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Axios! Ordination of Fr. Andrew Hanna

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Their Graces Bishop Serapion and Bishop Thomas of el-Qusiya celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Mary and St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church and ordained a new presbyter to serve at the church. The blessed servant, Andrew Hanna, was ordained as Fr. Andrew Hanna after being …

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On the Ecclesiastical Choir

by Bishop Serapion

The goal of the Ecclesiastical Choir is to encourage girls and female youth to learn and memorize church hymns, and to participate in the liturgical life of the Church. The Development of the Ecclesiastical Choir From the beginning of my service in Los Angeles, I noticed that church choirs, as a service, were made up primarily of females who focused on singing Western songs, avoiding learning Coptic hymns as families paid more attention to their sons who were ordained as Psaltos (Chanters) in the Church. This affected the psychology of many girls who were in a sensitive age. Thus, the idea of the Ecclesiastical Choir developed with the following goals: Encouraging girls and female youth to learn, memorize and chant the hymns of the Church Encouraging girls and female youth to attend Church services early and participate with the rest of the congregation in praise and the recitation of congregational responses Encourage girls and female youth to dress appropriately in a special uniform that conforms to the ethics and spirit of the Church. Thus, ecclesiastical…

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