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Saint Mina Coptic Orthodox Church http://www.stminahamilton.ca Hamilton, Ontario - Canada Sun, 13 Aug 2017 15:14:00 -0400 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 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 St. Mary’s Spiritual Revival – August 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/08/st-marys-spiritual-revival-august-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/08/st-marys-spiritual-revival-august-2017#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 21:01:37 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23727 In celebration of the Feast of Virgin Mary, under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Mina of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada, St. Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Hamilton is pleased to invite you to a spiritual revival according to the schedule below.

Sunday, August 13, 2017:

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StMary1In celebration of the Feast of Virgin Mary, under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Mina of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada, St. Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Hamilton is pleased to invite you to a spiritual revival according to the schedule below.

Sunday, August 13, 2017:

  • 8:00am to 11:00am: Holy Liturgy
  • 7:00pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification with His Grace Bishop Mina

Monday, August 14, 2017:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification

Tuesday, August 15, 2017:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification

Wednesday, August 16, 2017:

  • 9:00am to 11:00am: Holy Liturgy
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification

Thursday, August 17, 2017:

  • 9:00am to 11:00am: Holy Liturgy
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification

Friday, August 18, 2017:

  • 9:00am to 11:00am: Holy Liturgy
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification

Saturday, August 19, 2017:

  • 9:00am to 11:00am: Holy Liturgy
  • 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification

Sunday, August 20, 2017:

  • 8:00am to 11:00am: Holy Liturgy
  • 7:00pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification

Monday, August 21, 2017:

  • 9:00am to 11:00am: Holy Liturgy
  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification (Eve of the Feast)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017:

  • 8:30am to 11:00am: Holy Liturgy (Feast of St. Mary)

Please join us and invite other too. Happy feast in God’s grace.

Click here for church address and directions.

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Celebrating 25 Years of Service in Hamilton – Tickets Available http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/07/celebrating-25-years-of-service-in-hamilton-tickets-available http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/07/celebrating-25-years-of-service-in-hamilton-tickets-available#respond Wed, 05 Jul 2017 05:31:56 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23701

By the grace of God, Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church is celebrating 25 years of service in Hamilton, Ontario since 1992.

Under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Mina, a special event to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Church will be held as follows:

Date/Time: Sunday, September 17, 2017 (from 5pm to 9pm) . . . → Read More: Celebrating 25 Years of Service in Hamilton – Tickets Available]]>

By the grace of God, Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church is celebrating 25 years of service in Hamilton, Ontario since 1992.

Under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Mina, a special event to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Church will be held as follows:

  • Date/Time: Sunday, September 17, 2017 (from 5pm to 9pm)
  • Location: Michaelangelo Conference Centre (1555 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8W 3E2)

Tickets for the event are now available in the church bookstore. Please contact Mr. Mohab Louka at (905) 921-6674 or mohablouka@gmail.com for hours and details.

Tickets are also available online (see below). For those online reservations, tickets will be available at the door of the event at 5pm. Please arrive early and bring proof of payment with you.

Please note that the ticket prices indicated below are only suggested minimum values. You are encouraged to donate more to support this event and future church activities through this link: http://www.stminahamilton.ca/donate


Online Tickets:

  • Click here to add a full ticket (11 years old and older) – please specify quantity below
  • Click here to add a half ticket (3 to 11 years old only) – please specify quantity below

]]> http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/07/celebrating-25-years-of-service-in-hamilton-tickets-available/feed 0 23701 St. Mina’s Spiritual Revival – June 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/06/st-minas-spiritual-revival-june-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/06/st-minas-spiritual-revival-june-2017#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:01:48 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23642 In celebration of the Feast of the Consecration of the Church of Saint Mina the Wonder-Worker at Mariout, under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Mina of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada, St. Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Hamilton is pleased to invite you to a spiritual revival . . . → Read More: St. Mina’s Spiritual Revival – June 2017]]> St-MinaIn celebration of the Feast of the Consecration of the Church of Saint Mina the Wonder-Worker at Mariout, under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Mina of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada, St. Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Hamilton is pleased to invite you to a spiritual revival according to the schedule below.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm: Vespers, sermon and glorification, in the presence of His Grace Bishop Kozman (Diocese of El-Arish and all North Sinai, Egypt) and the reverend fathers the priests of the region, followed by agape meal for everyone.

Thursday, June 22, 2017:

  • 9:00am to 11:30am: Holy Liturgy (Feast of the Consecration of the Church of Saint Mina the Wonder-Worker at Mariout) with the presence of His Grace Bishop Mina.

Please join us and invite other too. Happy feast in God’s grace.

Click here for church address and directions.

