The New Martyrs of Libya added to the Coptic Synaxarium

21martyrs largeHis Holiness Pope Tawadros II announced the inclusion of the 21 Coptic New Martyrs of Libya in the Synaxarium of the Coptic Orthodox Church today. Every year, they will be commemorated on 8 Amshir in the Coptic calendar, which corresponds to 15 February in the Gregorian calendar, the same day as the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple.

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Statement on the Martyred Copts in Libya

Written by Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate.

The Coptic Orthodox Church headed by Pope Tawadros II lays in the hands of God - in this critical time - its innocent martyrs, assured that their great homeland will not rest until the evil perpetrators are justly punished for their evil crime. We also have faith in the role of the country with all its institutions and the concern of the officials for the rights of all citizens, inside and outside the country, which showed since the beginning of this crisis. We join the families of our beloved children and pay condolences to the whole country knowing that their blood screams in front of the fair Judge who does not wink or sleep and He will punish everyone for what he committed. We pray to God to protect Egypt and its unity and that peace prevails all over the country.

The names of those martyred are:

✝ Milad Makeen Zaky
✝ Abanub Ayad Atiya
✝ Maged Solaiman Shehata
✝ Yusuf Shukry Yunan
✝ Kirollos Shokry Fawzy
✝ Bishoy Astafanos Kamel
✝ Somaily Astafanos Kamel
✝ Girgis Milad Sinweet
✝ Malak Ibrahim Sinweet
✝ Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros
✝ Mina Fayez Aziz
✝ Hany Abdelmesih Salib
✝ Bishoy Adel Alham Wilson
✝ Ezay Bishri Naseef
✝ Loqa Nagaty
✝ Gaber Munir Adly
✝ Esam Badir Samir
✝ Malak Farag Abram
✝ Sameh Salah Faruq
✝ A worker from Awr Village

Church Reopening & Ordinations in Nottingham

With great joy, the Diocese announces the grand opening of St. Mary & St. George's Church in Nottingham, the ordination of Fr. Anthony as a hegumen and the ordinations of several Deacons and Readers which took place on Saturday 27th December 2014.

Fr. Anthony was ordained as a hegumen by the laying of hands by His Grace Bishop Missael; Fr. Anthony has served the Church of St. Mary & St. George in Nottingham since his ordination in January 2012. 

His Grace was also assisted in the service by the reverend fathers: Fr. Youhanna (John), Fr. Bishoy, Fr. Peter, Fr. Hedra, Fr. John, Fr. Thomas

We thank His Grace Bishop Missael and ask the Lord to keep him in widening the diocese and the appointment of new servants. We pray that the Lord may bless St. Mary & St. George's Church and Fr. Anthony's service for many years to come.

H.G. Bishop Moussa Visit 2014

With the grace of God, His Grace Bishop Missael welcomed His Grace Bishop Moussa to the Coptic Centre in Birmingham from Thursday 25th December until Friday 26th December 2014.

His Grace Bishop Mossa, who is the Bishop of Youth, gave a lecture on five messages we can attain from the name of our Lord Jesus Christ which was followed by a question & answer session on Thursday.

On Friday their Graces prayed the Divine Liturgy followed by another lecture studying the five commandments of St. Paul to the Colossians, duties that all of us should carry out as Christians.

The talks are now available for you to watch and listen to 

"New Creation" Winter Youth Conference 2014

Written by Kristina Saba.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” 2 Corinthians 5:17

From the 28th – 30th November we were graced with the presence of Bishop Paul from Africa. The weekend was filled with thought provoking workshops, and talks led by Bishop Paul himself.

The concept behind the conference was the idea that through Christ, we can be transformed into a whole new being. Although we may see ourselves as a 'hopeless case', it is simple through the power and eyes of God. We were reminded of many stories in the Bible in which seemingly hopeless cases were made into beacons of hope for many. For example, in Acts 16:23-28, Paul and Silias were thrown into prison. They had no control over this themselves, however God stood by them and broke them free with an earthquake.

In the Holy Bible and in church, we are reminded that we are promised the kingdom of God. However many of us often have feelings of sadness, frustration, despair and hopelessness which can occasionally push us away from prayer and the church. To paraphrase His Grace’ words, the devil is deceiving. We all aspire to be holy and holiness is described as a living relationship with Jesus. When we sin, the devil wants us to feel ashamed and embarrassed so that we hide ourselves from God; just as Adam and Eve did. This deception causes our relationship with Christ to suffer, preventing us from reaching this certain state of holiness.

We were reminded of God's faithfulness, and his presence during all our trials and tribulations, and that despite our hopeless feelings, God will never abandon his children. We were also taught the importance of faith, and having the belief that God will never accept defeat over the devil and that he will stand by us and protect us.  

Throughout the conference, we were given countless examples of people who Bishop Paul knew that had experienced these drastic changes in their lives. Each of these stories provided us with valuable lessons to learn and grow from. As the conference drew to an end, Bishop Paul left us with the message that Jesus came to burden our sins and worries. He told us that we were not meant to carry them alone, and that each person should give their worries to God and trust in Him for the earthquake in our lives to change us.

This was the first UKmidcopts conference I attended and my expectations were surpassed a great deal. I avidly look forward to the next and encourage others to come along too! 

The talks and sketch are now available for you to watch and listen to

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