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Chronology of the Coptic Popes

The following is a chronology of the Coptic Popes of the Sea of Alexandria,
which was founded by St. Mark the Apostle, Evangelist, Martyr, and first Pope.

1. St. Mark the Evangelist
2. Inianos was a shoe maker (more…)

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16. Apr, 2010
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The Coptic Church Tradition

The word “tradition” means, delivering something and receiving it, i.e., delivering a deposit of faith and receiving it along the generations (Jude 3).
In the apostolic age, tradition was the only source of Christian faith, doctrines and worship. Its role in the Church life of that period may be summarized in the following points: (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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The Clergy Order

The Coptic Orthodox Church’s clergy is headed by the Pope of Alexandria. The Pope of the Coptic Church, although highly regarded by all Copts, does not enjoy any state of supremacy or infallibility.  There are Metropolitans and Bishops who oversee the priests ordained in their dioceses. (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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Fasting

The Coptic Church is an ascetic church that believes in the power of fasting in the life of the believers. Fasting is not considered a physical exercise, but rather it is an offering of inward love offered by the heart as well as the body. “man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord…” Deut. 8:3, Matt. 4:4. (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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Feasts

The Coptic feasts have deep and sweet hymns, and splendid rites that inflame the spirit. Their aim is to offer the living heavenly and evangelic thought and to expose the Holy Trinity and Their redeeming work in the life of the church, in a way that is simple enough to be experienced by children, and: deep enough to quench the thirst of theologians. (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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The Saints in the Coptic Church

The Saints are dear members in the One Body of Christ who have struggled like us on earth and have departed to Paradise. They are not dead, but are sleeping, as St. Paul called them “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.” (1 Thess 4:13). (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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Monasticism

Monasticism was born in Egypt and was instrumental in the formation of the Coptic Church’s character of submission and humbleness. Thanks to the teachings and writings of the Great Fathers of Egypt’s Deserts. Monasticism began in the Coptic Church towards the end of the third century, and flourished in the fourth. By the end of the fourth century, there were hundreds of monasteries, and thousands of cells and caves scattered throughout the Egyptian hills. Many of these monasteries are still flourishing and have new vocations till this day. (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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The Liturgical Services

The Divine Liturgy or Eucharist was the heart of the Christian worship and prayers in the early apostolic church and is still nowadays in all traditional and apostolic churches including the Coptic Orthodox church. In Latin, it is called “Liturgy”. “Eucharist” in Greek means “Thanksgiving”.

The Divine Liturgy is a New Testament sacrament instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself before His passion as in the holy Gospels of St. Matthew 26, 26-29; St. Mark 14, 22-24; St. Luke 22, 19-23. (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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The Church’s Holy Sacraments

The Church Sacraments are sacred actions by which the believers receive invisible graces, through material or visible signs. The Coptic Church observes seven sacraments:

1. Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is the door by which the believer enters the church and has the right to partake in the rest of the Sacraments. (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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Egypt in the Holy Bible

The Holy Bible concentrates on “Jerusalem” which means, “land of peace,” or “vision of peace” as center of the Promised Land, where God declares His dwelling among people. And a holy temple was established in it in His Name, where people worshiped Him, offered Him sacrifices and offerings, and celebrated many feasts as a symbol of the heavenly joy. (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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The Christian School of Alexandria

The Christian school of Alexandria is the oldest Christian religion school in the world. The School of Alexandria started as a predominantly scientific and literary institution. It then developed into a philosophical and theological university. The Catechetical School of Alexandria came in direct succession to it. The school was the most important institution for theological education in Christian antiquity. Its deans, teachers, and graduates were responsible for what could be called philosophizing of Christian Creed. They defined Christianity in its final form for all generations to come. (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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St. Mark the Apostle, the Founder of the Coptic Church

The Coptic Church or the Church of Alexandria is called “Sees of St. Mark”; one of the earliest four sees: Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, and Rome.

St. Mark, The Founder

The Copts are proud of the apostolicity of their Church, whose founder is St. Mark; one of the seventy Apostles (Mk 10:10), and one of the four Evangelists. He is regarded by the Coptic hierarchy as the first of their unbroken 117 patriarchs, and also the first of a stream of Egyptian martyrs. This apostolicity was not only furnished on grounds of its foundation but rather by the persistence of the Church in observing the same faith received by the Apostle and his successors, the Holy Fathers.
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15. Apr, 2010
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15. Apr, 2010
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The Coptic Church

The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the most ancient Churches of the world, founded by Saint Mark the Apostle. The Coptic Orthodox Church is a conservative Church that has carefully preserved the Orthodox Christian Faith in its earliest and purest form, handing it down from generation to generation, unaltered and true to the Apostolic doctrines and patterns of worship.

The Copts are the Egyptian Christians. They are the successors of the ancient Egyptians “The Pharaohs”. They played a vital role in the whole Christian world, especially during the first five centuries. The word ‘Copt’ is derived from `gypt’ which stems from the Greek word Aigyptos’ meaning `Egyptian’. (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010
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The Coptic Orthodox Statement of Faith: “The Nicene Creed”

We believe in one God, God the Father, the Almighty, Who created heaven and earth, and all things, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, (more…)

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15. Apr, 2010