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ST. MARY OF ZION

ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX TEWAHEDO CHURCH - LONDON

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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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By St Mary of Zion, Jun 24 2015 01:05PM

3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.


5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.


6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.


7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.


8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.


9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.


10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.


By St Mary of Zion, Jun 5 2015 10:46AM

A Petrol station fire in Accra has killed more than 175 people and the number is growing. The fire comes after two days of heavy rain swept the city.


Let us all pray for the souls of our departed brothers and sisters in Christ the Lord. Let us also remember their families who are going through this difficult time. May our Lady St Mary intercede on thier behalf and keep them in good spirits




picture taken from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-33003673

By St Mary of Zion, Apr 22 2015 01:05PM

The EOTC North West Europe Diocese invites you to attend joint prayer service by all Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Churches in London for those who were martyred in Libya, murdered in South Africa and Yemen and also who perished in Mediterranean Sea.


The prayer service, led by the Archbishops, His Grace Abune Gebriel and His Grace Abune Kewistos, will be held on:


Friday the 24th April at 5:30pm at St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA (2 min walk from Euston Station)


EOTC North West Europe Diocese


N.B. Kindly pass this message to all family and friends


By St Mary of Zion, Apr 22 2015 12:55PM

Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, following the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya


20 April 2015


The confirmation of the murder of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh (IS) in Libya has been received with deep sadness. These executions that unnecessarily and unjustifiably claim the lives of innocent people, wholly undeserving of this brutality, have unfortunately become far too familiar. Once again we see innocent Christians murdered purely for refusing to renounce their Faith.


The Christians of Egypt and Ethiopia have had a shared heritage for centuries. Being predominantly Orthodox Christian communities with a mutual understanding of life and witness, and a common origin in the Coptic Orthodox Church, they now also share an even greater connection through the blood of these contemporary martyrs.


This sad news came on the day that His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury visited His Holiness Pope Tawadros II in Egypt to personally express his condolences following the similar brutal murder of 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya by Daesh in February of this year.


These horrific murders have not only touched the lives of those in the Middle East and Africa, but have led to a greater sense of solidarity among people and communities around the world. I am thankful, in the midst of this pain, that the ghastly nature of these crimes is bringing a greater rejection of them, and of any ideology that sanctions, justifies or glorifies brutality and murder.


As people of faith and none who respect humanity and life, we must continue to speak out against such appalling and senseless violence. As Christians, we remain committed to our initial instinct following the murder of our 21 Coptic brothers in Libya, that it is not only for our own good, but indeed our duty to ourselves, the world, and even those who see themselves as our enemies, to forgive and pray for the perpetrators of this and similar crimes. We pray for these men and women, self-confessed religious people, that they may be reminded of the sacred and precious nature of every life created by God.


Acts such as these do not only cause insurmountable pain to so many around the world, especially the families and communities of the victims, but can also create an even greater desensitisation in those perpetrating them to the suffering and pain which they cause. The will of God, Who created us in His own Image and likeness, can most certainly not be that we feel each other’s pain less or become desensitised to each other’s suffering.


We pray repose for the souls of these innocent men, a change of heart for those who took their lives, but above all we pray comfort and strength for their families and communities, and the many around the world who may not have known them, yet are left to mourn such a tragic and unnecessary loss of precious life.


Having seen the courageous response of the families of the Coptic martyrs in Libya, we pray similar strength, courage and peace for all those suffering as a result of this brutal act, reassured that their loved ones will never be forgotten, having died as true martyrs and paying the ultimate price, hearing the joyful promise “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Lord.”[1]


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View this statement online via www.CopticMediaUK.com

Follow His Grace Bishop Angaelos on Twitter @BishopAngaelos

For more information please contact:

Angela Mikhail

Media and Communications Officer

The Coptic Orthodox Church UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 71937076


By St Mary of Zion, Apr 9 2015 11:27AM

Holy Week


Washing of the feet

Date: Thursday 9th April

Times: 6:00pm - 10:00pm


Suffering Friday

Date: Friday 10th April

Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm


Saturday Morning prayers

Date: Saturday 11th April

Times: 8:00am - 1:00pm


Resurection/ Easter (midnight Mass)

Date: Saturday 11th April

Times: 8:00pm - 4:00am



Address: St James - The Great Parish Church

Lower Clapton Rd

Hackney

London

United Kingdom

E5 8EG


For more information contact: [email protected]


By St Mary of Zion, Feb 23 2015 04:44PM

The Second Sunday in Lent (Kedest: Holy/Sanctify)


The second theme teaches us about separation from sin and evil. To be Holy means cut off or separated from sin, the devil and the world as Christ our Lord separated himself in the wilderness of Judea, fasting and praying, thus establishing example of the Great Lent Fast of the Church. However sanctification not only consists of putting off the old nature of Adam and sin but putting on the new nature of Jesus Christ by practicing the positive mean of holiness through fasting, prayer, spiritual reading of the Holy Bible, good works, practicing virtue, receiving penance and the Holy Communion.