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Departure of Mr. Alfons Anis Daoud (Father of Mr. Alfred & Dr. Ehab Anis) http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/06/departure-of-mr-alfons-anis-daoud-father-of-mr-alfred-dr-ehab-anis http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/06/departure-of-mr-alfons-anis-daoud-father-of-mr-alfred-dr-ehab-anis#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:01:41 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23637 “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 Mr. Alfons Anis Daoud (Father 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 Mr. Alfons Anis Daoud who rested in peace in the Lord on Sunday, June 11th, 2017. Mr. Alfons is the widow of Mrs. Hoda Nicola Athanasius, the father 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 grandfather of Alexandra, Antoine, Marie-Ann, Angelina, Raphael, Peter, and Rita.

May God rest his 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)

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

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

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19th Coptic Orthodox Ontario League (C.O.O.L.) Convention 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/06/19th-coptic-orthodox-ontario-league-c-o-o-l-convention-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/06/19th-coptic-orthodox-ontario-league-c-o-o-l-convention-2017#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:01:38 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23625 Every year, on a Friday in August around 7:30 a.m., bus loads of Junior High students (grades 7 & 8) from Coptic Orthodox Churches in and around Southern Ontario arrive at the entrance of the college where the convention is held. The Students love to spend time away from their parents with their . . . → Read More: 19th Coptic Orthodox Ontario League (C.O.O.L.) Convention 2017]]> Every year, on a Friday in August around 7:30 a.m., bus loads of Junior High students (grades 7 & 8) from Coptic Orthodox Churches in and around Southern Ontario arrive at the entrance of the college where the convention is held. The Students love to spend time away from their parents with their friends during the three days. Come enjoy divine liturgies, very entertaining skits, activities, games, discussions, crafts, deliciously prepared meals, sports, songs, candy, treats, prizes, talent shows, and a huge awards ceremony where tons of trophies, medals, plaques, and certificates are handed out to all participants who excelled in the various activities. Everyone leaves the convention with a sense of accomplishment, thanking God for the Christian fellowship. All students who completed grade 7 and grade 8 in June 2017 are invited!

Date/Time:
from Friday, August 18, 2017, 8:00 am
to Sunday, August 20, 2017, 4:00 pm

Location:
Durham College / University of Ontario Institute of Technology (U.O.I.T.)
2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON, L1H 7K4

Theme: “Friend to the End”

Cost: $130 per person

Registration Deadline: July 30, 2017

Registration Forms:

Study Material:

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25th Canadian Coptic Children Convention (C.C.C.C.) 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/06/25th-canadian-coptic-children-convention-c-c-c-c-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/06/25th-canadian-coptic-children-convention-c-c-c-c-2017#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:01:36 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23616 This is a major annual event to which children of our Coptic Churches are invited to enjoy three days full of fun and education. Attractive Bible and Church studies, sports, games, and talent shows are the key components of the Convention. All kids who completed grade 3 to grade 6 in June 2017 . . . → Read More: 25th Canadian Coptic Children Convention (C.C.C.C.) 2017]]> This is a major annual event to which children of our Coptic Churches are invited to enjoy three days full of fun and education. Attractive Bible and Church studies, sports, games, and talent shows are the key components of the Convention. All kids who completed grade 3 to grade 6 in June 2017 are invited!

Date/Time:
from Friday, August 11, 2017, 8:00 am
to Sunday, August 13, 2017, 3:00 pm

Location:
Sheridan College, Trafalgar Campus, Oakville
1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON, L6H 2L1

Theme: Kindly RSVP to our Siver Jubilee
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Cost: $140 per person

Registration Deadline: July 30, 2017 or when maximum number is reached

Registration:

Study Material:

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Mahragan Alkeraza 2017 – Take Heed To Yourself & To The Doctrine http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/05/mahragan-alkeraza-2017-take-heed-to-yourself-to-the-doctrine http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/05/mahragan-alkeraza-2017-take-heed-to-yourself-to-the-doctrine#respond Sun, 28 May 2017 21:01:31 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23606 The theme for Mahragan Alkeraza 2017 is “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:16). This year, God is asking each one of us to grow in Christ. To do this we will learn about the following topics:

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The theme for Mahragan Alkeraza 2017 is “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:16). This year, God is asking each one of us to grow in Christ. To do this we will learn about the following topics:

  1. Watch yourself
  2. Keep God’s teachings
  3. Abide in God, always
  4. Heaven .. so much more than we can imagine
  5. Bring your friends to God

We hope that all of you will participate in the Mahragan activities this year, and encourage everyone you know to join us in one of the greatest annual events, presented by our mother, the Coptic Orthodox Church.

