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Saint Mina Coptic Orthodox Church http://www.stminahamilton.ca Hamilton, Ontario - Canada Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:01:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/St_Mina_logo_cross-550ae1d3v1_site_icon-32x32.png Saint Mina Coptic Orthodox Church http://www.stminahamilton.ca 32 32 45134293 Celebrating 25 Years of Service in Hamilton http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/03/celebrating-25-years-of-service-in-hamilton http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/03/celebrating-25-years-of-service-in-hamilton#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:01:52 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23555

By the grace of God, Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church is celebrating 25 years of service in Hamilton, Ontario since 1992. A special event to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Church will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 5pm to 9m at Michaelangelo Conference Centre (1555 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton, . . . → Read More: Celebrating 25 Years of Service in Hamilton]]>

By the grace of God, Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church is celebrating 25 years of service in Hamilton, Ontario since 1992. A special event to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Church will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 5pm to 9m at Michaelangelo Conference Centre (1555 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton, Ontario). Details of the event will be announced soon.

In preparation for this joyful event, the church is working on preparing a special book that details all the service aspects of the church in the past 25 years. Part of this book will be dedicated for those were baptized, engaged, wedded, ordained as deacon, or graduated from a post-secondary degree (including graduate degrees) in our beloved church. This include both old and new locations of Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church. The church seeks your collaboration in collecting this data by reaching out to Fr. Metias or sending relevant information and pictures to info@stminahamilton.ca

During the next few months, the church will hold few main gatherings in preparation for the main event:

  • The first of such gatherings will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 after the holy liturgy (around 11am). The idea is to have a group picture for all those who were baptized, engaged, or wedded in our beloved church. If you are one of them, or know one of them, please make sure to be there in time. It is suggested that everyone wears white tops and black bottoms to give a spirit of unity to the group picture.

  • The second gathering will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 after the holy liturgy (around 11am). A group picture will be taken for all servants (including deacons, Sunday school, kitchen, reception, maintenance and cleaning, holy bread “korban”, audio/book store) in our beloved church and also for all those who were baptized, engaged, or wedded who missed the first gathering. If you are one of them, or know one of them, please make sure to be there in time. It is suggested that everyone wears white tops and black bottoms to give a spirit of unity to the group picture.

Future gatherings will be announced soon, so stay tuned and keep the church and the silver jubilee event in your prayers.

If you have any questions, ideas and/or concerns regarding the upcoming gatherings or the main event in September, please feel free to contact Fr. Metias in person or submit them in writing to info@stminahamilton.ca

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Schedule for the Feast of Pope Kyrillos VI 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/03/schedule-for-the-feast-of-pope-kyrillos-vi-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/03/schedule-for-the-feast-of-pope-kyrillos-vi-2017#respond Sun, 05 Mar 2017 17:01:27 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23548 In celebration of the 46th Feast of Departure of the Saint Pope Kyrillos VI (116th Pope of Alexandria), under the auspices of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and his partner in the apostolic liturgy His Grace Bishop Mina and the presence of the Reverend Fathers the priests of the region, Saint Mina’s Coptic . . . → Read More: Schedule for the Feast of Pope Kyrillos VI 2017]]> popekyrillosIn celebration of the 46th Feast of Departure of the Saint Pope Kyrillos VI (116th Pope of Alexandria), under the auspices of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and his partner in the apostolic liturgy His Grace Bishop Mina and the presence of the Reverend Fathers the priests of the region, Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Hamilton would like to invite you to a spiritual celebration according to the following schedule:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, Sermon and Glorification for the Departure of Pope Kyrillos VI followed by aghape to everyone

Thursday, March 9, 2017:

  • 9:00am to 12:00pm: Holy Liturgy for the Departure of Pope Kyrillos VI in the presence of His Grace Bishop Mina

Please join us and invite other too.

Click here for church address and directions.

