Saint Mary in the Orthodox Concept

Saint Mary is regarded as the highest saint in the Orthodox Church. She is higher than all the heavenly saints and any man or woman saint who ever lived. She is called the Theotokos, which is a Greek word meaning “Mother of God.” Saint Mary is the Mother of God. The Coptic church focuses on... Continue Reading →

History of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Name and Origin: The Copts are the original Egyptians, and the word "Copt" itself is derived from the Greek word "Aegyptus" which means Egypt. The Copts are the descendants of the ancient Egyptians. They are considered one of the most anthropologically pure races in the world. The Coptic Era: When people think of Egypt, they... Continue Reading →

Monasticism

Monasticism began in the Coptic Orthodox Church towards the end of the third century, and flourished in the fourth. There were hundreds of monasteries and thousands of caves in the mountains of Egypt. Saint John Cassian said that the traveller from Alexandria in the North to Luxor in the South, would have, in his ears... Continue Reading →

Christology of the Oriental Orthodox Church

By Fr. Peter Farrington – St. George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK. The Humanity of Christ (What Oriental Orthodox Believe) This is an explanation of the Oriental Orthodox understanding of the humanity of Christ, and rebuttals to common misconceptions and arguments. The Oriental Orthodox Churches have often been criticised for professing a... Continue Reading →

The Canonization of Scripture

I. Which Version of the Old Testament? Today, it is very common to know the list of Bible books “down pat” among Evangelicals – our kids sing songs in Bible School, etc. Every Bible keeps the books in the same order, and divides the Old Testament nicely into “the Law,” “The Prophets,” and ‘The Writings,”... Continue Reading →

The Holy Scripture (Bible)

The Orthodox Church believes that the Holy Scripture is the divinely inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the story in which God reveals His love for man throughout the history of mankind. The Old Testament tells of the history of that revelation from Creation through the Age of the Prophets. It contains 39... Continue Reading →

Monophysitism: Reconsidered

By Fr. Matthias F. Wahba – Parish Priest from St. Antonius Coptic Orthodox, California, USA. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, in which I am a priest, is one of the Oriental Orthodox Churches. These churches are the Coptic, Armenian, Syrian, Ethiopian, and the Malankara Indian Churches. The common element among them is their non-acceptance... Continue Reading →

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