“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

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The Festal Letter of St. Athanasius – Letter 4

The Festal Letter of St. AthanasiusLetter 4 St Athanasius opens his letter with a reminder to everyone that each year during this season a “holy self-examination stirs up our minds and keeps our consciences on guard to think on good things. We do not act like mourners during these days. Rather, we put down the appetites of our bodies in order to…

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…

The Festal Letter of St. Athanasius – Letter 2

The Festal Letter of St. AthanasiusLetter 2 St Athanasius begins his Festal Letter by saying that in order to celebrate the heavenly joy of the Feast of Resurrection properly, we should listen and pay attention to the teachings of the Church in the weeks leading up to the Feast. We also have many examples such as St Paul who are role models…

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…