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2016 Annual St. Philopateer Festival

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2016 Annual Church Festival

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Church Graduation 2016

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Joy of The Resurrection

H.H. Pope Shenouda III

His Holiness Pope Shenouda III

Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark

   -An excerpt from His Holiness’ book Contemplations on the Resurrection.

    The angels proclaimed the news of Christ’s resurrection to the women saying, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but He is risen” (Luke 24: 5-6) The news of the risen Christ brought tremendous joy to the disciples, but terrified the Jewish leaders.
As much as the day of the crucifixion was painful emotionally, it was a day of salvation. However, people did not see Christ opening the doors of paradise, they only saw the suffering, insults and nails. As much as the disciples were disturbed and sad on Friday, they were very joyful on Sunday. The promise of the Lord to them was fulfilled when He said, “But I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you” (John 16:22).
Through His resurrection, they rejoiced that the resurrection is possible and realistic. He was the evidence. That is why     St. John describes Him, “whom we have seen with our eyes and touched with our hands” (1Jn 1: 1). St. Peter also bears witness that “we have eaten and drank with Him after His resurrection from the dead.” (Acts 10: 41). Through the resurrection, the fear of the disciples was turned into courage and indifference to all the powers that were fighting them. All their enemies could do is threaten to kill them, but what can the threat of death do to one who believes in the resurrection and has seen it!

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Holy Week Service Schedule 2016

Holy Week Service Schedule 2016

Date Occasion Service Time
Friday, April 22, 2016 Conclusion of Lent Friday Liturgy 8:00am – 1:30pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 Lazarus’ Saturday Liturgy 8:00am – 10:30am
Eve of Palm Sunday Vespers & Procession 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Eve of Palm Sunday Midnight Praises 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Sunday, April 24, 2016 Palm Sunday Matins & Early Liturgy 5:30am – 9:00am
Liturgy* 9:00am – 12:30pm
General Funeral* 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Eve of Monday Evening Pascha 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Monday, April 25, 2016 Day of Monday Morning Pascha 6:30am – 7:30am
Afternoon Pascha 11:00am – 1:00pm
Eve of Tuesday Evening Pascha 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Day of Tuesday Morning Pascha 6:30am – 7:30am
Afternoon Pascha 11:00am – 1:30pm
Eve of Wednesday Evening Pascha 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Day of Wednesday Morning Pascha 6:30am – 7:30am
Afternoon Pascha 11:00am – 1:00pm
Eve of Holy Thursday Evening Pascha 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, April 28, 2016 Holy Thursday Matins, Lakan, & Liturgy 8:00am – 2:30pm
Eve of Good Friday Evening Pascha 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday, April 29, 2016 Good Friday Pascha* 8:00am – 6:00pm
Bright Saturday Praises & Revelation 11:00pm – 5:00am
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Bright Saturday Liturgy 5:00am – 7:00am
The Feast of the Resurrection Liturgy* 7:00pm – 12:30am
Sunday, May 1, 2016 Easter Sunday School Party Easter Celebration 11:00am – 1:00pm
Monday, May 2, 2016 Sham El Nessim (Easter Monday) Liturgy 8:30am – 10:30am

*Note – There will be English services will be held on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and The Feast of the Resurrection. Arabic services will be held in the Bethany building, while English services will be held in the church.

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