February 24, 2015

Ecumenical Prayer Service with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

His Grace Bishop Serapion and several members of the clergy will participate, God willing, in an Ecumenical Prayer Service organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange under the auspices of the Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange. The service will take place on Tuesday, March 3 from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral) located at 13280 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove. From the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange’s – …

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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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January 5, 2015

Festal Letter for the Glorious Feast of the Nativity 2015

My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Holy Church, Christ is born, let us glorify Him! Christ is from heaven, let us go and meet Him! Christ on earth, let us exalt Him! It is my pleasure to wish all of you a blessed Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who came for our salvation.  We celebrate God’s wondrous love for us, since He made Himself of no reputation – …

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August 27, 2013

2013 GYP Convention

Fellow Graduates and Young Professionals, Join us this October in the beautiful beach town of Oxnard, California for our 11th Annual Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) Convention: Orthodoxy Uncensored: Defining Truth; refining tradition This year, we will be navigating the complexities of the often blurred lines between dogma and culture. Find where you stand (and where you should be standing) as we explore together our Church’s core beliefs and the effect and role of various, – …

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August 22, 2013

Christian Churches Together (CCT) Letter in Support of the Copts

The ecumenical Christian organization, Christian Churches Together (CCT), has issued a powerful statement in support of the Copts in wake of the recent unprecedented violence against them in Egypt. The statement reads as follows: Grace and peace be to you, in the name of our Lord and Savior! We write to you as leaders of Christian Churches Together in the USA. During the last three weeks of political unrest in Egypt, we have witnessed with – …

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August 17, 2013

Official Statement of the Church on the Torching of over Fifty Churches

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt is following closely the unfortunate incidences occurring in our nation and confirms its strong stance with the Egyptian law enforcement, the armed forces, and all civil Egyptian institutions in confronting violent armed organizations and dark malicious forces, both internal and external. The attacks on our government entities and peaceful churches are terrorizing our citizens both Coptic and Muslim. These actions stand against all religions, morality, and humanity. We value – …

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August 17, 2013

Words of Comfort from Pope Tawadros

In a recent interview, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II offered the following words of comfort to all Copts around the world who are feeling sadness over the recent systematic attack on over 50 churches, monasteries, and Christian institutions throughout Egypt. Source: CopticWorld Greetings to all. These days in the history of Egypt are indeed difficult. The events taking place are by all measures are very sad, combining terrorism, crime, bloodshed and aggression. Certain people are – …

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August 16, 2013

Photos and Video of the Barbaric Attack on St. George Church in Sohag

The following gallery and video depict the barbaric attack against the venerable St. George Church in Sohag by what the media have called “peaceful protestors.” The Diocese of Los Angeles strongly condemns this attack, and the many others like it, and echoes Pope Tawadros’ call to the Western media to report on these matters accurately and fairly. These images depict the fruit of barbarism, not peaceful protests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Yfs8bRRlk

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August 15, 2013

Statement of Bishop Serapion on the Violence in Egypt (8/14/13)

Updated with Arabic translation — We follow the current events in our beloved Egypt with lifted hearts praying to our beloved God that He has compassion on the beloved people of Egypt and alleviates the distress of terrorism and terrorists’ attacks. We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on innocent people, churches, monasteries, Christian schools and property of Christians. What is happening against innocent Copts is the result of the suffering of Christians for many decades – …

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April 27, 2013

Diocese Prays for the Safe Return of Abducted Syrian Metropolitans

LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2013 –The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, led by His Grace, Bishop Serapion, strongly condemns the abduction of Antiochan Orthodox Metropolitan Paul Yazigi and Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan Youhanna Ibrahim, and the killing of their driver, also a deacon, as they were driving through Northern Syria outside of Aleppo on Monday, April 22, 2013. Four days after being abducted, the two prominent Metropolitans remain missing despite reports of their return. Since – …

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April 10, 2013

Statement of the Holy Clergy Synod in Response to the Recent Violence against Copts

On Thursday, April 8, 2013, under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Serapion, the Diocese Holy Clergy Synod gathered to explicitly condemn the recent violence against Copts in Egypt that led to the martyrdom of at least five innocent Coptic Christians. Read the statement: Immediate Release – Khosos & Abbasaya

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April 8, 2013

Bishop Serapion Demands Justice and Peace for Egypt’s Millions of Christians

The official press release of the Diocese concerning the recent attacks of Christians at the Coptic Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, lead by His Grace Bishop Serapion, vehemently condemns the attacks which occurred over the weekend, first in the north of Cairo city of Al-Khosous on Saturday, and later on Sunday, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Coptic Church’s official headquarters, in the Cairo district of Abbasiya, during the funeral of those – …

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