January 6, 2016

God Dwells with Us Forever

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is good to meditate on some of the types and symbols of His Birth in the Old Testament. One of the most beautiful foreshadowings of the birth of Christ can be found in 3 Kingdoms 8:26-30 (LXX). 1 In this passage, the Holy Prophet-King Solomon, the son of the Holy Prophet-King David, had just finished constructing the magnificent Temple – …

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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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January 4, 2016

Excused Absence Letter for Feast of the Nativity

In response to the request of many parents for an official letter outlining the Coptic Orthodox tradition of celebrating Christmas, the Feast of our Lord’s Nativity, on January 7, Fr. Michael Fanous has prepared the following letter that may be signed by parents and submitted to their child’s school. Nativity Excused Absence

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December 10, 2015

The Joy and Wonder of Kiahk

During this holy month of Kiahk in the Coptic Orthodox Church, we commemorate the events that led to the transformation of the world through the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to be attentive and faithful during this time as we see the Feast of the Nativity on the horizon, rapidly approaching as each day passes. It is a time for us to prepare and wait for the feast which commemorates the – …

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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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January 5, 2014

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2014

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, It is my pleasure to wish all of you a joyous Feast of the Nativity of our God, Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ, Who came to our world to save us from bondage to sin, to rule over our hearts, and to help us enter into His Heavenly Kingdom. The Wise Men, who came to see the Divine Baby in Bethlehem, were the first fruits of – …

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January 5, 2013

Papal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2013

I congratulate you my dear beloved children on this blessed Christmas, wishing you the blessings of joy, richness and peace in your life, work, and families from the Holy Born Baby in the manger – blessings. May all Christmas celebrations find you filled with peace in spirit and good health. The Precious Event The incarnation and birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the most precious events in the history of mankind. In – …

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January 2, 2013

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2013

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, It is my pleasure to wish you a Blessed Feast of the Nativity, in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who was incarnate for our salvation. The Birth of Christ is a new beginning for all mankind. Through His Birth, our Lord Jesus Christ has shined on humanity, similar to when light dawns and shines in the pitch-darkness. St. John – …

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January 7, 2012

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2012

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, It is my pleasure to wish you a Blessed Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ and a joyous New Year. This past year was deeply tinted with the blood of our martyrs in Alexandria, Al-Muquattam, and Maspero. We lived through the harsh events in Egypt and America.  In Egypt, the Church offered tens of pure martyrs and hundreds of confessors as victims of the religious – …

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January 7, 2011

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2011

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, I start my message with the same words that St. Gregory the Theologian started his sermon for the Feast of the Nativity in 380 A.D., “Christ is born, glorify Him. Christ from heaven, go out to meet Him. Christ on earth, exalt Him.” Our celebration this year comes amidst hardships.  The groaning of the injured and those imprisoned, along with the tears of their families and – …

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January 6, 2011

Papal Letter for the Feast of the Nativity 2011

My beloved children in the lands of immigration, both clergy and laity. Peace to you and grace. My congratulations for the Feast of Nativity of our Lord, to Whom is Glory. Be all well, shepherded by God who keeps you. May we hear all good about you. May you have contemplations in the Glorious Nativity and its happenings. As for us, I want you not to worry about us – we are well…… The painful – …

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January 5, 2011

Nativity Discourse

We behold now a great and wondrous mystery. Shepherds with cries of joy come forth as messengers to the sons of mankind, not on their hilly pastures with their flocks conversing and not in the field with their sheep frolicking, but rather in the city of David Bethlehem spiritual songs exclaiming. In the highest sing Angels, proclaiming hymns Archangelic; the heavenly Cherubim and Seraphim sing out praises to the glory of God: “Holy, Holy, Holy…” – …

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