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Saint Mina Coptic Orthodox Church http://www.stminahamilton.ca Hamilton, Ontario - Canada Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:01:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 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 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

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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Papal Easter Message 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/04/papal-easter-message-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/04/papal-easter-message-2017#respond Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:01:00 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23584 Click here to download the Papal Easter Message in PDF (Arabic – English) and Video.

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

I congratulate you for the Glorious Feast of Resurrection. This year, all Christians worldwide are . . . → Read More: Papal Easter Message 2017]]> Click here to download the Papal Easter Message in PDF (ArabicEnglish) and Video.

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PTII_005Khristos Anesti; Alithos Anesti!
Pi-Ekhrestos Aftonf; Khen O Methmi Aftonf!
Christ is Risen; Truly He is Risen!

I congratulate you for the Glorious Feast of Resurrection. This year, all Christians worldwide are celebrating it in union. We remember the martyrs of Palm Sunday. With their blood, they recorded a new page in the history of our Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church. We remember them with all goodness as the Lord had chosen them. We know that God is the Pantocrator. He governs all our lives. We always thank Him saying “let us give thanks to the beneficent one.” We remember them with all the martyrs. We remember our beloved country Egypt entreating the Lord to keep her in all peace. May He remove all evil and shadows of evil from the borders of our country Egypt, and of all the regions of the Middle East.

When we meditate on the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we find in the Holy Bible many verses concerning the resurrection. The resurrection is the first and main event in the history of our Christianity. Without resurrection or the cross, Christianity could not exist. One of the many verses that discuss the resurrection in a personal perspective was written by a saint who had not known Christ for a long time, perhaps until middle age. In his adulthood, Christ had appeared to him and introduced Himself. This encounter changed him from Saul of Tarsus to St. Paul the Apostle. In his epistle to the Philippians, while in the prison, he wrote one of the strongest verses about experiencing the resurrection in chapter 3, verse 10. “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” (Philippians 3:10). This knowledge and spiritual experience of the resurrection is illustrated through four features by St. Paul.

First: “That I may know Him”. This is a confirmatory statement. This knowledge is personal and not by hearsay. This knowledge is through experiencing Christ personally. To verify this, he said “That I may know Him”. Job the righteous spoke about this knowledge at the conclusion of the book of Job saying: “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.” (Job 42:5). Through this knowledge man knows the love of Christ, the commandments of Christ, the salvation of Christ, the behavior of Christ which He placed in our hearts. This knowledge is by experience.

Second: “And the power of His resurrection”. This is the second feature St. Paul mentioned. The resurrection has a power. This power is stronger than anything. The resurrection is not a historical event but a functional status for man to live by, experience and enjoy. The resurrection confirms that death is not the end of the road. It was the resurrection that raised Mary Magdalene when she was in doubt. While in her sadness, she thought that Christ was the gardener. When He called her by name, she joyfully greeted Him. The resurrection alleviated the disciples from their fear. They had been terrified and kept all doors shut. When the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to them, the Bible says: “Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” (John 20:20). Resurrection raises man from sin. Man cannot rise from the impurity of sin except by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ that pleased all mankind when He was crucified and died on the cross for the sake of all.

Third: “And the fellowship of His sufferings”. This is the third feature in the experience of St. Paul. Here we wonder why he mentioned the power of resurrection before the fellowship of His sufferings. In ancient Christian tradition, whenever the cross was hung, they did not depict the body of the Lord Jesus. The reason being that Christ had risen from the dead. The joy of the resurrection is a road through the cross. But Christ is risen now. I remember during one of my visits abroad; I saw a wooden cross with the resurrected Jesus portrayed. Christ is present with the body that resurrected from the dead. “The fellowship of His sufferings” that is described by St. Paul means that resurrection comes after suffering. The fellowship of sufferings happens when man shares it. There is no glory without pain. There is no crown of life without the crown of thorns. The crown of thorns gave us the crown of life. There is no resurrection without the cross. That is why we go through the fellowship of suffering as human beings and as a church. We describe many of these accounts in the narratives and events of the martyrs. Our Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church became the “Church of Martyrs” and is renowned by this name worldwide. That is why we say: “The Mother of the Martyrs is so beautiful” meaning the church.

