March 17, 2016

Schedule of Divine Liturgies throughout the Great Fast 2016

For those seeking to benefit from this season of fasting, the Diocese is pleased to offer a page dedicated to the schedule of Divine Liturgies in parishes around the Diocese throughout the Great Holy Fast 2016. You may access it below or from the Diocese > Diocese Parishes menu above. Schedule of Divine Liturgies during the Great Holy Fast 2016

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February 12, 2015

GYP Lenten Retreat: Register Today!

“The day when God is absent, when He is silent – that is the beginning of prayer.” -Met. Anthony Bloom (Beginning to Pray) Under the auspices of H.G. Bishop Serapion, the Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) committee invites you to the 6th Annual Lenten Retreat on March 20–22, 2015. This year we are blessed to have Father Antony Paul (Saint Paul Brotherhood) speak to us about THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER – based on Met. Anthony Bloom’s “Beginning to Pray” – …

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March 3, 2014

Diocesan Schedule of Services throughout the Great Holy Fast 2014

The Great Holy Fast, sometimes known as Lent, is a 55-day period of intense prayer, fasting, charity, and repentance. Throughout these holy days, the faithful make a conscious effort to immerse themselves more in the life of the Church, especially through attendance of Divine Liturgies as often as possible. To help faithful throughout the diocese find available services in their area, the attached PDF has been prepared at the direction of Bishop Serapion. It lists – …

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March 7, 2011

"The Great Lent" Publication Available for Ordering

The diocese joyfully announces the availability of its publication, The Great Lent, part of the popular Treasures of the Fathers series. The Great Lent is Volume II of the series, and it offers readers a rich treasure of patristic writings from St. Athanasius, St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory Nazianzen, the Scholar Origen, and many others. Also included in this volume is a series of three articles containing an introduction to the spirituality of – …

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March 15, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the Sixth Sunday of the Great Lent

On March 21, 2010, (12 Baramhat 1726 A.M.) the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria observes the Sixth Sunday of the Great Lent, in which we remember how we have been enlightened through baptism. As part of the diocese’s spiritual program during this holy season, our father, His Grace Bishop Serapion, has recorded a pastoral message for this Sunday of the Great Lent. It is available for streaming and downloading here: Pastoral Message for the Sixth – …

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March 8, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent

On March 14, 2010, (5 Baramhat 1726 A.M.) the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria observes the Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent, in which we profess our Lord Jesus Christ as the source of all healing for our bodies and souls alike. We also remember Bethsaida as a symbol of our baptism by which we are healed of our illnesses. As part of the diocese’s spiritual program during this holy season, our father, His Grace – …

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March 1, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent

On March 7, 2010, (28 Meshir 1726 A.M.) the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria observes the Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent, in which we remember how our Lord Jesus Christ broke all barriers to lead the Samaritan woman to the light of His knowledge and grant her the Living Water. As part of the diocese’s spiritual program during this holy season, our father, His Grace Bishop Serapion, has recorded a pastoral message for this – …

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February 22, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the Third Sunday of the Great Lent

On February 28, 2010, (21 Meshir 1726 A.M.) the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria observes the Third Sunday of the Great Lent, in which we remember the Father embracing and kissing the neck of the Prodigal Son who returned to him in sincere repentance. As part of the diocese’s spiritual program during this holy season, our father, His Grace Bishop Serapion, has recorded a pastoral message for this Sunday of the Great Lent. It is – …

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February 16, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the Second Sunday of the Great Lent

On February 21, 2010, (14 Meshir 1726 A.M.) the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria observes the Second Sunday of the Great Lent, in which we remember our Lord Jesus Christ overcoming temptation and evil in the wilderness as He fasted for us forty days and forty nights. As part of the diocese’s spiritual program during this holy season, our father, His Grace Bishop Serapion, has recorded a pastoral message for this First Sunday of the – …

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February 14, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the First Sunday of the Great Lent

On February 14, 2010, (7 Meshir 1726 A.M.) the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria observed the First Sunday of the Great Lent, in which our Lord teaches us, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on… But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to – …

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February 5, 2010

Pastoral Letter for the Preparatory Sunday of the Great Lent

On February 8, 2010, (1 Meshir 1726 A.M.) the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria begins observance of the Great Holy Fast, also known as the Great Lent. As part of the diocese’s spiritual program during this holy season, our father, His Grace Bishop Serapion, has recorded a pastoral message for the Preparatory Sunday of the Great Lent. It is available for streaming and downloading here: Pastoral Message for Preparatory Sunday of the Great Lent 2010  

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April 9, 2009

Treasures of the Fathers: Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent, Samaritan Woman

He indeed did not baptize, but they who carried the news, desiring to excite their hearers to envy, so reported. “Wherefore then ‘departed’ He?” Not from fear, but to take away their malice, and to soften their envy. He was indeed able to restrain them when they came against Him, but this He would not do continually, that the Dispensation of the Flesh might not be disbelieved. For had He often been seized and escaped, – …

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