Sayings of the Early Church Fathers

عوننا باسم الرب الصانع السموات والأرض مزمور 124: 8

Our help is in the name of the Lord, 
Who made heaven and earth. 
Psalm 124: 8


لا تكن قلقاً ولا تيأس، لئلا يصير رجاؤك باطلاً
القديس يوحنا ذهبي الفم

Never be worried nor in despair
lest your hope becomes in vain. 
St. John Chrysostom

St. Bishoy’s Feast

A life of TRUE submission means living in complete obedience to the Holy Spirit. A person of TRUE submission accepts gladly whatever happens in their life and with thanksgiving, knowing that it was for their well being, whether in appearance or thought it is perceived as good or bad.

Anba Bishoy’s mother modeled submission during his childhood. An Angel of the Lord appeared to his humble mother and told her, “The Lord wants one of your sons to serve him forever,” and the angel pointed to young Bishoy. The mother asked the angel, “Can you please choose another, this son is the weakest of them all.” “He is weak,” the angel replied, “but the strength of the Lord will always be with him.” She then was submissive to the Angel of the Lord.

Sayings of Fathers

Sayings of Fathers
Turn us again, O Lord God of Hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” For wherever the soul of man turns itself, unless toward thee, it is enmeshed in sorrows

(St. Augustine)


من أقوال الأباء

يا إله الفضائل أملنا اليك وأرنا وجهك فنخلص، أجل
حيثما تتجه نفس الانسان تلق ألما الا اذا استقرت فيك

(القديس أغسطينوس)

Serve one another humbly in love

“Serve one another humbly in love” Galatians 5:13

Our Coptic Church was blessed by the idea and efforts of Archdeacon Habib Guirguis who started Sunday school and spiritual meetings at churches back in the last century with the help and support of great fathers and Councillors who dedicated their life to service. Since then, most churches are hosting wonderful programs for mostly all age groups. Teaching became abundantly available through books, CD’s and media which create a wonderful picture of the Church.

This picture could be completed when teaching matches behavior. The bible tells us “serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13. In other translations; “enslave yourself to one another” or “let love make you serve one another”. So, teaching should lead us to love and serve one another in meekness. There is no room for pride or showing off in the church as actions speak louder than words.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two” Matthew 5:41 as the first mile is out of the duty of humbleness and the second mile is out of the duty of love. At the end of days, all our deeds are going to be evaluated by how much love they have been done with. “Yes, says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” Revelations 14:13. Just wondering how many deeds may follow us to heaven!

By the Ascension of the Lord, we mean His bodily Ascension.

Ascension05Because in His divinity, He is everywhere, He does not ascend nor descend. Therefore, in the Liturgy of St. Gregory we say “And You ascended into the heavens in the body…” This ascension is evidence that His Glorified Body is not subject to the earth’s gravitational laws. It is also evidence of His Divinity. He ascended before His disciples as they were looking. This scene strengthened their faith because the Lord not only resurrected using His Divine power, but He also ascended into heaven in Fathernt of them.

In His ascension to Heaven, He did not leave His church alone on Earth.

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Chapel Construction Update – June 2014

Here are some of the new pictures taken showing the development with constructions of the Chapel. More to come…

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Posters of the New Church Concept Design signed by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II

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Mahragan Alkeraza’ 2013 Awards Ceremony – Sep 29, 2013

More than 580 participants from 9 Coptic Orthodox Churches across Ontario came together on SUN Sep 29th, 2013 at Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Mississauga to celeberate and distribute the Mahragan Awards to all participants.
Our beloved SMSJB Church participated as well with more than 50 participants from different groups in multiple activities declaring  “Yes! We’re coming to You O’Lord as You taught us this year throught the Mahragan 2013′ theme:
Come To Me
With the prayers and under the patronage of H.G. Bishop Mina, bishop of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada, the Coptic families of 580 participants came together to celebrate and receive with their kids the Mahragan awards.  G1 and G2 of our SMSJB Church got the first place in the Play and the second place in the Choir Performance.  In addition, G1 and G2 got the first place in Soccer.  G3 to G6 got the first place in the Play, second place in Choir Performance and the first place in Soccer.  G7 and G8 got the first place in the Play and the second place in the Choir Performance.
Thank You Lord for the great benefits we acquire from all the relevants activities.  God reward you all.

A Visionary Leader

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18

In the old days, God led Adam and Eve out of the garden in order not to let them eat from the tree of life and live forever as evil people. It was a sad scene, but God had a vision to save them when He said: “The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent” Genesis 3:15

God as a true Leader chose Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua and many others throughout generations to guide His people. In the book of Numbers, God used to lead His people as a pillar of clouds by day and a pillar of fire by night. He sent His commandments to act as binding by-laws to guide us through our daily struggles. In the last days, He manifested Himself to us through His Only Begotten Son, Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ “St. Basil Liturgy”

He came to our earth not only to reveal Himself or to perform miracles, but with a vision to redeem us. Warren Bennis said: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality”. That was truly seen in our Lord Jesus Christ when He made salvation a reality and paradise open again. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.

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