Fasts & Feasts

The Papal Encyclical for the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, 2016

لتحميل النسخة العربية اضغط هنا

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.

ÉÉ<rictoc ÉAnec]@ Aly;oc ÉAnec]  

Ekhristos Anesti, Alithos Anesti.

Christ is Risen. Truly, He is Risen. 

 

I congratulate you my beloved for the Glorious Feast of Resurrection, and commend you the joy of this holiday. I congratulate the entire Coptic Orthodox Church. The Metropolitans, Bishops, priests, deacons, and boards of churches. I congratulate all the servants, youth, children as well as all the Christian families universally. I congratulate all Coptic dioceses worldwide. Happy Glorious Feast of Resurrection and may you remain healthy this and every year.

Indeed, the Feast of Resurrection is the epitome of all our feasts, the crowning of all our joy, and the thrill in our hearts. It is the feast that we celebrate daily. When talking about the Feast of Resurrection, we remember our Lord Jesus Christ who was crucified on the cross. He indeed died and there are many testimonies for this. These include the centurion, the guards of the tomb, the women who visited the tomb, Joseph of Arimathea who carried the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Pontius Pilate before whom the Lord was tried. Evidence of His death on the cross includes the splitting of the temple veil, the discovery of His shroud in the tomb, the large stone of the tomb, the guards guarding the tomb by order of the Roman governor. Finally, it also includes the seal over the tomb door as ordered by the Roman governor. Christ, who was crucified on the cross, rose again on the third day, as we recite and testify in the creed.

The testimony of His resurrection came from the angels. An angel declared that Christ has risen. The guards collapsed to the ground, and the chief priests circulated false rumors. And our Lord Jesus Christ appeared several times to His disciples. The evidence is extensive. Consider the earthquake that accompanied the resurrection of our Lord. The stone that was rolled back from the door of the tomb. We recall the account of the women proceeding to finish the burial spices at dawn of the resurrection and then finding the empty tomb, because He had risen leaving the linen cloths and handkerchief.

During the Feast of Resurrection, one may ask; Since the Resurrection happened in the early years of the first century (33 AD) what is the importance of the Resurrection for us today in the twenty-first century? What benefit is the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

I will discuss the value of the Resurrection in a few points.

(1) The resurrection compels one to realize his or her heavenly origin.
You are a heavenly creature, a heavenly being, created in the image and likeness of God. In His image mentally, and in His likeness intentionally.

Read more: Easter 2016

وهم غلبوه بدم الخروف وبكلمة شهادتهم ولم يحبوا حياتهم حتى الموت
رؤ12: 11 

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 
(Rev. 12: 11)

بطرس وبولس سحقا قوة الشيطان وردوا الأمم للأيمان بالثالوث أبونا بطرس أكمل بموت الصليب فى مدينة روما العظمى لأجل اسم ربنا يسوع المسيح وهكذا أيضا بولس نزعت رأسه هناك من قبل الملك نيرون فى يوم واحد نالا المجد من الملك المسيح واستراحا معه فى ملكوته الأبدى والحياة الدائمة
ذكصولوجية للقديسين بطرس بولس  

Peter and Paul, trampled the power of Satan, and restored the nations, to the faith of the Trinity. Our father Peter completed, his struggle with death on the cross, in the great city of Rome, for the name of Jesus Christ. Paul also likewise, was beheaded in that place, by Emperor Nero, all in one day. They received glory form Christ, the King and they rested with Him, in His eternal kingdom, in the everlasting life. 

(St. Peter & St. Paul Doxology)

لتحميل النسخة العربية اضغط هنا

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.

I congratulate you, my beloved, for the Glorious Nativity feast and beginning the New Year of 2015. I hope you to have a new year full of blessings, goodness, love, joy and peace. In fact, I am so happy to communicate with you through this message—to all the beloved at every Coptic Orthodox Church all over the world, every family, all youth, all servants, the board of the church, all children, and all brethren.

When God created humanity, He intended them to be in continuous communication. He wanted them to be the crown of creation. After creating all things first, He created the King of all creation on earth. Man, having the breath of God, was the great creation of God. But sin came and humiliated him and cast him away from what God planned for him. Since the sin of Adam and Eve, our first parents, humanity came into struggle with all aspects of sin in their lives. There are three main weaknesses that dwelled in humanity as a result of original sin.
The first is Dominance by the Ego. The ego of the human being became his own god or idol. Man began to worship his ego along with power, desires, and all that resulted therefrom. When we look to the world, we find that the dominance by the ego

The Papal Encyclical for the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, 2015

لتحميل النسخة العربية اضغط هنا

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.

ÉÉ<rictoc ÉAnec]@ Aly;oc ÉAnec]  

Christ is Risen. Truly, He is Risen. 

 

I congratulate you on the glorious Feast of the Resurrection, which is the joy of all our joys, and the feast of all of our feasts. Resurrection in the Christian life is not just a historical event. Neither is it a mere occasion that we honor with a variety of celebrations, nor just an ordinary passing day. Resurrection is the foundation of our path of salvation which our Lord Jesus Christ completed on the wood of the cross. Resurrection is the focus of our faith. It is the realization of the forgiveness of all humanity. Resurrection is the core of spiritual struggle, since spiritual progress without the resurrection is meaningless. Moreover, it is the hope and promise of the coming eternal life. Without resurrection our Christian faith is pointless. Without resurrection, there is no peace for our daily earthly lives. Without resurrection, we have no hope for the future. The light of the resurrection illuminates our lives and brightens the path of every individual through each stage. 

 

 One may ask: “Did Jesus really come and die?” 

Calendar

Sun May 01 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Resurrection Feast Congregation Gathering
Sun May 01 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Youth Fellowship Meetings Arabic
Sun May 01 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
English Bible Study
Mon May 02 @ 7:30AM - 09:30AM
Easter Monday Liturgy
Tue May 03 @ 7:30PM - 08:30PM
Prayer Meeting
Wed May 04 @ 7:30AM - 10:00AM
Liturgy
Wed May 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Women Fellowship (Pope Shenouda meeting)
Wed May 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Hymns Class
Fri May 06 @ 7:30AM - 10:00AM
Liturgy
Fri May 06 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Sunday School Bible Study

Announcements

Sun May 01 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Resurrection Feast Congregation Gathering
Mon May 02 @ 7:30AM - 09:30AM
Easter Monday Liturgy
Sat May 07 @10:30AM -
St. Joseph’s Precious Elders Fellowship