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January 29, 2015
Toba 21, 1731



The Dormition of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos







  

  On this day, Our Lady, the all pure, Virgin St. Mary, the Mother of God, departed. As she was always praying in the holy sepulchre, the Holy Spirit informed her that she was about to depart from this temporal world. When the time of her departure arrived, the virgins of the Mount of Olives came to her, with the apostles, who were still alive, and they surrounded her bed. The Lord Jesus Christ, to Whom is the glory, with a host of thousands and thousands of angels came to her and comforted her and told her about the eternal joy that was prepared for her, and she rejoiced. The apostles and the virgins asked her to bless them. She stretched her hand and blessed them all, and she gave up her pure spirit in the hand of her Son and God, and He took her spirit to the heavenly mansions.

    The apostles prepared the body in a fitting manner and carried it to Gethsemane. Some of the Jews blocked their way to prevent them from burying the body. One of the Jews seized the coffin with his hands, which were separated instantly from his body and they remained attached to the coffin. He regretted his evil deed and wept bitterly. Through the supplications of the saintly apostles, his hands were reattached to his body, and he believed in the Lord Christ. When they placed the body in the tomb, the Lord hid it from them.

    St. Thomas the Apostle was not present at the time of St. Mary's departure. He wanted to go to Jerusalem and a cloud carried him there. On his way, he saw the pure body of St. Mary carried by the angels and ascended to heaven with it. One of the angels told him, "Make haste and kiss the pure body of St. Mary," and he did.

    When St. Thomas arrived where the disciples were, they told him about St. Mary's departure and he said to them, "You know how I conducted myself at the resurrection of the Lord Christ, and I will not believe unless I see her body." They went with him to the tomb, and uncovered the place of the body but they did not find it, and everyone was perplexed and surprised. St. Thomas told them how he saw the holy body and the angels that were ascending with it. They heard the Holy Spirit saying to them, "The Lord did not will to leave her body on earth." The Lord had promised his pure apostles to let them see her in the flesh once again. They were waiting for this promise to be fulfilled, until the 16th day of the month of Misra, when the promise was fulfilled and they saw her.

    The years of her life on earth were 60 years. She was 12 years old when she left the temple. She spent 34 years in Joseph's house, until the Ascension of the Lord, and 14 years with St. John the Evangelist, according to the commandment of the Lord which he told her at the cross, "Behold, this is your son," and to St. John, "Behold, this is your mother."

Her intercession and blessings be with us. Amen.



January 30, 2015

Toba 22, 1731

The Departure of St. Anthony the Great (Antonius)

  

   On this day, of the year 355 A.D., St. Anthony the Great, the star of the wilderness, and the father of all monks, departed.

    This righteous man was born in the year 251 A.D. in the city of Qimn El-Arouse, to rich parents who loved the church and the poor. They raised him up in fear of the Lord. When he was twenty years old, his parents departed, and he had to take care of his sister.

Once, he entered the church and heard the words of the Lord Christ in the Gospel, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven; and come, follow Me." (Matthew 19:21)

    He returned to his house, decided to fulfill this commandment and considered it directed to him personally. He gave his wealth to the poor and needy, and he took his sister and placed her with some virgins.

    At that time, monasticism had not yet been established. All those who wanted to live a solitary life went and lived on the outskirts of the city. This was what St. Anthony did as he dwelt alone, worshipping and living an ascetic life.

    The devil fought him there by afflicting him with boredom, laziness, and the phantoms of women. He overcame the devil's snares by the power of the Lord Christ. After that, he went to one of the tombs, and he resided therein and closed the door on himself. Some of his friends used to bring him food. When the devil perceived his ascetic life and his intense worship, he was envious of him, and he beat him mercilessly, then left him unconscious. When his friends came to visit him and found him in this condition, they carried him to the church. After he somewhat recovered, he went back to the same place. The devil again resumed his war against St. Antonius, only this time the

phantoms were in the form of wild beasts, wolves, lions, snakes and scorpions. They appeared as if they were about to attack him or cut him into pieces. But the saint would laugh at them scornfully and say, "If any of you have any authority over me, only one would have been sufficient to fight me." At his saying this, they disappeared as though in smoke, for God gave him the victory over the devils. He was always singing this psalm, "Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him." (Psalm 68:1)

    St. Anthony used to prepare a quantity of bread that would sustain him for six months. He did not allow anyone to enter his cell, and whoever came to him, stood outside and listened to his advice. He continued in this condition of solitary worship for 20 years. Then by God's command, he went to El-Fayyoum and confirmed the brethren there in the faith, then returned to his monastery.