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Youth Monastery Retreat 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/02/youth-monastery-retreat-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/02/youth-monastery-retreat-2017#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:01:11 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23534

  Whom: High School and University/College Students Where: St. Mary & St. Demiana Convent in Georgia, USA When: Monday, July 31st, 2017 to Saturday, August 5th, 2017 Details: Direct flight from Toronto to Atlanta (non-stop) via Air Canada Trip to Six Flags Amusement Park (Over Georgia) Shuttle bus to provide transportation between the airport, the convent . . . → Read More: Youth Monastery Retreat 2017]]>
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  • Whom: High School and University/College Students
  • Where: St. Mary & St. Demiana Convent in Georgia, USA
  • When: Monday, July 31st, 2017 to Saturday, August 5th, 2017
  • Details:
    • Direct flight from Toronto to Atlanta (non-stop) via Air Canada
    • Trip to Six Flags Amusement Park (Over Georgia)
    • Shuttle bus to provide transportation between the airport, the convent and the park.
    • Limited availability (limited number of seats)
  • Cost:
    • Early Bird -> $700/person (before April 1st)
    • Effective April 1st, 2017 -> $750/person
  • Installments Option:
    • Down payment on registration $300 (before April 1st) or $350 (on or after April 1st)
    • To be accompanied by 2 post-dated cheques, each is of $200. First cheque dated for May 1st and second cheque dated for June 1st.
  • Contact Person: Mr. Amir Abdou
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Prostrations & Readings for the Holy Great Lent 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/02/prostrations-readings-for-the-holy-great-lent-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/02/prostrations-readings-for-the-holy-great-lent-2017#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:01:37 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23521

Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church invites you to join us in prayers accompanied by metanias (prostrations) as part of our personal prayer at home on the morning of every day of the Holy Great Lent for the year 2017:

O my Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who fasted . . . → Read More: Prostrations & Readings for the Holy Great Lent 2017]]>
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Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church invites you to join us in prayers accompanied by metanias (prostrations) as part of our personal prayer at home on the morning of every day of the Holy Great Lent for the year 2017:

    • O my Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who fasted for my sake, keep the peace of the one holy catholic and apostolic church.
    • O my Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who fasted for my sake, keep the life of our father the Patriarch His Holiness Pope Tawadros the 2nd, his partner in the apostolic liturgy His Grace Bishop Mina, our fathers the Metropolitans, the Bishops, the Priests, the Monks, and our brethren the Deacons. Support them all in their service.
    • O my Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who fasted for my sake, remember and heal the sick of Your people, save those who are troubled and those who are in hardships. Those who are sadden and in sufferings, grant them peace and fill their hearts with joy and gladness. The widows and orphans support them.
    • O my Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who fasted for my sake, remember the stray and the unbelievers, bring them back, and reveal Your love to all people.
    • O my Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who fasted for my sake, give me to forgive those who trespass against me. Grant me a Holy and acceptable fast before you. Support me in my struggle for salvation, and have mercy on me, your sinful servant.

Additional prayers and kneeling may be added as per the needs of each individual, only with the prior arrangement with the father of confession.

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’.” (Matthew 4:4)

“Man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)

Appropriate readings from the Holy Bible during Great Lent:

    1. 1st Chronicles (29 Chapters) – English Questions – Arabic Questions
    2. 2nd Chronicles (36 Chapters) – English Questions – Arabic Questions
    3. Job (42 Chapters) – English Questions – Arabic Questions
    4. Hosea (14 Chapters) – English QuestionsArabic Questions
    5. Haggai (2 Chapters) – English QuestionsArabic Questions
    6. John (21 Chapters) – English QuestionsArabic Questions

Please Note: Three chapters are to be read each day from Monday, February 20th, up to and including Lazarus’ Saturday on April 8th.

Click here to see a printer-friendly version of these prayers and readings in English.

Click here to see a printer-friendly version of these prayers and readings in Arabic.

DayChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3
Monday, February 20, 20171Chronicles 11Chronicles 21Chronicles 3
Tuesday, February 21, 20171Chronicles 41Chronicles 51Chronicles 6
Wednesday, February 22, 20171Chronicles 71Chronicles 81Chronicles 9
Thursday, February 23, 20171Chronicles 101Chronicles 111Chronicles 12
Friday, February 24, 20171Chronicles 131Chronicles 141Chronicles 15
Saturday, February 25, 20171Chronicles 161Chronicles 171Chronicles 18
Sunday, February 26, 20171Chronicles 191Chronicles 201Chronicles 21
Monday, February 27, 20171Chronicles 221Chronicles 231Chronicles 24
Tuesday, February 28, 20171Chronicles 251Chronicles 261Chronicles 27
Wednesday, March 01, 20171Chronicles 281Chronicles 292Chronicles 1
Thursday, March 02, 20172Chronicles 22Chronicles 32Chronicles 4
Friday, March 03, 20172Chronicles 52Chronicles 62Chronicles 7
Saturday, March 04, 20172Chronicles 82Chronicles 92Chronicles 10
Sunday, March 05, 20172Chronicles 112Chronicles 122Chronicles 13
Monday, March 06, 20172Chronicles 142Chronicles 152Chronicles 16
Tuesday, March 07, 20172Chronicles 172Chronicles 182Chronicles 19
Wednesday, March 08, 20172Chronicles 202Chronicles 212Chronicles 22
Thursday, March 09, 20172Chronicles 232Chronicles 242Chronicles 25
Friday, March 10, 20172Chronicles 262Chronicles 272Chronicles 28
Saturday, March 11, 20172Chronicles 292Chronicles 302Chronicles 31
Sunday, March 12, 20172Chronicles 322Chronicles 332Chronicles 34
Monday, March 13, 20172Chronicles 352Chronicles 36Job 1
Tuesday, March 14, 2017Job 2Job 3Job 4
Wednesday, March 15, 2017Job 5Job 6Job 7
Thursday, March 16, 2017Job 8Job 9Job 10
Friday, March 17, 2017Job 11Job 12Job 13
Saturday, March 18, 2017Job 14Job 15Job 16
Sunday, March 19, 2017Job 17Job 18Job 19
Monday, March 20, 2017Job 20Job 21Job 22
Tuesday, March 21, 2017Job 23Job 24Job 25
Wednesday, March 22, 2017Job 26Job 27Job 28
Thursday, March 23, 2017Job 29Job 30Job 31
Friday, March 24, 2017Job 32Job 33Job 34
Saturday, March 25, 2017Job 35Job 36Job 37
Sunday, March 26, 2017Job 38Job 39Job 40
Monday, March 27, 2017Job 41Job 42Hosea 1
Tuesday, March 28, 2017Hosea 2Hosea 3Hosea 4
Wednesday, March 29, 2017Hosea 5Hosea 6Hosea 7
Thursday, March 30, 2017Hosea 8Hosea 9Hosea 10
Friday, March 31, 2017Hosea 11Hosea 12Hosea 13
Saturday, April 01, 2017Hosea 14Haggai 1Haggai 2
Sunday, April 02, 2017John 1John 2John 3
Monday, April 03, 2017John 4John 5John 6
Tuesday, April 04, 2017John 7John 8John 9
Wednesday, April 05, 2017John 10John 11John 12
Thursday, April 06, 2017John 13John 14John 15
Friday, April 07, 2017John 16John 17John 18
Saturday, April 08, 2017John 19John 20John 21
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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

The Church offers her deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Fawzia Gadalla who rested in peace in the Lord on Monday, January 16th, 2017. Mrs. Fawzia is the widow of Mr. Nagui Shweitar, the mother of Ashraf Nagui Shweitar (husband of Dr. Dalia Rizk), Mr. Ehab Nagui (Husband of Mrs. Nadia Amin) and Mr. Ayman Nagui, and the grandmother of Marina, Meena, Fady and Carol. Mrs. Fawzia is the sister of Mr. Fawzy Gadalla, Mr. Lewis Gadalla, Mr. Sedqi Gadalla, Mrs. Soad Gadalla, Late Mr. Mahfouz Gadalla, Late Mr. Botros Gadalla and Late Mrs. Nadia Gadalla, and the cousin of Dr. Rifaat Faris, Mr. Samir Faris, Dr. Emil Faris, Mr. Alfi Faris, Dr. Ester Faris and Dr. Ezzat Faris.

The Church Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 16th, 2017 in Egypt. The family will accept condolences from the congregation on Friday, January 20th, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church at 1562 Rymal Road East, Hamilton, ON L8W 3P1.

May God rest her soul in peace and give comfort to all the family members in Canada and Egypt.