Fourth: “being conformed to His death”. This is the fourth feature of St. Paul’s experience. It means a Christian person treading the path of the Lord, dies of sin. In every liturgy we attend, we hear the conclusion of the Catholic Epistle that says: “Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1 John 2:15). The focus of a Christian and his heart’s desire is continuously towards heaven. “Being conformed to His death” is clarified by St. Paul in his strong spiritual experiences: “For your sake we are killed all day long.” (Romans 8:36). This spiritual experience written by St. Paul was expressed by the saint several times. He states: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14). He gives light to the person who sleeps in sin, or in evil, or sleeps in the love of the world, away from Christ and from the true knowledge of Christ. The person who sleeps does not know the resurrection of Christ, neither experiencing nor living it. St. Paul through the holy words, says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, death of the sin, and Christ will give you light.”

My heartfelt congratulations to all. Our hearts ache with pain for the separation of our loved ones the martyrs, but we always remember that they have fallen asleep on the hope of the resurrection. The resurrection of Christ. May God preserve and bless your lives.

My message is directed to the fathers the metropolitans, bishops, priests, hegumens and presbyters, to all deacons, ministers, servants, committees of churches and church boards, to all youth, and to all children. To each family in every congregation in our Coptic Church extending to all the continents of the world. In America, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

My greetings and love along with the love of the mother church here in Egypt, we send to you. May you always enjoy the resurrection in your life. Ekhristos Anisty, Alithos Anisty. Christ is risen. Truly, He is risen.

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

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Holy Pascha Week Service Schedule 2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/04/holy-pascha-week-service-schedule-2017 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/04/holy-pascha-week-service-schedule-2017#respond Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:01:07 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23569

Below is the church service schedule from Last Friday of the Lent to Easter Monday … Please join us and invite other too.

Last Friday of the Lent – April 7th, 2017 THE HOLY LITURGY 9:00am – 2:00pm: The Holy Liturgy and the General Prayer of the Sacrament of the Unction of the Sick Lazarus’ Saturday – April 8th, 2017 . . . → Read More: Holy Pascha Week Service Schedule 2017]]>
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Below is the church service schedule from Last Friday of the Lent to Easter Monday …
Please join us and invite other too.

Last Friday of the Lent – April 7th, 2017

  • THE HOLY LITURGY
    • 9:00am – 2:00pm: The Holy Liturgy and the General Prayer of the Sacrament of the Unction of the Sick

Lazarus’ Saturday – April 8th, 2017

  • THE HOLY LITURGY
    • 8:30am – 10:30am: Holy Liurgy of Lazarus’ Saturday
  • THE EVENING RAISING OF INCENSE
    • 6:30pm – 8:00pm: The Evening Raising of Incense for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday – April 9th, 2017

  • THE HOLY LITURGY
    • 7:00am: The Morning Offering of Incense
    • 9:45am: The Gospel
    • 12:15pm: The completion of the liturgy and the start of the General Funeral Prayer
    • 1:00pm: The completion of the General Funeral Prayer
  • THE EVENING PASCHA
    • 5:30pm – 9:30pm: The Evening Pascha

Paschal Monday – April 10th, 2017

  • THE MORNING PASCHA
    • 6:00am – 7:30am: The Prime and Third Hour Prayers
    • 11:00am – 1:00pm: The Sixth, the Ninth, and the Eleventh Hour Prayers
  • THE EVENING PASCHA
    • 6:30pm – 9:30pm: The Evening Pascha

Paschal Tuesday – April 11th, 2017

  • THE MORNING PASCHA
    • 6:00am – 7:30am: The Prime and Third Hour Prayers
    • 11:00am – 1:15pm: The Sixth, the Ninth, and the Eleventh Hour Prayers
  • THE EVENING PASCHA
    • 6:30pm – 9:30pm: The Evening Pascha

