Holy Places for Coptic Christians – St Dyfnog

Holy Places for Coptic Christians – St Dyfnog

Wales is a land which has rightly been said to have been built on the saints, and almost every other town or village is called Llan-something, which represents the Welsh word for a monastery or church enclosure. Usually the name of the place refers to the ancient Orthodox saint who founded the monastery or church. […]

You must be born again!

You must be born again!

Our Lord Jesus famously spoke about the new birth when he addressed Nicodemus, one of the Pharisees, who had come to Jesus in the night. In John 3:3-7 he says… “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a […]

What is mission?

What is mission?

I have been reflecting on what I mean and understand by mission in the context of our Coptic Orthodox Church in the West. Others may use this word and other associated words in a variety of ways. I am not suggesting that they are wrong to do so, nor am I criticising any other model. […]

Holy Places for Coptic Christians – Norton Priory

Holy Places for Coptic Christians – Norton Priory

Norton Priory is just 15 miles from the Coptic Orthodox Church of St Mary and St Cyril IV in Liverpool. Perhaps it remains unknown to many people. Just one of hundreds of ruined monastery sites in England. In the County of Cheshire alone there were once more than 30 monasteries. There were many hundreds across […]

The Reason for Two Easters

The Reason for Two Easters

It is confusing to many people that there are two dates used to celebrate Easter. In fact, the calendar is rather complicated, and without all the scientific instruments we have today it is not a simple matter to work out how long a year is so that it can be divided up usefully. We can […]

Relations between the Pro and Non-Chalcedonians in the 6th Century

Relations between the Pro and Non-Chalcedonians in the 6th Century

PDF version available here Abstract In the period 571 – 577 A.D. there was a sustained persecution of the non-Chalcedonian communities in Constantinople by the Patriarch John Scholasticus. During this persecution he tried to bring about unity by a forced reception of the Holy Mysteries. When he began to require re-ordination of those entering his […]

What happened in Gethsemane?

What happened in Gethsemane?

When we read the Scriptures we will often reflect on the accounts that we find, of the life of our Lord Jesus, and the Apostles, and other important figures. But unless our thoughts are moulded by the writings and teachings of the Orthodox Church, through the commentary and explanations of the Fathers of the Church, […]

Why do we fast?

Why do we fast?

Draft Booklet for Teens If we have grown up in the Coptic Orthodox Church then we know that there are times through the year, and even every week, when we fast. We know how to fast. Our families will switch over to fasting food. We will try to keep the rules as much as possible. […]

The Prodigal Returns – Free eBook

The Prodigal Returns is available on this site as a free eBook written by Father Peter Farrington. It presents a description of the Orthodox spiritual life as a means of beginning to break the power of habitual sin of all kinds. It can be downloaded as an eBook in pdf format at this link – […]

Holy Places for Coptic Christians – Heysham

Holy Places for Coptic Christians – Heysham

Heysham and St Patrick The British Isles are filled with holy places that should be places of pilgrimage for Coptic Orthodox Christians living and worshipping among them. The Church in the British Isles was Orthodox from the beginning, and the saints of these islands are our own saints, Orthodox saints. We must honour and venerate […]

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