July 14, 2016

July 2016 Clergy Meeting at Holy Annunciation Church

On July 14, 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan, along with the auxiliary bishops, Their Graces Bishop Abraham and Kyrillos, met with the diocesan clergy at Holy Annunciation Coptic Orthodox Church in Inglewood for their regular monthly meeting. The day began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy followed by an agape meal and a discussion of important administrative issues. Fr. Gregory Bishay delivered an important presentation on the growing topic of Apologetics before the meeting was adjourned with – …

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September 19, 2015

One-Year Commemoration of the Departure of Reverend Hegumen Father Bishoy Gobreial

The Diocese today commemorated the one-year anniversary after the departure of Reverend Hegumen Father Bishoy Gobreial who faithfully served St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles from 1979 until his departure from this vale of tears on September 14, 2014.As a dedicated servant, he also served elsewhere in the Diocese and North America, and was instrumental in establishing parishes in Bellflower, West Covina, Santa Monica, Fresno, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, and more.For this reason, the – …

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September 18, 2014

Diocese Bids Farewell to Hegumen Father Bishoy Gobreial

On Thursday, September 18, the Diocese community gathered under the leadership of our father in Christ, His Grace Bishop Serapion, to bid farewell to the beloved father, Hegumen Bishoy Gobreial, who departed into eternal rest on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the age of 86. The funeral service was preceded by the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by His Grace and several diocesan clergy. Afterwards, the funeral service for departed priests commenced with many priests carrying – …

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September 14, 2014

The Departure of Hegumen Father Bishoy Gobreial

With a firm hope in our Savior’s Resurrection from the dead, the Diocese announces the departure of the Reverend Hegumen Father Bishoy Gobreial on Sunday, September 14, 2014. He is the first presbyter who was assigned to the Diocese’s first parish, St. Mark Church in Los Angeles. Father Bishoy was born in Egypt in 1928 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University in 1951, and a diploma in – …

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August 24, 2010

On the Duties of Clergy

Happiness in life is to be gained by living virtuously, inasmuch as thus a Christian, whilst despising glory and the favour of men, desires to please God alone in what he does. 1. In the first book we spoke of the duties which we thought befitted a virtuous life, whereon no one has ever doubted but that a blessed life, which the Scripture calls eternal life, depends. So great is the splendor of a virtuous – …

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April 9, 2009

The Honor Due to a Priest

Whoever honors the priest will honor God, and he who has learned to despise the priest will gradually proceed in time to insult God also. ‘He who receives you receives Me.’ [Mt. 10:40]. And it is written, ‘But hold His priests in honor.’ [Sir. 7:31]. Hence, the Jews learned to despise God because they despised Moses and would have stoned him [cf. 17:4]. And when someone acts reverently towards a priest, he will be much – …

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