April 30, 2016

Paschal Message for the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection 2016

Your Joy No One Will Take From You (Jn. 16:22)   رسالة عيد القيامة المجيد 2016   My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! It is my pleasure to wish all of you a joyous Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. The Resurrection of Christ grants us everlasting joy, as our Lord Jesus Christ promised His disciples, “Therefore you now – …

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January 25, 2016

SPECIAL: Discipleship in Christ’s Way

What is discipleship? With so many different models of discipleship being spoken of, how are we to understand pure discipleship in a Christian sense? In this short homily, His Grace Bishop Serapion meditates on the proper way to view discipleship.    Download Discipleship in Christs Way – Bishop Serapion

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January 5, 2016

Festal Letter for the Feast of the Nativity 2016

In every major Feast of the Lord, our father in Christ, His Grace Bishop Serapion, issues a Festal Letter to congratulate his children on the Feast and lift their minds to the important meanings therein. Festal Letter for the Feast of the Nativity 2016 [pl_alertbox type=”info”] Download this Festal Letter in PDF and Microsoft Word formats. [/pl_alertbox] [pl_tabs][pl_tabtitlesection type=”tabs”] [pl_tabtitle active=”yes” number=”1″]ENGLISH[/pl_tabtitle][pl_tabtitle number=”2″]ARABIC[/pl_tabtitle][/pl_tabtitlesection] [pl_tabcontentsection][pl_tabcontent active=”yes” number=”1″]My Beloved the Blessed Children of the Church, It is my – …

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April 10, 2015

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2015

“Always Leads Us in Triumph in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:14) My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! It is my pleasure to wish all of you the blessings of the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, in which we celebrate the resurrection and victory of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as our liberation from the bondage to evil and death. During the feast of – …

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January 5, 2015

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2015

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is born, let us glorify Him! Christ is from heaven, let us go and meet Him! Christ on earth, let us exalt Him! It is my pleasure to wish all of you a blessed Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who came for our salvation.  We celebrate God’s wondrous love for us, since He made Himself of no reputation – …

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October 3, 2014

On the Ecclesiastical Choir

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 – …

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April 19, 2014

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2014

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen          Truly He is Risen It is my pleasure to wish all of you a Glorious Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Christ made the whole world rejoice, because humanity, which was separated from God because of sin, has been returned once again to be close to God. Through our Lord Jesus Christ’s death and – …

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January 31, 2014

Christian Unity

Christian unity is an exalted goal that all faithful seek. We pray that God may grant His children to be united in faith. In order to achieve this unity, we must return to the Early Church, especially the Apostolic Era, to understand Christian unity. In the Book of Acts, we read, “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as – …

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November 4, 2013

Dogma and Love

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about dogma and its connection to love.  Those, who adhere to the correct dogma, are attacked by some on the basis that they did not learn love and tolerance for others.  They believe that holding fast to the correct doctrine is a form of fanaticism, which does not agree with the atmosphere of love, which should be present amongst the Christians, especially in our present days.  Some – …

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October 29, 2013

Choosing a Shepherd

You must all exercise great diligence and fervent desire in this matter, that someone may be designated by the Holy Spirit to preside over you who will keep his eye fixed wholly on the things of God and will not allow his gaze to be distracted hither and thither by any of the things prized in this life. It was because of this danger, I think, that the levitical law gave to the Levite no – …

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September 14, 2010

The Martyr Portrays the Icon of the Resurrection

During these blessed and joyous weeks, we celebrate the The Feast of Nairouz and the beginning of another Coptic New Year. The Church chose the beginning of the reign of Emperor Diocletian in 284 A.D. to mark the beginning of the Church Calendar, because he was one of the cruelest emperors, who severely persecuted the Christians, especially in Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church offered thousands of martyrs during the reign of this emperor.When we celebrate – …

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November 30, 2009

Who is the Orthodox Servant?

On November 29, 2009, servants of the churches in the southern region of the Diocese gathered at St. Mary and St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church in Anaheim for a Servants’ Meeting. His Grace Bishop Serapion opened the meeting with a prayer followed by a lecture entitled "Who is the Orthodox Servant?" This lecture addressed stereotypes concerning practices and attitudes in the service that are considered Orthodox and not Orthodox. His Grace taught the gathering that – …

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