“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


St. Mary’s Fast 2022 – Daily Contemplations

Ark of the Covenant: The Ark of the Covenant is commonly seen as a symbol of St. Mary for various reasons. First, the Ark was made of incorruptible wood overlaid with gold. In the Old Testament, God commands Moses saying, “They shall make an ark of acacia wood” (Exodus 25:10 ESV). Acacia wood is considered to be one of the most durable…

The Festal Letter of St. Athanasius – Letter 3

The Festal Letter of St. AthanasiusLetter 3 St Athanasius begins his letter by stressing the importance of persevering against those who fight against the truth (as St Athanasius did with Arius) and not being “silenced or overcome by the wickedness of our accusers”. He then goes on to stress the importance of celebrating the Feast (of Resurrection) and quotes St Paul in…

Great Fast Instructions

What is Fasting, in reference to food?Fasting is abstaining from all food and drink till a specified time/hour.Fasting is vegan foods only.Fasting is minimizing portions. Yet, periods of “fasting” as set by the Church, are not just times in which our dietchanges… Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving is a triune act: an offering to God. Our goals during theGreat Fast should reflect this…