HOLY SCRIPTURE/HOLY BIBLE
(NEW KING JAMES VERSION NKJ)
We believe that the Holy Scripture is the divinely inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). It is a collection of sacred text/scriptures. The Bible is categorised into two sections.
THE HOLY TRINITY
The Coptic Orthodox Church believes that the Holy Trinity:
- God The Father,
- God The Son, and
- God The Holy Spirit,
are equal to each other in one unity; and that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Saviour of the world.
Minimal changes have been made through out time to the Coptic Orthodox Church; than in any other church whether in the ritual or doctrine aspects and that the succession of the Coptic patriarchs, bishops, priests and deacons has been continuous.
The Coptic Orthodox faith is summarised in the “The Creed”. The Coptic Orthodox Creed was established from the Ecumenical Council of Nicea 325 AD, the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople 381 AD and the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus 431 AD.
COPTIC ORTHODOX HISTORY
The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is an ancient Christian church. The Coptic Orthodox faith is an Oriental Church. It is one of the most ancient churches in the world. It is founded by Saint Mark the Apostle, the writer of the second gospel, in the first Century. The head of the Church and the See of Alexandria is the Patriarch of Alexandria on the Holy See of Saint Mark, who also carries the title of Coptic Pope. The See of Alexandria is titular, and today the Coptic Pope presides from St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, Abbasia in the district of Cairo, Egypt.The word ‘Coptic’ comes from the ancient Egyptian word ‘hekaptah’ meaning ‘Egypt’ (the word Copt is derived from the Greek word Aigyptos, which was, in turn, derived from “Hikaptah”), and thus ‘Coptic’ merely means ‘Egyptian.’ The Coptic Orthodox 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.
WHY IS EGYPT BLESSED?
The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of our Lord’s Entry into Egypt on the 24th day of the month of Bashans, 1st June Seven Minor Feasts of the Lord.Following the birth of Our Lord and Saviour, Joseph the Carpenter was visited by Archangel Gabriel in a dream, as we see in the Holy Bible. “‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’