptic language as a “Hoos”, as well as other praises that vary by day of the week and by church season. As its name suggests, the Midnight Praises typically happen late at night, preceding a liturgy in the morning, or following the Raising […]

Divine Liturgy

Service is called the Divine Liturgy. It is comprised of two main parts: the first is Liturgy of the Word which consists of introductory litanies (or prayers) and scripture readings, culminating in a reading from one of the gospels and a homily (or sermon); the second is Liturgy of the Faithful in which the Eucharist is offered, consecrated, and received […]

The Holy Nativity Feast

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, was born of the Most Holy Virgin Mary in the city of Bethlehem during the reign of the emperor Augustus (Octavian). Caesar Augustus decreed that a universal census be made throughout his Empire, which then also included Palestinian Israel. The Jews were accustomed to be counted […]

St. Mary’s Fast

Saint Mary’s Fast by H.H. Pope Shenouda III What is it about this fast for the Holy Theotokos that draws the Coptic Orthodox faithful with such fervor? The Church celebrates the fast of our Lady the Virgin beginning with the first of Mesra (the 7th of August). It is a fast for which people care […]

The Feast of Transfiguration

During the month of August, the Coptic Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Tabor. The Feast of the Transfiguration is considered one of the seven Minor Feasts of the Lord. The Transfiguration is mentioned in Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-13, and Luke 9:28-36. It is stated in both […]

The Nayrouz Feast (Coptic New Year)

Albair Gamal Mikhail January 13, 2004 The rite of the Feast of the Nayrouz (Coptic New Year – Feast of the Martyrs), and until 16 Thoout. Introduction The Feast of Nayrouz marks the beginning of the Coptic New Year: the first of Thoout. The readings on this day all relate to this celebration. In the […]

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