مُبَارَكٌ ٱللهُ أَبُو رَبِّنَا يَسُوعَ ٱلْمَسِيحِ، أَبُو ٱلرَّأْفَةِ وَإِلَهُ كُلِّ تَعْزِيَةٍ، ٱلَّذِي يُعَزِّينَا فِي كُلِّ ضِيقَتِنَا،
حَتَّى نَسْتَطِيعَ أَنْ نُعَزِّيَ ٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي كُلِّ ضِيقَةٍ بِٱلتَّعْزِيَةِ ٱلَّتِي نَتَعَزَّى نَحْنُ بِهَا مِنَ ٱللهِ. (٢ كورنثوس ١: ٣-٤)

رقدت فى الرب على رجاء القيامة مدام فوزيه جادالله. مدام فوزيه زوجة المتنيح الأستاذ ناجى شويطر ووالدة كل من الدكتور أشرف ناجى شويطر (زوج دكتورة داليا رزق) والأستاذ إيهاب ناجى (زوج مدام ناديه أمين) والأستاذ أيمن ناجى. وجده كل من مارينا ومينا وفادى وكارول. وأخت كل من الأستاذ فوزى جادالله والأستاذ لويس جادالله والأستاذ صدقى جادالله ومدام سعاد جادالله والمتنيح الأستاذ محفوظ جادالله والمتنيح الأستاذ بطرس جادالله والمتنيحه مدام ناديه جادالله. وابنه عم كل من الدكتور رفعت فارس والأستاذ سمير فارس والدكتور إميل فارس والأستاذ ألفى فارس والدكتورة إستير فارس والدكتور عزت فارس.

وسوف تقام صلاة الجناز يوم الإثنين الموافق ١٦ يناير ٢٠١٧ فى مصر. وسوف تستقبل الأسرة العزاء يوم الجمعة الموافق ٢٠ يناير ٢٠١٧ من الساعة ٧ مساءاً إلى الساعة ٩ مساءاً فى كنيسة الشهيد العظيم مارمينا بهاميلتون.

الرب يعطى نياحا لنفس المنتقلة وعزاءا لكل أفراد الأسرة فى مصر و كندا.

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Departure of Mrs. Hoda Nicola Athanasius (Mother of Mr. Alfred & Dr. Ehab Anis) http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/departure-of-mrs-hoda-nicola-athanasius-mother-of-mr-alfred-dr-ehab-anis http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/departure-of-mrs-hoda-nicola-athanasius-mother-of-mr-alfred-dr-ehab-anis#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:01:25 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23492 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 . . . → Read More: Departure of Mrs. Hoda Nicola Athanasius (Mother of Mr. Alfred & Dr. Ehab Anis)]]>

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

The Church offers her deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Hoda Nicola Athanasius who rested in peace in the Lord on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017. Mrs. Hoda is the wife of Mr. Alfons Anis Daoud, the mother of Mr. Alfred Anis (husband of Mrs. Vivianne Hanna), Dr. Ehab Anis (husband of Mrs. Mariam Matar), and Mrs. Eman Anis (wife of Dr. Emad Boctor), and the grandmother of Alexandra, Antoine, Marie-Ann, Angelina, Raphael, Peter, and Rita.

The Church Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 in Egypt. The family will accept condolences from the congregation after the liturgy on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 at Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church at 1562 Rymal Road East, Hamilton, ON L8W 3P1.

May God rest her soul in peace and give comfort to all the family members in Canada and Egypt.

مُبَارَكٌ ٱللهُ أَبُو رَبِّنَا يَسُوعَ ٱلْمَسِيحِ، أَبُو ٱلرَّأْفَةِ وَإِلَهُ كُلِّ تَعْزِيَةٍ، ٱلَّذِي يُعَزِّينَا فِي كُلِّ ضِيقَتِنَا،
حَتَّى نَسْتَطِيعَ أَنْ نُعَزِّيَ ٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي كُلِّ ضِيقَةٍ بِٱلتَّعْزِيَةِ ٱلَّتِي نَتَعَزَّى نَحْنُ بِهَا مِنَ ٱللهِ. (٢ كورنثوس ١: ٣-٤)

رقدت فى الرب على رجاء القيامة مدام هدى نيقولا أثناسيوس. مدام هدى زوجة الأستاذ ألفونس أنيس داود ووالدة كل من الأستاذ ألفريد أنيس (زوج مدام ڤيڤيان حنا) والدكتور إيهاب أنيس (زوج مدام مريم مطر) ومدام إيمان أنيس (زوجة الدكتور عماد بقطر). وجده كل من ألكسندرا وأنطوان وماريان، أنچيلينا ورافائيل، بيتر وريتا.

