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The Nauruz and Christian Testimony
Written by H.G. Bishop Youssef   
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The word 'Nauruz' is a Persian derivative from the second century AD. It literally means new day, from nau new + ruz. The Persian New Year's day is celebrated at the astronomical vernal equinox as a day of great festivity since it marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.

On September 11, our Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates the Nauruz (El Nayrooz) feast, the beginning of the Coptic New Year, in which we commemorate our fathers the martyrs who have shed their blood an offering on the altar of love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Martyrdom is the highest degree of testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ whereby a martyr accepts to shed his blood for the sake of proclaiming the right faith and testifying to his Savior who had shed His blood on the cross out of love for us. So, martyrdom is the most sublime application of the Lord's command to His disciples and us saying, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8).

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 September 2015 )
Family Roster
Written by Website Admin   
Saturday, 30 July 2011

To all Adults:

Please take the time to fill out the Family Roster for your household for Church records.  Only registered users will be allowed to fill out the form.  If you are not a registered user, please register and add the information by going to Your Details page  and then click Edit and select Update Your Profile.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 May 2015 )