    During the time of persecution, he longed to become a martyr. He left his monastery and went to Alexandria. He visited those who were imprisoned for the sake of Christ and comforted them. When the Governor saw that he was confessing the Lord Christ publicly, not caring what might happen to him, he ordered him not to show up in the city. However, the saint did not heed his threats. He faced him and argued with him in order that he might arouse his anger so that he might be tortured and martyred. But God preserved him all along, according to His will, for the benefit of many, and so the Governor left him alone. Then the saint went back to his monastery according to God's will, and many came to visit him and to hear his teachings.

    He saw that these visits kept him away from his worship. As a result, he went far away to the eastern desert. He travelled with some bedouins to the inner wilderness for three days, until he found a spring of water and some palm trees, and then he chose to settle there. On this spot now stands the monastery of St. Anthony the Great. The bedouins came to him with bread, and the Lord drove away all the wild beasts from this place, for his sake.

    On occasions, he would go to the monastery on the outskirts of the desert by the Nile to visit the brethren, then return to his inner monastery.

    His fame spread abroad and it reached Emperor Constantine. The Emperor wrote to him, offering him praise and asked him to pray for him. The brethren were pleased with the Emperor's letter, but St. Anthony did not pay any attention to it, and he said to them, "The books of God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, commands us everyday, but we do not heed what they tell us, and we turn our backs on them." Under the persistence of the brethren who told him, "Emperor Constantine loves the church," he accepted to write him a letter blessing him, and praying for the peace and safety of the empire and the church.

    One day, he was bored, and he heard a voice telling him, "Go out and see." He went out and saw an angel who wore a girdle with a cross, one resembling the holy Eskiem, and on his head was a head cover (Kolansowa). He was sitting while braiding palm leaves, then he stood up to pray, and again he sat to weave. A voice came to him saying, "Anthony, do this and you will rest." Henceforth, he started to wear this tunic that he saw, and began to weave palm leaves, and never got bored again.

    St. Anthony prophesied about the persecution that was about to happen to the church and the control of the heretics over it, the church victory and its return to its formal glory, and the end of the age.

    When St. Macarius visited St. Anthony, St. Anthony clothed him with the monk's garb, and St. Anthony foretold him what would be of him.

    When the day of the departure of St. Paul, the first hermit in the desert, drew near, St. Anthony went to him. St. Anthony buried St. Paul the hermit after he had clothed him in a tunic which was a present from St. Athanasius the Apostolic, 20th Pope of Alexandria.

    When St. Anthony felt that the day of his departure had approached, he commanded his disciple to hide his body and to give his staff to St. Macarius, and to give one sheepskin cloak to St. Athanasius and the other sheepskin cloak to Anba Serapion, his disciple. He stretched himself on the ground and gave up his spirit. The angels and the saints took his spirit and carried it to the place of perpetual rest.

    This saint lived for 105 years, struggling in the way of holiness and purity.

His prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.
    
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View three Arabic lectures by Bishop Raphael at the Family & Youth Convention in Whistler May 17-19, 2014.


View the Enthronement  ceremonies of His Grace Bishop Mina held at the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Vancouver, Canada on April 13 and 14, 2013.


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 Monday February 9, 2015

The Departure of the Great Saint Anba Paul, the First Hermit.

 Family Day at Church

The day will start with the Divine Liturgy & includes activities for all ages.


  
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Saint George Coptic Orthodox Church in Vancouver

13905 108 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 2L1
(604) 588-8020

