Coptic Orthodox

st-mina-revivalSt. Mina the wonderworker and the life of thanksgiving!

During the month of November of every year, the church celebrates the martyrdom of St. Mina the wonderworker and Thanksgiving. As we reflect back on St. Mina, all the saints and martyrs’ lives, we notice how their lives were filled with thanksgiving. The person who is living a life of thanksgiving is noble as he did not forget God’s work in his life. He responds in phrases coming from both the heart and tongue filled with thanksgiving to God and people who helped him. Our Lord Jesus praised the Samaritan who was the only one out of the ten men that came back glorifying Him after being healed from leprosy, “and he fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan” and the Lord said “were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17:15-18).


When you are thanking God, you are also glorify-ing Him as you are acknowledging His goodness towards you. When God sends someone to help you, you should thank both God and that person who helped you. God is the One who helped you through that person. Most people thank God in the beginning or end of the day and in special occa-sions like New Year’s Eve and feasts. It is important to live a life of thanksgiving as St. Paul said “giving thanks always for all things to God” (Ephesians 5:20).


Thanking God shouldn’t be limited to special occasions or events but rather, it is a continuous action. St. Paul taught us in his first letter to Thessalonians as he said, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).


As you may have noticed every prayer in our church starts with the prayer of thanksgiving. St. Paul said “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giv-ing thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 3:17).


In the thanksgiving prayer we pray, “We thank you for every condition, concerning every condition, and in every condition”. Therefore, thanksgiving should not only be all the time but for everything and in every condition. God’s children are always joyful and thankful about everything from all their heart with faith. I pray that God teaches us how to live a life of true thanksgiving from all the heart all the time.

Nahda for St. Mina the wonder worker from Wed. Nov. 18th - Tus. Nov. 24th

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Wed Nov 25 @ 5:45PM - 07:00PM
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Wed Nov 25 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Hymns Class
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Women Fellowship (Pope Shenouda meeting)
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Liturgy
Thu Nov 26 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
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Fri Nov 27 @ 5:45PM - 07:00PM
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Fri Nov 27 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
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