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Coptic Church Fast & Feasts

A Journey Through The Great Lent

By: GEORGE YOUSSEF

            The Great Lent is undoubtedly the holiest fast observed by the Coptic Orthodox Church. During the Great Lent, we fast for a total of fifty five days; seven days from the preparation week, forty days to fast as Our Lord fasted in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights (Matthew 4:2), one day for Lazarus Saturday, and the seven last days for Holy Week [1]. It is important to constantly

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By: GEORGE YOUSSEF

“The Holy Week of Pascha is central in the church life. It is a celebration of God the Heavenly Father’s love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). It is also a living remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ, “who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God” (Hebrews 9:14).

-Holy Pascha: Order of Holy Week Services in the Coptic Orthodox Church

The word “Pascha” translates to “Passover” which refers to the angel of death that passed over the houses of the Hebrews. These houses were sprinkled with the blood of the Passover lamb, symbolizing the sacrifice of the Cross. Pascha is the name given to the period between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. The entire Holy

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Wed Aug 10 @ 8:15AM - 11:00AM
The 18th commemoration of the consecration of St. Mina’s church in Holmdel by the hands of Pope Shenouda III Liturgy
Wed Aug 10 @ 6:30PM - 07:00PM
Evening Prayers
Wed Aug 10 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Women Fellowship (Pope Shenouda meeting)
Wed Aug 10 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Hymns Class
Thu Aug 11 @ 4:00AM - 06:45AM
Liturgy
Thu Aug 11 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Midnight praises for girls and Women
Fri Aug 12 @ 7:15AM - 10:00AM
Liturgy
Fri Aug 12 @ 5:45PM - 07:00PM
Evening Prayers, Tasbeha & Asheya
Fri Aug 12 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Sunday School Bible Study
Fri Aug 12 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
High School (Grade 9 to 12) Youth Meeting

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