Reading: St. Matthew 5, 6, 7

By St Mary of Zion, Feb 23 2015 04:42PM

Consecrate a Fast


Fasting is the earliest commandment known to mankind, for God commanded our ancestor Adam to refrain from eating a certain fruit from a certain tree (Genesis 2:16-17) and allowed him to eat from the rest. In this way God set the body certain limits beyond which it should not go.

And hence, God gave us the commandment of fasting for the sake of our spiritual growth leading to eternal life. By fasting, man rises above the level of the body and also above matter. Thus, fasting is neither a mere set of formalities nor a mere ordinance or rite. Rather, it is a gift and a blessing given to us by God and organised by the Church for our spiritual benefit. So, the period of fasting, as our Lord Jesus Christ fasted for forty consecutive days, should be a period of retreat and private fellowship with God the Father: as the Bible says, ‘consecrate a fast’ (Joel 2:15).

It is wrong to consider fasting only from the materialistic point of view, as merely abstaining from food for a certain period, followed by a meal which is free of animal fat. We have to take into consideration the spiritual dimensions of fasting.

If we consider fasting as merely abstaining only from food, it would not be a consecrated fast. But it is a relationship between man and food without God being as third party to it. This kind of fasting makes us similar to those people who fast only to have slim and beautiful bodies. Thus, fasting is not a mere dealing with the body. Rather, it is dealing with God. A fast that does not have God in it is not fast at all! We eat for God and fast for Him!

Not all fasts are consecrated, for there are false fasts which are in truth not considered as such and which are rejected by God. The Bible gives us examples of these rejected fasts: fasting to get people’s praise (Matthew 6:16-18), the proud Pharisee’s fast (Luke 18:9-14), a fast with a wrong aim (Acts 23:12), a fasting which is far from mercy and charity (Isaiah 58:3 -7), and a fast with committing sin (Jerm 14:11-12).

Some people also fast without performing any spiritual work! No prayer, No meditation, No reading spiritual books, No hymns, No confession, and No mass. That is why fasting, for them is, heavy, tiresome and without spiritual fruit. If you have fasted, and yet you have not started any spiritual activity, it is time to arrange a full spiritual schedule that includes all channels of grace. If you do not perform any spiritual activity, then how can you distinguish your fast from hunger strike or that of Buddhist and yogists?

Therefore, a consecrated fast must be accompanied by spiritual activities such as: repentance, prayer, worshipping and humility before God. It is also associated with strong will. Sacred fasting is associated with repentance because it is not permissible for man to fast and live in sin. Repentance is also associated with humility and confession of sin, as the Ninevite did when they wore sack cloth and sat in the dust. Moreover, fasting is associated with worship because abstinence from food, is not enough, as it is a passive act.


By St Mary of Zion, Feb 23 2015 04:37PM

Abey Tsome / The Great Lent fast Introduction


Duration

The duration of this great fast is 55 days. This is almost eight weeks. From Monday to Friday no food or drink is taken before noon-midday at the earliest or until 3pm. Even at this time only a simple repast should be taken until evening dinner or supper. This schedule is strictly adhered to except on the two Sabbaths Saturday and Sunday. These two days are honoured as days of rest above others. Saturday is the first Old Testament Sabbath day and Sunday is the day of our Lord. It is the day of the resurrection, when our Lord defeated death by rising from the dead. For this reason we do not afflict ourselves with fasting and prostrations; and therefore may take breakfast. However, if we wish to partake of the Holy Communion on Saturday or Sunday we must fast from all food and drink for at least 12 hours before.

A Vegetarian/ Vegan Fast

During this great fast we must abstain from all meat animal products. This includes fish. Dairy products like cheese, milk, eggs, butter, etc are also not included in our diet during this period. This diet is strictly adhered to throughout the 55 days from Monday to Friday including Saturday and Sunday.

The Purpose of the Great Lent Fast

The Great Lent Fast is the longest in the Christian Calendar. It follows the example of our Lord Jesus Christ 40 days and nights fast. St Matt 4:1-2 it is a period of spiritual discipline and reward. A time of prayer, study, humility and fasting in preparation for the great festival of salvation, that is the resurrection.

Division of the Great Lent Fast

The eight weeks Great Lent Fast is divided into three basic parts:

First division commemorates the fast of Herkal– the first week of Great Lent

Second division commemorates the 40 days fast of our Lord

Third division commemorates Passion or Holy Week the last week of our Lent starting on Hosanna/ Palm Sunday

The three divisions are collectively called The Great Lent Fast.


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