May 1, 2016

His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion Receives Clergy and Dignitaries for the Feast of the Resurrection 2016

As part of the Diocese’s celebration of the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion received clergy and dignitaries at the diocesan headquarters in Los Angeles on May 1, 2016. Among the esteemed guests were clergy from around the Diocese who came from the various parishes with their families, bearing greetings to His Eminence on this most auspicious occasion. In addition, His Eminence joyfully welcomed Her Excellency, Ambassador Lamia Mekhimar, the Consul – …

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April 30, 2016

Paschal Message for the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection 2016

Your Joy No One Will Take From You (Jn. 16:22)   رسالة عيد القيامة المجيد 2016   My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! It is my pleasure to wish all of you a joyous Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. The Resurrection of Christ grants us everlasting joy, as our Lord Jesus Christ promised His disciples, “Therefore you now – …

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June 1, 2015

Highlights of the May 2015 Decrees of the Holy Synod

In the week before the Holy Feast of Pentecost, the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church and its subcommittees convened to discuss various issues facing the Church. A summary of all the decrees may be found at CopticWorld via this link. Some notable highlights: The Resurrection Reenactment In the Rite of the Divine Liturgy for the Glorious Feast of our Lord’s Resurrection, there is a “Resurrection Reenactment” in which the curtain of the Holy – …

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April 10, 2015

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2015

“Always Leads Us in Triumph in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:14) My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! It is my pleasure to wish all of you the blessings of the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, in which we celebrate the resurrection and victory of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as our liberation from the bondage to evil and death. During the feast of – …

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April 19, 2014

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2014

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen          Truly He is Risen It is my pleasure to wish all of you a Glorious Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Christ made the whole world rejoice, because humanity, which was separated from God because of sin, has been returned once again to be close to God. Through our Lord Jesus Christ’s death and – …

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May 4, 2013

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2013

The Resurrection of Christ gives us strength in time of weakness and allows us to feel the Divine power, which is with us and is greater than the power of evil, upon which those who persecute us and fight against us depend on. My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! It is my pleasure to wish all of you a Glorious Feast of the Resurrection of – …

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August 17, 2012

On the Resurrection of Lazarus

A man was raised up by Him who made man: for He is the only One of the Father, by whom, as you know, all things were made. And if all things were made by Him, what wonder is it that one was raised by Him, when so many are daily brought into the world by His power? It is a greater deed to create men than to raise them again from the dead. Yet – …

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April 14, 2012

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2012

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church Christ is Risen Truly He is Risen Today, we rejoice in the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. Indeed, today is the day which the Lord has made. The Resurrection of Christ is not just a historical event, but is a living event which we live and rejoice in it. The Resurrection of Christ is the resurrection of all of us, as St. – …

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April 23, 2011

Paschal Letter for the Feast of the Resurrection 2011

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is Risen Truly He is Risen “But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” (Matt. 26:32) It is my pleasure to wish you a glorious Feast of the Resurrection, asking our Good Lord to grant us the joy and power of His glorious Resurrection. The Resurrection of Christ gives us power and joy in the midst of the difficulties and – …

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April 23, 2011

Glorious Feast of the Resurrection and the Holy Fifty Days

The Coptic Orthodox Church brings to mind the present reality of the power of Christ’s resurrection from the dead on the third day. By His death, Christ has trampled death and has bestowed eternal life to those in the tombs. The Lord of Glory raised Himself from the dead on the Sunday of Resurrection. He rose for us to clothe us with the new man and grant us eternal life. Quote: Before the divine sojourn – …

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September 14, 2010

The Martyr Portrays the Icon of the Resurrection

During these blessed and joyous weeks, we celebrate the The Feast of Nairouz and the beginning of another Coptic New Year. The Church chose the beginning of the reign of Emperor Diocletian in 284 A.D. to mark the beginning of the Church Calendar, because he was one of the cruelest emperors, who severely persecuted the Christians, especially in Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church offered thousands of martyrs during the reign of this emperor.When we celebrate – …

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April 6, 2010

Festal Letter 1

Come, my beloved, the season calls us to keep the feast. Again, ‘the Sun of Righteousness, causing His divine beams to rise upon us, proclaims beforehand the time of the feast, in which, obeying Him, we ought to celebrate it, lest when the time has passed by, gladness likewise may pass us by. For discerning the time is one of the duties most urgent on us, for the practice of virtue; so that the blessed – …

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