 Father Bisenty Abdel-Messih Gerges


Father Bisenty Gerges

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Father Armia Aziz Gerges
 


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Wednesday January 28, 2015
8:30 - 10:30 AM Divine Liturgy - Father Bisenty
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Dormition of Our Lady the Virgin Mary
نياحة والدة الاله القديسه مريم العذراء
9:00 - 11:00 AM Divine Liturgy - Father Armia
Followed by Senior's Day - يوم الحكماء
7:00 PM Vesper Prayers
THE DEPARTURE OF ST. ANTHONY THE GREAT (ANTONIUS)
نياحة القديس العظيم انبا انطونيوس اب جميع الرهبان
Saturday January 31, 2015
6:00 PM Vesper Prayers
6:30 PM Sunday School
6:30 PM Bible Study
Sunday February 1, 2015
8:30 - 9:00 AM Raising the Morning Incense
9:00 - 11:00 AM Arabic Divine Liturgy - The Church - Father Armia
9:00 - 11:00 AM English Divine Liturgy - The Gym - Father Bisenty
11:30 AM Deacons Meeting in the Church
12:00 PM Adult Alhan lesson by our head of deacons Mr. Adly Tadros
12:15 - 12:30 PM Alhan Class - Grade 1 & 2
12:30 - 1:00 PM Alhan Class from grade 3 & up
12:00 - 12:30 PM Sunday School Class, Grade 4 - 5 & 6
12:00 - 12:30 PM Sunday School Class, Grade 7 - 8 - 9 & 10
12:30 - 1:00 PM Sunday School Class, Grade 1 - 2 & 3
12:30 PM Tongues of Fire Youth Choir for grades 7 & up
12:30 PM St. George App Development Course
Monday February 2, 2015
Jonah's Fast Begins
بدء صوم نينوى
10 AM - 12:00 noon Divine Liturgy - Father Bisenty
Tuesday February 3, 2015
12:00 - 2:30 PM Divine Liturgy - Father Armia
Wednesday February 4, 2015
10:00 - 12:00 noon Divine Liturgy - Father Bisenty
4:00 - 6:00 PM Divine Liturgy - Father Armia
Thursday February 5, 2015
Jonah's Feast - فصح نينوى
6:00 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy - Father Bisenty
    
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Coptic Calendar 2015

The Holy Nativity Fast November 25 – January 6
The Holy Nativity Feast January 7
The Circumcision Feast January 14
The Holy Epiphany January 19
Feast of the Wedding of Cana of Galilee January 21
Jonah's (Nineveh) Fast February 2 - 4
Jonah's (Nineveh) Feast February 5
Presentation of the Lord into the Temple February 15
The Holy Great Fast February 16 - April 3
The Feast of the Cross March 19
Lazarus Saturday April 4
Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem (Hosanna Sunday) April 5
Holy Pascha April 6-8
Annunciation Feast (Not celebrated this year) April 7
Convenant Thursday April 9
Good Friday April 10
Glorious Feast of the Resurrection April 12
Thomas Sunday April 19
Saint George Feast May 1
Martyrdom of St. Mark the Evangelist May 8
The Holy Feast of Ascension May 21
The Holy Pentecost Feast May 31
Entry of the Lord into Egypt June 1
The Apostle's Fast June 1 - July 11
The Apostle's Feast (Martyrdom of St. Peter & St. Paul) July 12
St. Mary's Fast August 7 - August 21
Transfiguration Feast August 19
Assumption of St. Mary's Body August 22
The Nayrouz Feast (Coptic New Year) September 12
The Feast of the Cross (Three days) September 28 - 30
The Holy Nativity Fast November 26 - January 6


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  • Sundays at 8:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Sundays at 9:30 am - 11:00 am: Children's Liturgy at the hall
  • Wednesdays at 8:30 am
  • Saturdays English Liturgies at 8:30 am, Arabic Liturgies at 9:00 am
    • First Saturdays of the month: Arabic Liturgy
    • Second Saturdays of the month: English Liturgy
    • Third Saturdays of the month:  Arabic Liturgy
    • Fourth Saturdays of the month: English Liturgy
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  • Vespers prayers and Bible study Saturdays at 6:30 pm

Sunday School Meetings

  • Sunday School on Saturdays at 7:15 pm
  • Hymns classes for Grade 2 to Grade 9 on Saturdays at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Youth Meetings

  • Youth meeting on Saturdays at 7:15 pm
  • Youth meeting on Wednesdays at Simon Fraser University 7:00 pm

Other Meetings

  • Youth $ servants preparation meeting: Fridays at 7:30 pm.
  • Prayer meeting and Arabic Bible Study Fridays at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Mr. Magdy Zakhary, Biweekly)
  • Seniors Meeting: Every Third Tuesday of the Month (Father Armia & Mr. Magdy Zakhary)
  • Alhan Classes: Saturdays at 7:15 pm