“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

Announcements

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 the Congregation – February 4th, 2021

We have returned to the “cycle system” where a portion of the parish will be invited to the Sunday Liturgy, then the next group the next week, and so on. Governor Murphy has raised the indoor gatherings limit from 25% to 35%, with a maximum of 150 people, whichever is smaller. In our church building’s case, we can now have up to…

The Great Fast

We thank our Lord for having brought us to this holy season once more, in which the Church guides us in giving many types of offerings unto God our Father, advancing ourselves to become a better reflection of our Savior and a finer tool for His work.The Holy Spirit has guided the Church in designing these holy days for us, that when…

Jonah/Nineveh Fast

Jonah/Nineveh Fast is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, February 22-24. This fast holds two purposes: 1. Preparation for the Great Fast (Lent) which always starts two weeks after. 2. That it sets the spirit of the Great Fast… repentance, pleading in prayer, strictness, and self-discipline. This fast follows the same practices of the Great Fast – No fish and longer abstaining hours (by…