وسوف تقام صلاة الجناز يوم الأربعاء الموافق ١١ يناير ٢٠١٧ فى مصر. وسوف تستقبل الأسرة العزاء بعد قداس يوم الأحد الموافق ٢٢ يناير ٢٠١٧ فى كنيسة الشهيد العظيم مارمينا بهاميلتون.

الرب يعطى نياحا لنفس المنتقلة وعزاءا لكل أفراد الأسرة فى مصر و كندا.

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Christmas Message from Bishop Mina 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/christmas-message-from-bishop-mina-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/christmas-message-from-bishop-mina-2017#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:01:00 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23486

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit one God amen.

My beloved sons and daughters, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy new year, and I would like to take this opportunity to contemplate with you on the birth of . . . → Read More: Christmas Message from Bishop Mina 2017]]> anba_mina

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit one God amen.

My beloved sons and daughters, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy new year, and I would like to take this opportunity to contemplate with you on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us open our bibles on Luke 2:6-8 “So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

There was no room for them in the inn. Joseph and Mary headed down to their home-town of Bethlehem to register for the new tax, they started to look for a place where St Mary could deliver her baby, all the doors were closed in their face. There was no place available for the birth of Jesus.

No room except for a shameful, dirty, smelly barn full of animals, that’s where the Son of God was born that Christmas day some 2,000 years ago! Sad to say, today things haven’t changed very much, there is no room for the Lord in our life.

I wonder what Jesus want from each one of us this Christmas!!

Making a room for him, letting him into your life and your heart. I will talk about 6 rooms, but meditate about 3 only… To make room for:

  1. His Word “The Bible”.
  2. His Will.
  3. His Worship.
  4. His Work.
  5. His Ways.
  6. His Wealth.

1. Make Room for His Word

“I know you are Abraham’s descendants, but you are trying to kill Me because My word has no place within you.” (John 8:37)

People say that they “love God” and it is true that they may go to church, pray, and attend spiritual meetings, but what about his book? How much time do we really have for his book? Is the Bible crucial in our lives? How important is it for us to dedicate prime time out of our busy hectic schedule for reading the Bible?

I am sorry to say people spend so much time and effort attempting to fill up their lives with many activities; because they feel that their lives are so very empty! They do not know that only Christ can fill that emptiness; and He only does it through the work of His word!

Let us make time and give priority to well position the Bible in our busy life!

2. Make Room for His Will, His Wants

Let your will be done, most people are so SELF motivated, some are OTHERS motivated, but very few seem to be GOD motivated, It is written in:

  • John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
  • Also in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

3. Make Room for His Wealth

Our eyes are fixed on the things of this life -material possessions, so loose sight of eternity, and all the wealth that God has in his store for us, it written in:

  • 1 Corinthians 2:9 “But, as it is written, what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” 
  • Matthew 6:19-20 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”

There are lots of heavenly treasures God prepared for us, I will only mention only three:

  1. Crowns
    • 1 Peter 5:4 “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”
    • 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
  2. Rewards
    • Romans 8:17-18 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
  3. Eternal Life Itself
    • Romans 6:23 ” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Let us all give room for His word,His will, His treasures In our life. May God grant us peace and safety and keep for us our honored and righteous father the thrice blessed our honored Pope Tawadros II, May God of heaven confirm him on his throne for many years and peaceful times

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Glory to the Holy Trinity, forever, AMEN!

— His Grace Bishop Mina
Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver, and Western Canada

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Papal Christmas Message 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/papal-christmas-message-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/papal-christmas-message-2017#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:01:00 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23477 Click here to download the Papal Christmas Message in PDF (Arabic – English).

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

May His grace and blessings be bestowed upon us, from now and forever, Amen.

