March 16, 2014

Unveiling the Pope Shenouda III Memorial in Covina, CA

On Sunday, March 16, 2014, His Grace Bishop Serapion along with the priests and congregation of St. John Coptic Orthodox Church unveiled a permanent dedication in honor of the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III at the corner of Cienega Ave and Valley Center Ave in Covina, California. Also present at the ceremony was the Hon. Walter Allen III, Mayor of Covina along with several other dignitaries. The memorial, which commemorates the second anniversary of the departure of – …

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March 13, 2014

Second Annual Commemoration of the Departure of the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III

On Monday, March 17, 2014, the Church celebrates the second annual commemoration of the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III of blessed memory who departed into eternal joy on March 17, 2012 after shepherding the Church and presiding over Her unprecedented growth for over 40 years. For this reason, every parish of the Diocese will remember his pure soul in the Sunday Divine Liturgy on March 16. Additionally, the fathers in every parish will say a few – …

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February 23, 2013

Invitation to First Annual Commemoration of the Departure of Pope Shenouda III

The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Serapion, cordially invites all clergy and people of the Diocese to a special commemoration service in remembrance of the first anniversary of the departure of our beloved father, the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III of blessed memory. The service will be held at St. John Church in Covina on Sunday, March 17 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and will be attended, God willing, – …

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October 19, 2012

Update Concerning the Election of the 118th Pope and Patriarch

With God’s grace, the Papal Nominations Committee of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church has thoroughly examined the list of 17 candidates for Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria. After giving each candidate much consideration, the list of 17 was reduced to a list of 5 names, which include: His Grace Bishop Rofail, General Bishop for the Downtown Cairo Churches His Grace Bishop Tawadrous, General Bishop in the Metropolitanate of El Beheira Fr. Raphael – …

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April 26, 2012

The Reflections of Fr. Alexander Schmemann on Meeting His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of Blessed Memory

Saturday, February 11, 1978 Immersion yesterday and today in a totally unknown (to me) world of Coptic Christianity. Right away I must express my main impression: it is edifying and it is alive. I remember my trip to the Middle East in 1971 and my impression of something outlived, nominal, dying, chained to the past—the existence of a non-existent world. Lifeless Hierarchs. Fear. Lies. Corruption. And then, last year in Los Angeles, I met His Holiness – …

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April 23, 2012

Condolences from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Coptic Orthodox Church on the Death of Pope Shenouda

To the faithful people of the Coptic Church in Egypt and throughout the world, our beloved in the Lord: grace and peace from on high. The world’s heart stopped briefly in mourning as we all learned the sad news that His Holiness Pope Shenouda III fell asleep in the Lord. Yet, we do not mourn without consolation or hope (1 Thess. 4.13). For, Pope Shenouda left behind a legacy for all people and all ages. – …

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April 2, 2012

Heartfelt Condolences of the Eritrean Orthodox Diocese of North America

In the passing away of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, the world has lost a most beloved spiritual leader. Pope Shenouda’s influence has been wide and deep throughout his papacy. The Coptic Church has experienced a profound and unparalleled renaissance under his leadership. He was the author of over 100 books, a great theologian, and an indefatigable servant of God. The Eritrean Orthodox Church and its – …

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April 2, 2012

Obituary for Pope Shenouda III

Together with all Egyptians, the Episcopal / Anglican Church of Egypt mourns the loss of Pope Shenouda III, the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Pope Shenouda passed away yesterday (Saturday 17 March) at the age of 89 and 41 years after his enthronement as the 117th Patriarch of Alexandria. Please find attached in the PDF file below an obituary for Pope Shenouda III from the Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis. Obituary for Pope Shenouda – …

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April 2, 2012

Condolences from the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego

His Grace Bishop Serapion received a letter of condolences from the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego for the departure of the thrice-blessed Pope Shenouda III. A similar letter was also sent to the priests of St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church in San Diego. You may read the letter at this link. Condolences from Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.pdf33.8 KB

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March 26, 2012

Condolences of Bishop Tod Brown of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

His Grace Bishop Serapion received a kind letter of sympathy and condolences from the Most Reverend Bishop Tod D. Brown of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for the departure of the Thrice Blessed Pope Shenouda III. You may read the letter at this link. Condolences – Bishop Tod Brown.pdf8.7 MB

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March 26, 2012

A Message of Sympathy and Condolences +The Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III+

A Message from Metropolitan PHILIP, Primate Metropolitan of New York and All North America With much sadness and sorrow, we have received the news of the falling asleep of His Holiness Patriarch and Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria, and Patriarch of the Seat of St. Mark. His passing on to eternal life is an enormous loss not only for the Coptic Church, but also for the Church as a whole, especially since he believed in dialogue and held – …

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March 25, 2012

Funeral Oration on the Life of the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III

The following funeral oration was delivered impromptu by His Eminence Metropolitan Bakhomious, Metropolitan of Beheira and Pentapolis, and Locum Tenens of the See of St. Mark, towards the end of the funeral for the thrice-blessed Pope Shenouda III. Despite its spontaneity, the oration reflected the work of the Holy Spirit in its clarity, power, and emotion. Courtesy to Mark Moussa of St. John Church for the translation from Arabic to English. In the name of – …

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