March 29, 2016

Marital Enrichment: Communication Bootcamp

With great enthusiasm, the Diocese announces a marital enrichment event entitled ‘Communication Bootcamp’ on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Holy Resurrection Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles. All married couples are invited to attend. Lunch, valet parking, and a children’s program will be provided. Please see the flyer below for complete details. You may register online at http://www.lahrc.org/marriage (early registration until May 9).

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February 21, 2016

Coptic Marital Satisfaction Survey

With the blessing and permission of His Grace Bishop Serapion, one of the daughters of the Diocese, a Ph.D student, is conducting a research study to identifying factors associated with happy and lasting marriages for married Coptic couples of all ages. Those who wish to participate may follow this link. 

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Tagged: Marriage, family
February 1, 2016

On Modern Wedding Receptions among Orthodox Christians

In the Holy Orthodox Church, marriage is a divine Mystery that culminates in two people being transformed into a one-flesh unity through the work of the Holy Spirit. The ultimate goal of this one-flesh unity is the salvation of the husband, wife, and any children the Lord grants to the couple. Orthodox Christian marriage, therefore, is a path towards holiness. Today, this beautiful reality of marriage is oftentimes overshadowed by the dark cloud of the – …

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January 13, 2016

How a Faithful Husband Sees His Wife

On the joyful day a man and woman are crowned and married in the Orthodox Church, an inseparable bond develops between them. No longer are they two individuals serving their own egos and self-wills, but rather, they become one flesh in a sublime mystery. This reality is made abundantly clear in the marriage of the first husband and wife described at the end of Genesis 2. When Adam awoke from the deep sleep into which – …

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January 5, 2015

Mastering Your Marriage – January 24, 2015

The Diocese announces its annual Marital Enrichment seminar, “Mastering Your Marriage,” on January 24 at St. John Church in Covina.  Please see the attached flyer for details concerning registration, cost, and schedule.

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December 31, 2013

Marital Enrichment Seminar: Marriage 911

Through the blessings and prayers of our beloved father, His Grace Bishop Serapion, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Family Education committee joyously presents this annual seminar for married couples to help enrich their marriage and family life by bringing them closer to the Lord, and to each other. This year’s seminar will be held on January 25, 2014 at St. Marina Church in Irvine. Featured speakers will be Fr. – …

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November 25, 2009

Diocese Newlywed & Marital Enrichment Retreat – December 4, 2009

Through the blessings and prayers of our beloved father H.G. Bishop Serapion, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles joyously presents its biannual Marital Enrichment Retreat. This retreat is designed specifically for couples who have been married less than seven years. Speakers include Dr. Yousry Armanious and Dr. Nabil N. Soliman. Babysitting will be provided during all lectures. For more information, please see this attached flyer. Newlywed Flier 12-09.pdf354.2 KB

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November 11, 2009

Premarital Couples Retreat – December 13, 2009

The Diocese joyfully announces its annual Pre-Marital Couples Retreat from Friday, December 11 to Sunday, December 13 at the Coptic Village in Big Bear Lake. This retreat is intended for Christian couples seeking enrichment before their marriage and comprised of a series of lectures, discussions, and workshops led by the Hegumen Father Gawargious Kolta. Topics include: The Christian Concept of Marriage The Engagement Period Premarital Questionnaire Eight Important Factors in a Strong Marriage Necessity of – …

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April 9, 2009

The Reason For Creating Eve

“And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to himself.” (Gen. 2:18) Adam’s Need: As Christians, we believe that God created everything for a reason and nothing was done just haphazardly. We also believe that everything God created was good, “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31) When God created Adam, He formed – …

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April 9, 2009

The Essence of A Christian Marriage

This article presents the Christian understanding of marriage, based on St. John Chrysostom’s homilies. Although he lived in the 4th and early 5th centuries, yet his teachings are pertinent to every generation and present the best understanding of what a Christian marriage should be like. The general Orthodox Christian view is that God created humanity in His own image and likeness as male and female with the intent that they should live together in harmony. – …

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April 9, 2009

Declaration Against Same-Sex Marriage

In August 2003, the Coptic Orthodox Church, through the leadership of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III and the Holy Synod, issued a formal declaration against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. In part, the declaration stated, Same-sex marriage is against the Divine Plan for marriage and its purpose of procreation. “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined – …

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