“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

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 in order to monitor the epidemic. This entails that all public buildings initiate strict record keeping and control of their activities.

As of now, all services this week are canceled again, including Liturgies.

As mentioned, this can be a great spiritual opportunity for benefit, individually and with family. Since most schools are closed and many people are staying home, help us to help you benefit by working with your servants in the plans they’ll be implementing to encourage benefit. 24 hours a day is a lot of time and potential for benefit!

We will continue to update you on this evolving situation.