May God bless Mahragan Alkeraza this year and the efforts of all the participants and coordinators, through the prayers of our beloved father His Holiness Pope Tawadros II (Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark) and his partner His Grace Bishop Mina (Bishop of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada).

Below is the study material for all grades, and the church also provides special sessions for all grades every Friday from 6:30 to 9:00pm. Please join us and invite others!


Important Dates

  • Local Mid-Term Exam – Sunday, July 9, 2017 – MidTerm Study Material
  • Local Final Exam – Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Regional Competition – Saturday/Sunday, September 16-17, 2017
  • Regional Award Ceremony – Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Midterm in July is worth 20% of the spiritual mark. The final in August is worth 80% of the spiritual mark. If you miss the midterm in July, the final in August will count for 100% of your final mark. Also, if your mark in August is higher than your mark in July, the final in August will count for 100% of your final mark. Top performers in the Church level competition will be invited to participate in the National Level (Regional) competition.


Material for JK and SK
Material for Grades 1 and 2
Material for Grades 3 and 4
Material for Grades 5 and 6
Material for Grades 7 and 8
Material for Grades 9 & up and English Adults

Grades 9 & up and English Adults


Material for Arabic Adults

Arabic Adults


Activities

Activities for all grades …
(in addition to Coptic Language [from JK and up] and Hymns & Tasbeha [from JK and up])


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Departure of Mr. Fikri Fawzi Michail (Father of Dr. Phoebe Michail) http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/05/departure-of-mr-fikri-fawzi-michail-father-of-dr-phoebe-michail http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/05/departure-of-mr-fikri-fawzi-michail-father-of-dr-phoebe-michail#respond Sat, 06 May 2017 16:01:36 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23599 “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 Mr. Fikri Fawzi Michail (Father of Dr. Phoebe Michail)]]>

“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 Mr. Fikri Fawzi Michail who rested in peace in the Lord on Friday, May 5th, 2017. Mr. Fikri is the husband of Mrs. Angel El-Komos Fouad Philopos, the father of Dr. Phoebe, Dr. Liliane and Dr. Caroline, and the grandfather of Angelo, Jessica, Andy, Joshua, Krista, Martina and Hannah. Mr. Fikri is also the brother of Mr. Fayez, Dr. Raouf, late Eng. Fadel, late Mrs. Isis and Mrs. Tahany.

The Church Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 12:00pm (noon) at Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church at 1562 Rymal Road East, Hamilton, ON L8W 3P1. The family will accept condolences from the congregation on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 between 7:00pm and 9:00pm at the Church.

May God rest his 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)

رقد فى الرب على رجاء القيامة الاستاذ فكرى فوزى ميخائيل. الاستاذ فكرى زوج مدام أنچيل القمص فؤاد فيلبس و والد كل من الدكتوره فيبى و الدكتوره ليليان و الدكتوره كارولين و جد كل من أنچلو و چيسيكا و اندى و چوشوا و كريستا و مارتينا و هانا. الاستاذ فكرى اخو كل من الاستاذ فايز و الدكتور رؤوف و المرحوم المهندس فاضل و المرحومه مدام ايزيس و مدام تهانى.

و سوف تقام صلاة الجناز يوم الثلاثاء الموافق ٩ مايو ٢٠١٧ فى تمام الساعة الثانية عشر ظهرا فى كنيسة الشهيد العظيم مارمينا بهاميلتون. و سوف تستقبل الأسرة العزاء يوم الثلاثاء الموافق ٩ مايو ٢٠١٧ من الساعة ٧,٠٠ إلى ٩,٠٠ مساءا فى كنيسة الشهيد العظيم مارمينا بهاميلتون.

الرب يعطى نياحا لنفس المنتقل و عزاءا لكل أفراد الأسرة فى مصر و كندا.

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Tri-Church Family Retreat – July 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/04/tri-church-family-retreat-july-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/04/tri-church-family-retreat-july-2017#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:01:21 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23576

You are invited to a Family Retreat arranged by Three Churches:

Ti Agia Maria and St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church, Etobicoke, ON Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, London, ON Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church, Hamilton, ON

Dates:

Saturday, July 1, 2017 to Sunday, July 2, 2017

Location:

Holiday Inn Cambridge 200 Holiday . . . → Read More: Tri-Church Family Retreat – July 2017]]>

You are invited to a Family Retreat arranged by Three Churches:

  • Ti Agia Maria and St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church, Etobicoke, ON
  • Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, London, ON
  • Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church, Hamilton, ON

Dates:

  • Saturday, July 1, 2017 to Sunday, July 2, 2017

Location:

