Special Days

Church of the Dormition

Church of the Dormition, Jerusalem The Church of the Dormition is located on Mt Zion. It is built at the location said since ancient times to be the place where St Mary died, and where the Assumption occurred. A beautiful and larger-than-life wood carving of St Mary lies peacefully in a chapel in the lower level.   By the 5th century AD, there was record of three large churches atop Mt Zion, one of them being devoted to the Dormition…

The Church of the Transfiguration

The Church of the Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor, Israel Three of the four Gospels describe a miraculous event taking place: the Holy Transfiguration, whereupon three Apostles – St. Peter, St John, and St James – witnessed Jesus transfigured from a regular human appearance to a heavenly being, shining with light, and talking with two long-dead prophets from centuries before, Moses and Elijah. God’s voice from above announced that this was His son, in whom He was well pleased, and to…

St Philopater Mercurius, (AKA Abu Saifain)

St Philopater Mercurius, Also Known as Abu Saifain Saint Mercurius is an impressive figure in his icons, mounting on a horse, and holding two swords above his head. His story is an inspiration of courage, bravery, and faithfulness. He was born and raised a Christian, with the name Philopater, which is Greek for “Lover of the Father.” When he grew up, he entered the army, rising rapidly through the ranks, and took the name Mercurius. His leadership, courage and loyalty was…

The Discovery of the Relics of St John the Baptist and the Prophet Elisha

Baounah 2nd (June 9): The Discovery of the Relics of St John the Baptist and the Prophet Elisha at the Monastery of St Macarius           The New York Times of Jan 7, 1979, tells the story of the great discovery at St Macarius Monastery, along with a photo of the box where the saints’ relics were temporarily stored until a small shrine was built for them in the main church.. It was in August of 1976,…

Pentecost

  Pentecost 2020 Pentecost this year falls on June 7, the 30th of the Coptic month of Bashans. The word “Pentecost” literally means “Fiftieth (50th)” in Greek, and originally referred to the ancient Jewish festival which came fifty days after Passover, and is called The Festival of Weeks; in Hebrew, Shavuot. It says in Acts of the Apostles that the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Christ occurred in “the Upper Room” (Acts1:13-14, 2:1-2)…

The Feast of the Holy Ascension

The Feast of the Holy Ascension The Commemoration of the Feast of the Holy Ascension of Jesus Christ occurs Forty days after the Resurrection of the Lord. This year, the Ascension Feast occurs on the 20th of the Coptic month of Bashans, which is May 28. There is a very brief mention of the Ascension of Jesus at the very end of the Gospel of St Luke. And Luke’s description of it in the first chapter of Acts of the…

St Demiana and the Forty Virgins

St Demiana and the Forty Virgins St. Demiana was the daughter of the governor of a district in the northern delta area in Egypt.          He and his wife were Christians, and raised Demiana to be a faithful Christian too. This was around the end of the third century after the resurrection of Jesus, and Demiana decided to dedicate her life to Christ. Her father built a palace for her on a large area of land, and…

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…
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