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
November 2, 2008

Ordination of Presbyter Father Lazarus Yassa for the Diocese

On Sunday November 2, 2008, His Grace Bishop Serapion ordained the blessed servant George Yassa (now Fr. Lazarus Yassa) as a presbyter for the Diocese of Los Angeles to serve Saint Mina Coptic Orthodox Church in Riverside, California. His Grace Bishop Youssef of the Diocese of the Southern United States and Abbot of Saint Moses Coptic Orthodox Abbey in Texas participated in the ordination. The new presbyter will travel to the Monastery of Saint Pishoy in – …

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Tagged: Ordinations
October 18, 2008

Ordination of Presbyter Father Daniel Habib for the Diocese

On Sunday October 19, 2008 His Grace Bishop Serapion ordained the blessed servant Daniel Habib (now Fr. Daniel Habib) as a presbyter for the Diocese of Los Angeles to serve Saint John Coptic Orthodox Church in Covina, California. His Eminence Metropolitan Hedra of the Diocese of Aswan, Egypt participated in the ordination. The new presbyter will travel to the Monastery of Saint Pishoy in Wadi El Natroun Region, Egypt to spend his forty days and – …

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Tagged: Ordinations