  • Holiday Inn Cambridge
  • 200 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge, Ontario N3C 1Z4
  • Phone: +1 (877) 320-8454

Theme:

  • “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2)

Speakers:

  • Dr. Emil Joseph: Consultant Psychiatrist, Founder and Lecturer in the Orthodox Counselling Institute in Maadi and Assiut, Egypt
  • Dr. Alice Tawfik: Consultant Pediatrician, Founder and Lecturer in the Orthodox Counselling Institute in Maadi, Egypt, Trainer for Counselling Servants, Leader for Ladies Meeting in Maadi Church 

Topics:

  • Types of personalities and psychiatric needs
  • Father’s heart and his distorted image
  • Healing from mistakes of others (forgiveness)
  • Marriage covenant or contract
  • Family and fulfilling psychiatric needs of kids
  • Feeling the human and spiritual value

Retreat Fees:

  • $160 per family, for
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Access to beverages (coffee, tea, juices)
  • Access to recreation facilities
  • Special program for kids (Grade 2 to Grade 8)

Reservation & Information:

  • Toronto -> Samy Messiha (416) 564-4070
  • London -> Medhat Abdel Sayd (519) 476-4358
  • Hamilton -> Mohab Louka (905) 921-6674 (mohablouka@gmail.com)

Deadline:

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flyer:

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Easter Message from Bishop Mina 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/04/easter-message-from-bishop-mina-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/04/easter-message-from-bishop-mina-2017#respond Sun, 16 Apr 2017 21:01:42 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23590

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

Khristos Anesti; Alithos Anesti! Pi-Ekhrestos Aftonf; Khen O Methmi Aftonf! Christ is Risen; Truly He is Risen!

Beloved fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters in our diocese. I congratulate you for the . . . → Read More: Easter Message from Bishop Mina 2017]]> anba_mina

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

Khristos Anesti; Alithos Anesti!
Pi-Ekhrestos Aftonf; Khen O Methmi Aftonf!
Christ is Risen; Truly He is Risen!

Beloved fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters in our diocese. I congratulate you for the Glorious Feast of Resurrection, On your behalf, I congratulate His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, their Eminences the Metropolitans, and their Graces the Bishops of the Holy Synod. I also congratulate the priests, the deacons, the boards of all churches, the servants, the youth, the children as well as all the Christian families in our diocese. I congratulate all people all over the world. Happy Glorious Feast of Resurrection.

I would like to talk to you today about the resurrection as our hope for the future and how it affects our behaviour.

St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:13-14 says: “if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” In other words, if there isn’t any resurrection, then our faith is pointless. If Christianity is simply about this physical life and then we die to never live again, then it really doesn’t matter what we do or how we live or what we believe in.

St. Paul also says in verse 19, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all people.” If there is no future life for us, then our lives would more focus on having a good and enjoyable time in this life as much as we can. If there is no resurrection, then it would not be helpful for us to believe in Christ, because that might mean only sacrifice, persecution and killing like what happened in Tanta and in Alexandria. If there is no resurrection, then the crucifixion of Christ didn’t achieve anything for us, and we are still in our sins (verse 17). But there is a resurrection, not only for Christ but also for us.

Let’s look at the significance of this doctrine in our day-to-day life.

Regarding those who slept in death, we do not grieve like others who have no hope because we believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that those who have fallen asleep in him will rise with Him as well. Look to what the gospel says: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). The significance is that we will live forever and not just on earth, but we will live forever with Christ and not just that, but we will have glorious, powerful bodies that are like His, and life that is far better than what we have now.

There are also wonderful rewards waiting for us. No matter what kind of sacrifices we make in this life, they are well worth making, because we will be given 100 times and more in the world to come. Resurrection helps us deal with the difficulties and persecutions resulting from believing in Christ when most people around us do not.

Also resurrection goes hand in hand with the doctrine of the judgment. As Jesus said, some will rise to the resurrection of life, and others to the resurrection of condemnation. God cares about the way we live and He will make us accountable for the way we live. Everything we do in serving Christ, everything we do in supporting the gospel, is worth doing. 

Our behaviour here on earth should reflect the death and resurrection of Christ. We put to death the deeds of sin. We walk and live in a new way just as Christ was raised from the dead into a new life. St. Paul is talking about how resurrection changes our behaviour. Our old self was crucified with Christ so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. He says: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

May the Lord preserve you and keep for us our beloved His Holiness Pope Tawadros II for many years to come. Keep our beloved priests and congregations in good health enjoying these joyful days of resurrection. May our Lord also give comfort to those who lost beloved ones in Tanta and Alexandria, and give speedy recovery to those injured in hospitals.

May God bless you all. 

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

April 16, 2017

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