Paschal Wednesday – April 12th, 2017

  • THE MORNING PASCHA
    • 6:00am – 7:30am: The Prime and Third Hour Prayers
    • 11:00am – 1:00pm: The Sixth, the Ninth, and the Eleventh Hour Prayers
  • THE EVENING PASCHA
    • 6:30pm – 9:30pm: The Evening Pascha

Covenant Thursday – April 13th, 2017

  • THE MORNING PASCHA
    • 6:00am – 8:00am: The Prime Prayer of the Morning Pascha
    • 9:30am – 10:45am: The Third, the Sixth, and the Ninth Hour Prayers
  • THE LAKKAN LITURGY
    • 10:45am – 11:45am: The Lakkan Liturgy
  • THE OFFERTORY & REMAINDER OF THE HOLY LITURGY
    • 12:00pm: The Offertory
    • 12:30pm: The Gospel
    • 2:00pm: The completion of the Holy Liturgy
  • THE EVENING PASCHA
    • 6:00pm – 10:00pm: The Evening Pascha

Good Friday – April 14th, 2017

  • GOOD FRIDAY PRAYERS
    • 7:00am – 8:30am: The Prime Prayer of the Morning Pascha
    • 9:30am – 6:00pm: The rest of the Paschal Hours of Good Friday
  • THE APOCALYPSE NIGHT
    • 11:30pm: The Apocalypse Night
    • 3:30am – 5:30am: Reading of the Book of Revelation

Joyous Saturday – April 15th, 2017

  • THE HOLY LITURGY OF JOYOUS SATURDAY
    • 5:30am – 7:00am: The Holy Liturgy
  • THE HOLY LITURGY OF THE RESURRECTION FEAST
    • 7:30pm: The Morning Offering of Incense
    • 8:45pm: The Offertory
    • 9:30pm: The Resurrection Act and Cycle
    • 10:15pm: The Gospel
    • 1:00am: The Completion of the liturgy

Easter Monday – April 17th, 2017

  • THE HOLY LITURGY
    • 8:30am – 10:30am: The Holy Liturgy
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Celebrating 25 Years of Service in Hamilton – Update 1 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/03/celebrating-25-years-of-service-in-hamilton-update-1 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/03/celebrating-25-years-of-service-in-hamilton-update-1#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:01:56 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23561

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 – Update 1]]>

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 and tickets will be announced soon.

List of previous announcements regarding the Silver Jubilee Celebration:

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 some important group pictures. During the next few months, the church will hold few main gatherings to take these group pictures in preparation for the book printing:

  • The first of such gatherings was held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 after the holy liturgy (around 11am). Group pictures was taken for those who were baptized, engaged, or wedded in our beloved church. 

  • The second gathering will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 after the holy liturgy (around 11am). Group pictures will be taken for all deacons, Sunday school servants, pre-servants classes, and holy bread “korban” servants in our beloved church and also for all those who missed the group pictures in the first gathering. If you are one of them, or know one of them, please make sure to be there in time.

  • The third gathering will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 after the holy liturgy (around 11am). Group pictures will be taken for all kitchen servants, maintenance and cleaning servants, audio/book store servants, audio/video multimedia, magazine, and website servants in our beloved church. If you are one of them, or know one of them, please make sure to be there in time.

  • The fourth gathering will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 after the holy liturgy (around 11am). Group pictures will be taken for all reception servants, activities servants (Mahragan, Talent Show, Halloween, Festival, Van), choirs (adults and kids), and engineering committees in our beloved church. If you are one of them, or know one of them, please make sure to be there in time. 

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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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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  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
]]> http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/02/prostrations-readings-for-the-holy-great-lent-2017/feed 0 23521 Departure of Mrs. Fawzia Gadalla (Mother of Dr. Ashraf Shweitar) http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/departure-of-mrs-fawzia-gadalla-mother-of-dr-ashraf-shweitar http://www.stminahamilton.ca/2017/01/departure-of-mrs-fawzia-gadalla-mother-of-dr-ashraf-shweitar#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:01:36 +0000 http://www.stminahamilton.ca/?p=23499 “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. Fawzia Gadalla (Mother of Dr. Ashraf Shweitar)]]>

“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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