April 9, 2009

Second Annual Conference a Success

On July 26, 2008, Saint Athanasius and Saint Cyril Theological Library held its Second Annual Conference entitled “Understanding the Holy Trinity.” With God’s grace and through your prayers, the conference was a resounding success. The conference commenced with a general youth meeting on the evening of Friday, July 25. Michael Wissa, a student at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts, was the first speaker; he presented his paper entitled “Introduction to Theology” in – …

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April 9, 2009

The Pope in a Series of Meetings

On Wednesday, December 6, the Pope went to the Monastery, whereas the problem was not yet resolved. And there, a delegate of Assiout Priests and Lay members met with the Pope, they presented Him a report, and then they met HH the next week where they presented Him another detailed report signed by the Clergy of Assiout, Deyrout, Manful, Quesada and other regions. Then the Bishop of Manfalot arrived there to meet with HH and – …

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April 9, 2009

Three Reverend Oriental Orthodox Patriarchs Sign Common Declaration in Damascus

Friday and Saturday, December 9-10, 2005, the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Church, His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I of the Syrian Church and His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Church-Catholicosate of Cilicia, held their 8th meeting, at St. Ephrem Monastery, Ma’arat Saydnaya, Damascus, Syria. This fellowship was founded in 1996. During their deliberations, the three Heads addressed issues related to – …

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Tagged: Ecumenism
April 9, 2009

Christian Churches Together (CCT) Formally Launched In Pasadena

Pasadena, Calif., February 9, 2007 – A consensus on the importance of evangelism and the need to eliminate domestic poverty marked the official formation of Christian Churches Together (CCT) meeting here February 6-9. The CCT is composed of 36 churches and national organizations from virtually all U.S. Christian groups who have been seeking to come together for fellowship, worship and opportunities to share in important ministries. “Remember that you belong to God and God does – …

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Tagged: Ecumenism
April 9, 2009

Instructions for Deacons Serving in the Divine Liturgy

Blessing of the “Tunics” The “tunic” should be blessed before the “Matins Raising of Incense”. In case some deacons come late, the “Tunic” can be blessed before the “Agpia”, after the “Agpia” or before the “Absolution of the Servants”. The “Tunic” should not be blessed after the “Absolution of the Servants”. Lighting and Holding the Candles inside the Altar during the “Anaphora” Candles should not be lit while kneeling; therefore, candles should be lit as – …

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April 9, 2009

2006 Diocese Youth Spiritual Competition

Another Year of Success and Blessings for the Diocese Youth Spiritual Competition Over 500 students, ranging from junior high to college age, competed at this year’s diocese-wide Youth Spiritual Competition, held August 19 at Saint John Coptic Orthodox Church.  Saint John Church (Covina) took home first place for the college competition, Saint Mark Church (Los Angeles) won for high school, and Saint George Church (Bellflower) earned first place at the junior high level.  Third place – …

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April 9, 2009

Ordination of Archdeacon Mina Tadrous

On November 24, 2006, on the occasion of the Feast of St. Mina, at St. Mina Church in Riverside, His Grace Bishop Serapion, ordained the blessed servant, Rafaat Tadrous, to the rank of Archdeacon to serve at St. Mina Church in Riverside. May the Lord God bless their service for the Glory of His Name. 

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Tagged: Ordinations
April 9, 2009

Father Samuel Samaan Rested in the Lord

With our firm faith in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come, the Diocese of Los Angeles announces the departure of the blessed and beloved, Fr. Samuel Samaan of St. Abanoub and St. Anthony Church in Corona, on the early Morning of Friday March 2, 2007. Father Samuel Fahiem Samaan was born on September 20, 1936. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Cairo University Faculty of – …

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Tagged: In Memoriam
April 9, 2009

"Bridging the Gap" New DVD Addressing Gap Between Youth & Parents

Bridging the Gap is presented by the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii and produced by Television professionals under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Serapion. It is intended as an educational video describing the challenges and some proposed solutions to the many issues facing Coptic Orthodox families outside of Egypt as a result of immigration and acculturation. The video includes interviews with clergy, professional psychologists, parents and youth within the diocese. The four primary areas of – …

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April 9, 2009

The Opening of the New Church Building of Saint Demiana Church in Bakersfield

By God’s grace and the prayers of our beloved father, H.G. Bishop Serapion, the new church building of St. Demiana Church in Bakersfield is completed and the opening will take place on Saturday November 20th, 2004. H.G. Bishop Serapion will bless the event by praying Vespers on Friday, November 19th and celebrating the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, November 20th. Following the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, there will be a spiritual celebration. Everyone is invited to – …

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April 9, 2009

Ordination of Fr. Antony Selim

On Thursday, June 16th, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III ordained the blessed servant Bishoy Mamdouh Selim as a priest for the Diocese of Los Angeles. The new priest received the name of Fr. Antony. The blessed ordination took place at the church of the Papal Residence in Cairo. The bishops who participated in the blessed ordination were His Grace Bishop Serapion, His Grace Bishop Beeman of Nagada and Quos; His Grace Bishop Youaness, General Bishop – …

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April 9, 2009

Blessing and Laying of Cornerstone of Archangel Raphael and Saint Mina Church in Palmdale

On Friday, February 17th 2006, after the Divine Liturgy, His Grace Bishop Serapion blessed and laid the cornerstone of the new Church building for Archangel Raphael and St. Mina Church in Palmdale. The blessed ceremony was attended by Fr. Paul Megally, Fr. Raphael Hanna, Fr. Danial Azer, Fr. Zocimus Kneiber, Fr. Michael Ibrahim and Fr. Boules Baky. In attendance also, representing Assembly District Sharon Runner and Senator George Runner was Mr. Laryy Grooms; representing Supervisor – …

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