April 9, 2009

Beloved Archdeacon Youssef Abdelmalek Rests in the Lord

Archdeacon Youssef Ragheb Abdelmalek reposed peacefully on the evening of February 17, 2008. Archdeacon Youssef was born in Egypt on March 8, 1923. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cairo University in 1948. He worked as an Engineer for many years and reached the rank of Deputy Chairmen of the National Organization of water and Sanitary Drainage in Cairo. He served in many churches in Egypt before coming to California in 1985. – …

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Tagged: In Memoriam
March 8, 2009

Spiritual Day for Junior High Youth – Creation versus Evolution

On Saturday, March 14, St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church will hold a spiritual day for junior-high youth on the topic “Creation versus Evolution.” The aim of the programme is to educate young Orthodox Christian youth on the Church’s teaching on the creation versus evolution debate. In addition, the day will offer fellowship, skits, and games to both educate and entertain the youth. The schedule will be as follows: 10:00 – 10:30 Welcome 10:30 – 11:00 – …

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February 12, 2009

Dr. Hans-Jurgen Feulner to Address Diocese Clergy on Oriental Orthodox Liturgies

POMONA, CA – On Thursday, January 19, 2009, His Grace Bishop Serapion and the clergy of the Diocese will convene at St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church in Irvine, California for their monthly clergy meeting.  By special invitation of His Grace Bishop Serapion, the clergy will be edified with a lecture on the history of Oriental Orthodox liturgies by Dr. Hans-Jürgen Feulner. Dr. Feulner is a university professor for Liturgical Studies and Theology of the Sacraments – …

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Tagged: Liturgy
February 5, 2009

2009 Convention Information and Registration

The Diocese is pleased to offer complete information and online registration for the 2009 conventions for college, high school, and junior high youth. The summer conventions are a great way for Coptic Orthodox youth in the Diocese to benefit spiritually from dynamic speakers while building lasting friendships with their peers and friend from all parts of the Diocese. God willing, this year will be the most successful year yet. For the first time, the Diocese – …

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January 30, 2009

Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant Organizations File Amicus Brief in Prop. 8 Case

According to the Catholic News Agency, a coalition of Jewish, Catholic and Protestant organizations has filed an amicus curiae brief with the California Supreme Court arguing that Proposition 8–the successful California ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in November 2008–should be upheld. The brief offers the following points: Proposition 8 prevents a conflict between the church and state in issues that are undoubtedly affected by same-sex marriage, such as housing and public accommodations. Overturning Proposition – …

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January 27, 2009

Bishop Serapion to Travel to Russia for the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill

On January 29, 2009, His Grace Bishop Serapion will travel to Moscow, Russia on behalf of the Coptic Orthodox Church to congratulate and attend the enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad as the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the official title of the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Patriarch-elect received 508 of the 702 available votes in the secret election. He succeeds Patriarch Alexei II, who reposed – …

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Tagged: Ecumenism
January 22, 2009

Diocese Policy on Agape Meals after Divine Liturgies

“… And breaking bread from house to house, the ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.” Acts 2:46 We ask all the parish churches of the Diocese of Los Angeles to hold fast the Biblical-Patristic Tradition of Agape Meals after Divine Liturgies. We encourage every parish church to invite her beloved children, after the Divine Liturgy, to share together with gladness and simplicity of heart a simple Agape Meal without sale and purchase – …

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Tagged: Rites
January 19, 2009

Diocese Clarifies Rite of Adam and Watos Verses of Cymbals on Saturday Evening

On December 11, 2008, His Grace Bishop Serapion clarified a liturgical rubrics question in a meeting with the clergy of the Diocese. The question presented was: In the Vespers Raising of Incense on Saturday evening, is it proper to chant the Adam (Amoini Marenousht) or Watos (Tenousht) Verses of the Cymbals? His Grace clarified that the rites of the Raising of Incense on Saturday evening follow the occasion/event of Sunday, the next day. For this – …

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Tagged: Liturgy, Rites
December 13, 2008

Reception of Father Daniel Habib

With great joy and enthusiasm, the Diocese received newly ordained Presbyter Father Daniel Habib on Saturday, December 6, 2008 after his return from Egypt where he spent 40 days in spiritual retreat and training to prepare for his service. Father Daniel was received by the priests and congregation of Saint John Coptic Orthodox Church, where he will begin his service immediately. May God preserve the life of our honored father, His Grace Bishop Serapion, and – …

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Tagged: Ordinations
November 14, 2008

Bishop Serapion Attends Global Christian Forum (GCF) Meeting in New Delhi

His Grace Bishop Serapion traveled to New Delhi, India to attend a Global Christian Forum programme that focused on the evaluation of the organization’s work throughout the past decade and a plan for the coming years. Attending the programme with His Grace were approximately sixty representatives of several families of the Christian Church throughout the world. The programme also focused on the increased violence against Christians over the past few months, and in particular, the – …

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Tagged: Ecumenism
November 7, 2008

Amicus Curiae Brief on Behalf of the Orthodox Church Against Roe v. Wade

Fourteen years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which established a woman’s right to have an abortion in the United States, the state of Missouri passed a law which stated that “the life of each human being begins at conception” and “unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being.” It required that all Missouri state laws be interpreted to provide unborn children with rights equal to those enjoyed by other – …

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Tagged: Abortion
November 6, 2008

His Grace Bishop Serapion Speaks about Unity

His Grace Bishop Serapion addressed the faculty and students of Claremont Graduate University and the School of Theology on the evening of October 29, 2008. The topic of His Grace’s lecture was “Unity from an Orthodox Perspective.” His Grace spoke of the Coptic Orthodox Church’s belief and commitment to unity, as evidenced in the Holy Scriptures, writings of the Church Fathers, and the prayers and services of the Coptic Church. In addition, His Grace delivered – …

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Tagged: Ecumenism