The Coptic New Year : Year of the Martyrs
Today is the beginning of the blessed Coptic year. It is necessary to keep it a holy day with full purity and chastity. Let us start a new demeanor as St. Paul the Apostle says, ‘therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; Behold, all things become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.’ (2 Cor. 5:17-18) And Isaiah the Prophet says, ‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’ (Isaiah 61:1-2) And David the Prophet says, ‘Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness; and Thy paths drop fatness.’ (Psalms 65:11) We ask our God to keep us without sin and help us to act according to His will with the intercessions of the pure Saint Mary and all the Martyrs and Saints. Amen.
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