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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February 24, 2015

A Panegyric in Praise of the New Martyrs of Libya

Why did you not cry, pleading with those who are about to murder you, that they may free you? Why did you not acquiesce to their demands? Did they not propose that you abandon your Christ? Wouldn’t they have had mercy on you had you accepted their religion? Do you not fear death?! Whence did you acquire this courage? What theological training did you obtain? From what seminary did you graduate? What monastery did you – …

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February 24, 2015

The Martyrdom of the Copts of Samalout

​We received through Facebook and Satellite channels on Sunday, February 15th, 2015, a documented martyrdom of our Coptic youth in Libya that was aired through a horrifying and shocking video. They are, without exaggeration, martyrs for the sake of their faith, for they were kidnapped and then killed solely for being Christians, and if they had succumbed to the pressure and the threats and had pronounced their conversion to Islam, then they wouldn’t have killed – …

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February 24, 2015

Updated List of the Names of the New Martyrs of Libya

Below, please find the most recent list of names of the 21 New Martyrs of Libya for use in prayers and publications. Milad Makeen Zaky Abanub Ayad Atiya Maged Soliman Shehata Youssef Shukry Younan Kirollos Boshra Fawzy Bishoy Astafanous Kamel Samuel Astafanous Kamel Malak Ibrahim Sinyout Tawadros Youssef Tawadros Gerges Milad Sinyout Mina Fayez Aziz Hany Abdel Mesih Salib Samuel Alham Wilson Ezzat Boshra Naseef Luka Nagaty Anis Gaber Mounir Adly Essam Baddar Samir Malak Farag – …

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February 21, 2015

The New Martyrs of Libya added to the Coptic Synaxarium

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II announced the inclusion of the 21 Coptic New Martyrs of Libya in the Synaxarium of the Coptic Orthodox Church today. Every year, they will be commemorated on 8 Amshir in the Coptic calendar, which corresponds to 15 February in the Gregorian calendar, the same day as the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple. Axios, Axios, Axios! This beautiful icon, which is also featured on the front – …

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February 17, 2015

National Council of Churches Condemns ISIS Executions of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches received with great distress the news of the execution of 21 Coptic Christians by ISIS in Libya. We deplore all forms of extremist violence carried out in the name of religion, and are outraged by yet another demonstration of perverse violence perpetrated by ISIS militants in this brutal act against innocent victims. The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the National Council of Churches’ 37 member communions and therefore – …

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February 17, 2015

Letter of Condolences from the Eritrean Orthodox Archdiocese of North America

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St Mark Your Holiness, Kissing Your Holy hands and asking for your blessing. It is with a heavy heart that we have received the sad news of the massacre of Coptic Christians in Libya on February 16, 2015. The gruesome metlod by which their lives were taken for nothing else but their faith adds to the deep pain and anguish we – …

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February 15, 2015

Letter from the Reverend Carlos L. Malave, Executive Director of Christian Churches Together USA

Dear Bishop Serapion: Greetings in the love of Christ! It is Sunday afternoon and I just read the news of the tragic death of 21 Copts brothers (not sure if there was any women) at the hands of IS terrorists. I pray for the eternal rest of their souls and for their grieving families. May the Almighty Father grant their families and the whole Coptic family peace in the midst of this senseless and tragic – …

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February 15, 2015

Letter from the Honorable Husseini Abdelwahab, Consul General of Egypt in Los Angeles

Dear Your Grace, Please accept my condolences for the loss of the Egyptian Martyrs in Libya. This crime will not pass without punishment God willing. It is a loss for the whole Egyptian Nation. I pray God to shed mercy on their souls and give reliefs to their loved ones. Ambassador Husseini Abdelwahab Consul General of Egypt in Los Angeles  

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February 15, 2015

A Statement on the Martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya

His Grace Bishop Serapion, along with the clergy and laity of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, offers prayers, condolences, and sympathy to the families of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya who received the crown of eternal life on February 13, 2015. We pray that the Lord may receive their pure souls in the Paradise of Joy and grant them eternal rest in the company of all of the holy saints who have – …

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