2017 February « Catechism of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Catechism of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Discussion of the topics or questions, not necessarily answers yet, about what a newly baptized need to learn about the coptic orthodox church.

Fasting and abstinence of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria – Wikipedia

When to fast ? and how to fast according to the Coptic church?

When Not to fast ?

When is fasting with abstinence ?

How many days of fasting in one year ?

Is fasting vegetarian or vegan ?

February 28, 2017 Posted by | Dogma, Rites | Comments Off on Fasting and abstinence of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria – Wikipedia

February 14th – Saint Valentine ?

No Saint Valentine is not in the Coptic Synaxarium, but Saint Valentine war martyred for Christianity in the 3rd C.

Happy Valentine day !
Is it ok in our Coptic church to wish others “Happy Valentine day ” ?
We know our church is Not close minded. In addition, Valentine day which has become commercial was initially inspired by the life and martyrdom of Saint Valentine martyred in the 3rd C for preaching Christianity. He was a bishop of Rome and performed Christian marriages.
For more about the life of Saint Valentine from the Orthodox point of view, you may read the following link. Another question is why Saint Valentine is not in our Coptic Synaxarium (life of saints and history of Coptic church), given his life and martyrdom was before churches split into Oriental, Eastern, and Catholic. The following link has one answer.

Is Saint Valentine commemorated in the Catholic church ? To answer, do check the Wikipedia (not the most trusted source by just a start)


February 14, 2017 Posted by | Feasts saints & angels, New testament, Saints | Comments Off on February 14th – Saint Valentine ?

February 15th = Feast of Presentation of 40 days old baby Jesus


Yes Feast of Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. See icon attached

Two 2 things not to be confused:

1. Feast of PRESENTATION may be confused with Catholics Presentation of St Mary event. Note this is Feast of Presentation of Christ, 40 days after birth. I know some went to catholic school of Presentation. The presentation means different.

2. Feast of Presentation of the Lord is 40 days after birth and you see icon attached shows Jesus as baby, scheduled in Coptic church on the 8th of Amshir Coptic month. I have noticed that some may confuse it to be 8 days after birth (which is Feast of Circumcision). Note it is 8 Amshir Coptic month, NOT 8 days after birth.
For a nice article about the Feasts in the Coptic church, please check the following link. As you read it find out answers to the following questions:

A. Why we celebrate a Feast in the Coptic Orthodox Church ?

B. Which feast do we celebrate on Wednesday February 15th ?

C. Whose commemoration do we celebrate on Sunday February 19th ?

D. Whose commemoration do we celebrate on Tuesday February 28th ?


February 13, 2017 Posted by | Catechism, Feast minor, icons, New testament | 1 Comment