Fasts & Feasts

Apostles’ fast

By: GEORGE YOUSSEF

May 28th of this year marks the first day of the Apostles’ fast which concludes on July 11th. This fast precedes the Apostles’ feast on the fifth day of Epip, the day St. Peter and St. Paul were martyred.  Through the Apostles’ fast, we thank God for the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, we acknowledge the struggles and tribulations

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The Papal Encyclical for the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, 2016

لتحميل النسخة العربية اضغط هنا

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.

ÉÉ<rictoc ÉAnec]@ Aly;oc ÉAnec]  

Ekhristos Anesti, Alithos Anesti.

Christ is Risen. Truly, He is Risen. 

 

I congratulate you my beloved for the Glorious Feast of Resurrection, and commend you the joy of this holiday. I congratulate the entire Coptic Orthodox Church. The Metropolitans, Bishops, priests, deacons, and boards of churches. I congratulate all the servants, youth, children as well as all the Christian families universally. I congratulate all

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وهم غلبوه بدم الخروف وبكلمة شهادتهم ولم يحبوا حياتهم حتى الموت
رؤ12: 11 

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 
(Rev. 12: 11)

بطرس وبولس سحقا قوة الشيطان وردوا الأمم للأيمان بالثالوث أبونا بطرس أكمل بموت الصليب فى مدينة روما العظمى لأجل اسم ربنا يسوع المسيح وهكذا أيضا بولس نزعت رأسه هناك من قبل الملك نيرون فى يوم واحد نالا المجد من الملك المسيح واستراحا معه فى ملكوته الأبدى والحياة الدائمة
ذكصولوجية للقديسين بطرس بولس  

Peter and Paul, trampled the power of Satan, and restored the nations, to the faith of the Trinity. Our father Peter completed, his struggle with death on the cross, in the great city of Rome, for the name of Jesus Christ. Paul also likewise, was beheaded in that place, by Emperor Nero, all in one day. They received glory form Christ, the King and they rested with Him, in His eternal kingdom, in the everlasting life. 

(St. Peter & St. Paul Doxology)

لتحميل النسخة العربية اضغط هنا

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.

I congratulate you, my beloved, for the Glorious Nativity feast and beginning the New Year of 2015. I hope you to have a new year full of blessings, goodness, love, joy and peace. In fact, I am so happy to communicate with you through this message—to all the beloved at every Coptic Orthodox Church all over the world, every family, all youth, all servants, the board of the church, all children, and all brethren.

When God created humanity, He intended them to be in continuous communication. He wanted them to be the crown of creation. After creating all things first, He created the King of all creation on earth. Man, having the breath of God, was the great creation of God. But sin came and humiliated him and cast him away from what God planned for him. Since the sin of Adam and Eve, our first parents, humanity came into struggle with all aspects of sin in their lives. There are three main weaknesses that dwelled in humanity as a result of original sin.
The first is Dominance by the Ego. The ego of the human being became his own god or idol. Man began to worship his ego along with power, desires, and all that resulted therefrom. When we look to the world, we find that the dominance by the ego

The Papal Encyclical for the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, 2015

لتحميل النسخة العربية اضغط هنا

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.

ÉÉ<rictoc ÉAnec]@ Aly;oc ÉAnec]  

Christ is Risen. Truly, He is Risen. 

 

I congratulate you on the glorious Feast of the Resurrection, which is the joy of all our joys, and the feast of all of our feasts. Resurrection in the Christian life is not just a historical event. Neither is it a mere occasion that we honor with a variety of celebrations, nor just an ordinary passing day. Resurrection is the foundation of our path of salvation which our Lord Jesus Christ completed on the wood of the cross. Resurrection is the focus of our faith. It is the realization of the forgiveness of all humanity. Resurrection is the core of spiritual struggle, since spiritual progress without the resurrection is meaningless. Moreover, it is the hope and promise of the coming eternal life. Without resurrection our Christian faith is pointless. Without resurrection, there is no peace for our daily earthly lives. Without resurrection, we have no hope for the future. The light of the resurrection illuminates our lives and brightens the path of every individual through each stage. 

 

 One may ask: “Did Jesus really come and die?” 

Fast or Feast for 2010 

Date

The Holy Nativity Feast

January 7

The Circumcision Feast

January 14

The Holy Epiphany

January 19

Feast of the Wedding of Cana of Galilee

January 21

Jonah's (Nineveh) Fast

January 25–27

Jonah's (Nineveh) Feast

January 28

Holy Great Fast

February 8 – March 26

Presentation of the Lord into the Temple

February 15

The Feast of the Cross

March 19

Lazarus Saturday

March 27

Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem (Hosanna Sunday)

March 28

Holy Pascha

March 29–31

Covenant Thursday

April 1

Good Friday

April 2

Glorious Feast of the Resurrection

April 4

Annunciation Feast

April 7

Thomas’ Sunday

April 11

Martyrdom of St. Mark the Evangelist

May 8

The Holy Feast of Ascension

May 13

The Holy Pentecost Feast

May 23

The Apostles' Fast

May 24 – July 11

Entry of the Lord into Egypt

June 1

The Apostles' Feast (Martyrdom of St. Peter & St. Paul)

July 12

St. Mary's Fast

August 7–21

Transfiguration Feast

August 19

Assumption of St. Mary's Body

August 22

The Nayrouz Feast (Coptic New Year)

September 11

The Feast of the Cross (Three days)

September 27–29

The Holy Nativity Fast

November 25 – January 6

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