While still a young deacon at Nica, St.

Athanasius, the 20th patriarch of Alexandria, defended the Divinity of Christ and was one of the writers of the Christian Creed, which is followed by most Christians today. Another Egyptian sage was St. Cyril of Alexandria, who stressed the unity of the Divinity and Humanity of Christ in the third Council of Ephesus. Although the Coptic Church has been unjustly labeled as being “monophysite” (believing in only one nature of Christ), St. Cyril explained centuries ago that the Coptic Church believes in “one incarnated nature of God the Word,” that is, one union of two natures, one fully human nature and one fully divine nature.

of Christ’s work to reconcile the world to God, so that all may be led to repentance as they partake of His Body and Blood. The most commonly used liturgy in the Coptic Church was written by St. Basil the Great, in the Fourth century. The Liturgy is always celebrated on Sunday (the Lord’s Day), but may also be celebrated on any day of the week. In addition to the Divine Liturgy, the Church holds Bible Study meetings, youth meetings, and Sunday school classes, for all to learn and grow

The Copts Today:

The monastic Movement:
The Coptic Church is also famous for its asceticism and monasticism; a long-standing tradition founded by St. Anthony the Great (251-356A.D.), the Father of monasticism. This monastic order based on principles of poverty, obedience and chastity, became the foundation from which many orders developed.

Martyrdom:
As Christianity grew, the attempts to squash it became fierce. The Coptic Church is recognizes as having suffered one of the most violent waves of persecution in Christian history, and thus our Coptic calendar commences at the begining of the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletain, at whose hands thousands of Christians died.

The Coptic Orthodox church is the largest Church in the Middle East, with about 14 million faithful in Egypt. Under the leadership of Hi Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Patriarch of the see of Saint Mark. There is an increasing number of monasteries and churches throughout Egypt, as well as new monasteries and churches being established abroad all over the world. Our Coptic Church in Seattle started in the 1970s with a small number of Copts and a humble church. Today with growing congregation and new church, Father Takla Azmy who was ordained priest in 1978 is serving our Coptic Church since 1991. The Coptic Church has a rich past that flourished by the faith and the blood of its martyrs. The same church continues to serve the Word of God around the world.
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St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church Seattle, WA

What are Coptic Services like?
The Main worship Service in the Coptic Orthodox Church is the Divine Liturgy, celebrating the Eucharist. The liturgy is basically the story of humanity’s redemption. It is told regularly in order to remind the believers

The Coptic Church is:
It is one of the most ancient Churches in the world, having been founded by Saint Mark the Apostle, the writer of the second gospel, in the first century. The word “Coptic” comes from the Greek Work “Aigyptus” meaning “Egypt,” and . thus “Coptic” merely means “Egyptian.” As a conservative Church, the Coptic Church has carefully preserved the Orthodox Christian faith in its earliest and purest form, handing it down from generation to generation, unaltered and true to the apostolic doctrines and patterns of worship. Trinitarian: believing in the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (being one God): and believing that our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, the true Son of God, was incarnate, born of the Virgin Saint Mary, died for us on the Cross that He may grant us salvation Rose on the third day that he may grant us everlasting life with him, and ascended to heaving after forty days, sending the Holy Sprit to His disciples as He promised them on the day of Pentecost. Apostolic: As Saint Mark the Apostle founded it. Scriptural: having as its main point of reference the Holy Bible, as depicted in current traditional translations such as, King James. Traditional: using the teachings of the early Church Fathers as well as the NiceneConstantinopolitan Creed (325 A.D.) as its statement of faith. One God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Christ who took human flesh, died and rose to save us from sin and death and in His second coming He will judge all and His Heavenly Kingdom will be forever; one universal and apostolic church and one baptism

An Ancient Christian Church.

Sacramental:

the church believes in seven Sacraments, which are mysteries through which the Holy Spirit imparts grace to the believers. These sacraments are: Baptism: (Mark 16:16, John 3:5) Chrismation: anointing of the oil (John 2:20, 27) Repentance and Confession: (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; John 20:23) Eucharist: communion (John 6:51-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29) Matrimony: marriage (Mathew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31-33) Priesthood: (Romans 15:16; 2 Timothy 1:6) Unction of the sick: (James 5:14-15) Conservative: In that it does not change basic matters of Faith, Dogma or Traditions to suit current trends. This does not mean, however, that matters such as language and day-to-day practices are not changed to suite conditions of ministry and the needs of the congregations. Holding on to such matters of faith and practices not had been an easy task, as the Coptic Church has always lived persecution of one form or another since its establishment in the first century

With His Apostles and celebrated the Passover, where the Lord appeared to them after His Resurrection, and where the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles the day of Pentecost. Thus, it is well known by all the Apostolic Churches as the first church in the world. Hence, the Coptic Church is one of the oldest churches in the world, spanning 20 centuries of history.

Historical Contributions
The School of Alexandria: Undoubtedly, the school of Alexandria was the earliest and most important institution of theological learning in Christian antiquity. It grew tremendously in the first four centuries of the world. After the Roman Empire officially accepted Christianity in 313AD, Alexandria became a renowned center of learning especially in Theology. Many of the great deans of the school include St. Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-254 A.D.), a gifted author; Origen (185-264 A.D.) the brilliant scholar; and St. Didymus the Blind, who formed a system of engraved writing for the blind fifteen centuries before Braille.

Establishment
Saint Mark the Apostle and Evangelist, one of the seventy-two apostles, established the Church of Alexandria in about 55AD. In Alexandria, St. Mark structured the church worship; ordained one bishop and seven deacons; established the famous School of Alexandria; and was martyred by the RomanS in 68AD in Alexandria. It was at the house of St. Mark where the Lord met

The Ecumenical Councils:
As a result of these great traditions of theology, there arose a number of theologians who were well respected and recognized in the Christian world. Many of these scholars played a critical role in the development of Christian theology in the three recognized ecumenical councils of Nicea (325A.D.), Constantinople (381A.D.), and Ephesus (431 A.D.)

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