By St Mary of Zion, Nov 19 2015 01:44PM
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'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit'
St Matthew 28: 19
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St Matthew 18:20
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
On Saturday 12th September, the Faithfull’s of St Mary of Zion Church (Tserha Sion) gave thanks for being blessed three fold:
1. Partaking in the Holy Kedasie (mass service)
2. Witnessing the blessing of the rings, uniting both Woheba Selassie and Berhane Maskel
3. Witnessing the revelation of Holy Trinity
The Picture above reveals three beams of light shining down onto the picture of our blessed mother and our Lord and Saviour Eyesus Kristos (Jesus Christ). It is through the church that the divine understanding of the trinity is shown and explained.
May Dengil Maryam (Virgin Mary) continue to intercede for us with the blessed Kidus Selassie (Holy Trinity), Amen.
What God has joined together, let man not separate
On the eventful day of our 2008 New Year, St Mary of Zion (Tserha Sion) church saw two of her devoted members become engaged to be married. We would like to extend the blessings and congratulations to Wohebe Selassie and Behane Maskel.
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman, ' for she was taken out of man." 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
By His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church
in the United Kingdom
As we approach the UK Parliament debate on the proposed ‘assisted dying bill’, we must ensure that this discussion is conducted within the context of a clear understanding of the sanctity of life and the inevitability of death. At the outset, the selective use of the term ‘assisted dying’ over ‘assisted suicide’ shifts the focus from the fact that this act will essentially legitimise and facilitate the premature taking of one’s own life.
An open letter addressed to parliamentarians regarding the ‘assisted dying’ bill was published in the Guardian on 5 September 2015, signed by various Faith leaders, of which I was one. This letter which opposed the bill outlined the following key concerns:
· “If passed, it will directly affect not only those who are terminally ill and who wish to end their lives, but also their families and friends and the health professionals who care for them”
· “It also has the potential to have a significant impact on other vulnerable individuals: those who believe that they have become burdens to family and carers and feel under pressure within themselves to 'do the decent thing' and, tragically, those who might be pressured by others to seek a medically-assisted death”
· "In the UK some 500,000 elderly people are abused each year, most by family members, often for financial reasons. Many of these would also be vulnerable to pressure to end their lives prematurely”
· “For many, a change in the law would result, not in great comfort, but in an added burden to consider ending their lives prematurely; a burden they ought not be asked to bear”
We have an age-old duty of care, especially to those closest to us, and this proposed change could in certain situations deprive us of giving that care to those who may consider themselves purely as a burden, and thus seek the premature ending of their own lives.
It is encouraging that the vast majority of doctors and healthcare professionals entrusted with front-line care for terminal patients see their role as being either to provide treatment or the appropriate palliative care, according to their medical judgement, but not as actively encouraging or taking part in ending life.
In not knowing when life will end, we continue to live that life to its fullest and impact the world around us, even at an advanced age or when experiencing the greatest illness. If we are now placed in a position to decide when life can or should indeed end, whether it be ours or others, this could significantly affect how we live our life, and would create a constant dilemma for many as to when the ‘right time’ to end it would be.
One unsettling element of the proposed bill is that it qualifies a person for assisted suicide if he or she is “reasonably expected to die within six months” leaving no room for the uncertainty which we know to still be part of our medical science even today. My own pastoral experience has brought me to minister to many diagnosed with terminal illness who have lived far beyond their prescribed life-expectancy. One brother bishop in particular who was told that he had 6 months to live 7 years ago continues to effectively shepherd his flock until today.
At a time when we see tens of thousands of people coming to our shores, fleeing death and seeking a better chance of life, this bill essentially seeks to advocate for those within those same shores to end their lives; a stark contrast indeed. Rather than looking at ways to legitimately end life, our focus should be on how to allow people to live and safeguard it as a precious gift.
Regardless of the outcome of this debate, it must be acknowledged that being in a place where death seems preferable to life, whether our own or others, is one of immense pain, and so we pray comfort for those suffering that pain, those seeing loved ones suffering before them, and for the wide variety of healthcare and support professionals who deal with them at various stages of their journey.
View this statement online via www.CopticMediaUK.com
For more information please contact:
Media and Communications Officer
The Coptic Orthodox Church UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 71937076
Statement on the government proposal to legalise assisted suicide
Ethiopian Orthodox Priest Killed in Durban -by ORTHODOXY COGNATE PAGE on JULY 23, 2015
Durban- South Africa: Reports claim that Ethiopian Orthodox Priest Abba Samuel was killed by an attacker in Durban, South Africa. The murder is considered as a result of Xenophobic attack. Funeral was held on 23rd July 2015. Further details are unavailable.
Deacon Amde Tsion gives an update.
Meeting with Abuna Gabriel
On Sunday 05th July 2015, A representatives from St Mary of Zion church (Tserha Sion), Melake Sion Habte Mariam, Haile Mariam and Wollette Gabriel, attended a meeting with His Grace Abune Gabriel. The Meeting was arranged to send our gratitude for the gift that was promised by the Holy Synod. We also thanked Him for all his works as a peacekeeper during his stay within the UK. We presented him with a photo gift of a collage of pictures all representing his stay at St Mary of Zion. Abuna Gabriel was very pleased with the gift and he was reminded by the excellent work did by the Sunday school children to perform such a play. He sends His blessings and will try to visit St Mary of Zion Church before he departs for Ethiopia.
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