The Orthodox Church is Like a Franchise

“The Orthodox Church is essentially a geographic franchise – not altogether unlike a Coffee Bean. As with any good franchise, good quality control is essential. While the language may change when you visit the Coffee Bean in NYC or Shanghai or Moscow – the coffee remains the same. You mess with the coffee, you lose your license. Similarly, as Orthodoxy ... Read More »

Feast of St. John the Baptist and Teacher

St. John the Baptist Coptic Icon

As we celebrate the end of a Coptic Year and the beginning of a new one, the Church prepares us for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Her message to us is to watch and get ready “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is” (Mark 13:33). It is interesting to note ... Read More »

Coptic New Year (Nayrouz)

From September 11 (Thout 1) to September 27 (Thout 17), the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of Nayrouz, which is the feast of the new year in the Coptic calendar, 1730 A.M. The designation “A.M.” at the end of the Coptic year refers to “Anno Martyrii,” which is Latin for “Year of the Martyrs.” The reason years in the ... Read More »

The Ever-Virginity of Saint Mary

coptic virgin mary icon

The Ever-Virginity of the Mother of God      Fr. John Hainsworth LAST year for the Feast of the Nativity, I gave a lecture about one of the central claims of the Christian faith: the Virgin Birth of Christ. This was all well until I used in passing the phrase “ever-virgin” with reference to the Lord’s Mother. Someone asked, “Do ... Read More »

Axios! His Holiness Pope Tawadros II

Glory to God! On Sunday, November 18, 2012, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Successor of St. Mark the Apostle, was enthroned by the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church in a ceremony led by the beloved Metropolitan Pakhomius, the Locum Tenens of the See of St. Mark. Pope Tawadros II Enthroned   In attendance were many religious and governmental ... Read More »

Papal Message Concerning Voting in the Egyptian Constitution Referendum

It is the right of every citizen to participate in an election or voting process taking place now or at any time in our beloved country Egypt. I encourage all eligible Egyptians to participate in this Saturday’s election on December 15, 2012. This opportunity is here for everyone to express their opinion freely and responsibly without interference from others. We ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church Bartholomew I on the Enthronement of the new Coptic Pope

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church Bartholomew I on the Enthronement of the new Coptic Pope On the Occasion of the Enthronement of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II (November 18, 2012) Beloved Brother in Christ, Pope Tawadros II, It is with great joy and genuine delight that, in the person of our official representative, His Eminence Metropolitan ... Read More »

Local Muslim, Coptic leaders condemn violent protests

    Leaders in the local Muslim community and the Coptic Orthodox Church joined Monday to condemn both the anti-Muslim film “Innocence of Muslims” and the violent protests it has sparked around the world. Read the LA Times Article:   Read More »