Special Days

Saint Helena, the Empress

Saint Helena, the Empress St. Helena the Empress made huge contributions to the spread of the new religion of Christianity. She began her life as an ordinary girl of humble Greek/Turkish origins in the mid 3rd century Roman Empire. It happened, by God’s will, that she met an ambitious, high-ranking soldier named Constantius, who was known to the Emperor Aurelian. Helena and Constantius married, and had a son around the year 272. They named him Constantine. Constantine was a teenager…

The Commemoration of the Birth of St Mary

The Commemoration of the Birth of St Mary The First Day of Bashans (May 9) Today, on the first day of the Coptic month of Bashans, we celebrate the birth of the Virgin St Mary. It is the second of the Seven Feasts of St. Mary. The beloved Mother of Jesus Christ was born to St Hannah (St Ann, in English) and St Joachim. For many years they had long prayed to God for a child, even as they grew…

St. Mark (May 8th)

The Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Great Saint Mark the Evangelist It was on the 30th day of the Coptic month of Baramouda in the year 68 A.D. that St Mark – he who established the first church in Egypt, and he who wrote the Gospel which bears his name – was martyred in Egypt. His family lived in Cyrene (part of modern-day Libya), and moved to Jerusalem when Mark was very young. His mother’s house is where the Passover…

St George (May 1st)

Saint George, Prince of Martyrs The commemoration of the martyrdom of the great St George is on the 23rd of Baramouda, which usually corresponds to the first of May. His martyrdom occurred in 307 A.D. As the Coptic Synaxarium tells us, St. George was a young Christian man who went to the Emperor Diocletian, and was disappointed at how set against the Christians Diocletian had become. St George tried to reason with the Emperor, which only made Diocletian even angrier…