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

May His grace and blessings be bestowed upon us, from now and forever, Amen.

May you remain healthy this year of 2017 and every year, and during the Glorious feast of the Nativity on January 7th, according to the eastern calendar, which is Kiahk 29th, according to the Coptic calendar.

In fact, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we continue to remember our sons and daughters the martyrs who recently offered their lives in the events of St. Peter’s Church. Our Lord Jesus Christ has granted them to celebrate this feast and this year with Him in heaven. We remember them with all goodness. We pray for our wounded and injured ones that Christ may complete their healing and restore their health so that they may join us soon.

In the feast of the Nativity, there are many contemplations. God created man and crowned him over the kingdom of the world, represented by Adam and Eve. Man lived on earth and the number of human beings multiplied, and man lived by the virtues which appeared and flourished. Virtues of cooperation, love and loyalty have appeared; but also some human weaknesses have surfaced. Throughout human existence on earth, and the extension of sin penetration in our life, and with the images of sin, weaknesses, conflicts and violence, man has forgotten one of the most important virtues in life which is the virtue of looking up to heaven. It is amazing that all people can see the sky everywhere and there is no human being that has not seen the sky, but what is more amazing are the differing reactions from one person to another. Some do not care for heaven, some find refuge in it, and others take shelter there. There are many people who ignore heaven and others that gaze up to heaven constantly.

In the story of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we find this virtue manifested in the lives of many people. In the life of our mother the Virgin St. Mary, when she was offered in the temple, she was constantly looking up to heaven; she lived a life of praises and prayers. When the angel appeared to her with the good news, she concluded her dialogue with him declaring: “I am the maid servant of the Lord. Let it be according to your word.” (Luke 1:38). This virtue appears in her obedience, which was intertwined with humility. Also the simple shepherds, who were watching over their flocks, would gaze up to heaven in the midst of the night. They saw the angel who carried the great glad tidings to them and to all people. They went on their way to see the Baby who was wrapped in swaddling clothes in the manager. Also the magi, whose job was to observe the sky, were constantly watching the stars, trying to identify the superior star which they knew according to their books and teachings.

When they saw this star, they realized that the Lord of truth had come to the world. They looked up to heaven, to this star. They travelled a long journey from the far east country to Bethlehem. The star guided them, stayed with them and revealed to them the location of the newborn King of the Jews. The same with the elder Simeon, who was more than 300 years old. Our mother the Virgin St. Mary and St. Joseph came to do for Jesus according to the custom of the law. Simeon carried baby Jesus in his arms. He was one of those who translated the Old Testament of the Holy Bible from Hebrew to Greek. He said this famous verse: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation.” (Luke 2:30). There is also another example, Anna the prophetess. She was a widow, and had lived with her husband for seven years, and was a widow of about eighty-four years. She stayed in the temple praying and praising night and day while her eyes were fixed on heaven.

These are samples and examples from the story of the Nativity. They all gazed up to heaven. Perhaps there is a question now: What is the importance of looking up to heaven? There is no doubt that looking up to heaven has a great benefit in the life of man.

  1. The person who looks up to heaven looks up to the Almighty Creator, Who created the universe and all its creatures. He looks up to his source, which is heaven. He looks up also to his destination, which is also heaven.
  2. He who gazes up to heaven; he gazes up to the light. I do not mean the materialistic light such as the sun or stars. He looks up to the inner or spiritual light, that is the light of the heart. When man has an illuminated heart, and lives in the light, he can live successfully every day.
  3. Looking up to heaven is looking up to a continuous life of peace. It is written: “Blessed be the peace makers as they are called the sons of God”. Whoever looks up to heaven, grasps peace from the King of peace. This peace dwells in his heart. If man did this, he would be gifted this character. He would become a peacemaker everywhere. The one who looks constantly down to earth pursues violence, war, conflicts, and terrors.
  4. Also, whoever looks up to heaven, looks up to the continuous joy. Heavenly joy is glorious, continuous, and everlasting. It is not associated with bitterness. Earthly joy appears exhilarating, but is brief and temporary. The earthly joy is often associated with bitterness. That is why it is easily forgotten. Whoever receives his joy from heaven and looks up to heaven continuously, lives in such joy.
  5. Perhaps one of the most important benefits a man gains when he looks up to heaven is an attachment to the saints. Heaven is the abode of the saints, the righteous, and the blameless, who lived in holiness. We are yearning for those who have lived in holiness, and remember all the saints in heaven who intercede on our behalf. This intercession stimulates and motivates us to increase our longing and yearning for heaven.

