“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)
Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate – The Church of Alexandria

St. Mary & St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
Reaching out to Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in NJ

Posts by Nader Iskander

The Apostles’ Fast

Some characteristics of this fast are: It’s the only fast that varies – Ends July 12 but starts the day after the Feast of Pentecost. This feast does not come the same day every year. Therefore, the Apostles’ Fast can vary from 18 days to 49 days. Abstaining from food till a certain hour of the day is done Mondays thru Fridays…

Message to Congregation – June 22, 2020

Today, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order #156 increasing the 25% indoor service cap from 50 persons to 100. Please be advised that this weekend’s services will reflect the increase to 100 people. The church is still obligated to have registration for notification purposes if needed. As in the past, you will receive an email inviting you to specific services.

Message to Congregation – June 15, 2020

We will now start cycling everyone, while maintaining the 50 people maximum capacity. We will do this by celebrating two back-to-back Divine Liturgies on Saturday and two on Sunday, based on a first reply/first accommodate basis. The whole family is to be registered for one liturgy only. We will continue to do private services for those with special circumstances.

For clarification, all church…

Message to Congregation – June 14, 2020

As you may know, Governor Phil Murphy is implementing plans to reopen places and businesses within the State subject to certain restrictions and guidelines. Houses of worship were permitted to resume services, but only in stages and subject to the CDC recommendations concerning facemasks and social distancing protocols. Outdoor church services were permitted on May 18th, followed by indoor services on June…

Message to Congregation – May 25, 2020

Christ Is Risen!
As the Governor follows his plan to re-open New Jersey, we will conduct a pre-registration questionnaire so that when official church services resume we will be ready to conduct services according to the guidelines and conditions Governor Murphy sets.
Please go to the link below and complete the questionnaire. [FORMS]

Message to Congregation – March 16, 2020

Peace and Grace. The Federal Government is making efforts to curtail the Coronavirus pandemic. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has declared that there be no public gatherings of 25 or more people. As harsh as it seems, this is actually a great way to thwart the spreading of viruses. Also, the local health departments in every township have mandated several rules…

Email to Servants List – March 16, 2020

Peace & Grace, Please read this email carefully and use discretion when speaking with other people so as to not misrepresent or cause confusion. A lot has been happening the last 12 hours. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now mandated that there be no public gathering of more than 50 people but has now dropped it to no more than…

Message to Congregation – March 14, 2020

– Please see Statement from Archdiocese – No services tonight – Liturgy 8-11 tomorrow – No Agape Meal gathering – Tuesday AM, Wednesday PM, Friday AM Liturgies as are scheduled. – Additional Liturgy Thursday 6-9 AM for Feast of the Cross Additionally, instead of the usual Thursday Nights only, Stop, Drop & Pray will be every night this week 10:30-10:35pm on behalf…