Looking up to heaven is a live virtue that can constantly change our lives.

One of the beautiful things as we start the new year of 2017 is the shape of the number 7 in Arabic, which appears like open arms toward heaven, as if one is raising his arms towards heaven, seeking it. If heaven is present in man’s life, he will become successful. We always pray daily several times and say: “Let it be on earth as it is in heaven.”

I congratulate you all. I congratulate all the fathers the metropolitans, the bishops, the priests, the deacons, and all the clergy, all the congregations, church boards, and committees. I congratulate all servants. I congratulate all youth and all families everywhere in our churches who celebrate this feast in this time. I congratulate all children and young people. I pray that God grants us grace and sustenance this year. I convey to you greetings and love from the land of Egypt, the land of St. Mark the Apostle and Evangelist, who preached the faith of Christ to all of our country.

May you remain healthy this year and every year. I wish you all blessings from the Baby of the manager, to grant you joy, peace, and hope always.

And all glory and honor be to God from now and forever. Amen.

— His Holiness Pope Tawadros II
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark
The Holy Feast of Nativity
January 2017

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New Year Message from Bishop Mina 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/new-year-message-from-bishop-mina-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/new-year-message-from-bishop-mina-2017#respond Sun, 01 Jan 2017 22:01:28 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23471 My beloved brethren and children,

As we start this blessed New Year, I would like to congratulate you and extend my best wishes to you all. My beloved brethren and children, I wish you all a healthy, joyous, prosperous, and spiritual New Year, through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we start . . . → Read More: New Year Message from Bishop Mina 2017]]> My beloved brethren and children,

As we start this blessed New Year, I would like to congratulate you and extend my best wishes to you all. My beloved brethren and children, I wish you all a healthy, joyous, prosperous, and spiritual New Year, through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we start a new year we pray may God bless our country Canada and our mother land Egypt, and all nations. May God grant us peace and safety and keep for us our honored and righteous father the thrice blessed our honored Pope Tawadros II, may God of heaven confirm him on his throne for many years and peaceful times.

Happy New Year!

Glory to the Holy Trinity, forever, AMEN!

His Grace Bishop Mina
Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver, and Western Canada


أبنائى و أحبائى الاعزاء

أود ان اهنئكم بالعام الجديد متمنيا لكم عام سعيد مملوء بالصحه الجسديه و الروحيه راجيا من اله السماء ان يملأ بيوتكم وحياتكم بكل فرح وسلام بنعمه ربنا والهنا ومخلصنا يسوع المسيح. ونحن نبدأ عاما جديدا نصلى الى الله ان يبارك بلادنا مصر وكندا وجميع الامم. اله السماء يعطينا السلام والامان ويحفظ لنا حياه أبينا البطريرك المعظم أبينا المكرم الأنبا تواضروس الثانى وسائر الأباء الأساقفه. الرب يثبته لنا على كرسيه سنين كثيره وأزمنه سالميه هادئه.

كل عام وأنتم بخير

والمجد للاب دايما ابديا امين

الأنبا مينا
أسقف ميسيساجا وفانكوفر وكل غرب كندا

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Congratulations of the Egyptian Embassy in Canada for the Nativity Feast 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2016/12/congratulations-of-the-egyptian-embassy-in-canada-for-the-nativity-feast-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2016/12/congratulations-of-the-egyptian-embassy-in-canada-for-the-nativity-feast-2017#respond Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:01:12 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23466

The Church received the following congratulatory letter from the Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt in Ottawa – Canada on the occasion of the Glorious Feast of Nativity carrying a congratulatory note from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Arab Republic of Egypt.

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The Church received the following congratulatory letter from the Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt in Ottawa – Canada on the occasion of the Glorious Feast of Nativity carrying a congratulatory note from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Arab Republic of Egypt.

Click here to download a pdf version of the letter.

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