“LORD, I HAVE LOVED THE HABITATION OF THY HOUSE, AND THE PLACE WHERE THINE HONOUR DWELLETH.”

Our Church

Orthodoxy

ornament1 St. Athanasius, a defender of faith and the 20th Pope of Alexandria says “Orthodoxy is what Christ taught, the disciples preached, and the fathers kept”. The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest churches in the world, dating back to the early years of Christ. It spread through the lands of Egypt by the teachings of St. Mark the Evangelist and author of the Gospel that bears his name, who as the doxology says, “came and enlightened us through the Holy Gospel.”

Ministeries

ornament1St. Gregory of Nazianzus says that the Lord has no need of my servitude but rather I have need of His Lordship. Nevertheless, our Lord Jesus Christ came to serve and not be served. Our Lord teaches us that whatever we do for man, we do for Him.

Our Patron Saint

ornament1 St. Thomas the Hermit was born in a village called Shenshif (north Ekhmim – Upper Egypt) of two pious parents who raised him in the fear of God. They brought him up well in all godliness and raised him in the Christian tradition. He led a quiet, peaceable life renouncing the vanities of the world and its lusts. Since his youth, he perceived that the world is passing away and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever [1 John 2:17]. Therefore he longed for monasticism and dedicated his life in constant prayer and contemplation.

Ministries

The Eucharist – The Medicine of Immortality

St. Ignatius, a disciple of St. John the Apostle speaks of the Eucharist as the medicine of immortality, and the antidote that prevents us from dying. Our Lord Jesus Christ again shows us that His Holy Body and Precious Blood are what grants eternal life and prevention of death. As an Orthodox Church, we holdfast and believe that through the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine are transformed into the true Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

In the Book of Acts, we see the account of the selection of St. Stephen, “a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit”. St. Stephen selected along with six others based upon his reputation and that he was a man full of faith. Likewise, we too should strive to emulate Christ. The Diaconate is one of the pillars of the Coptic Orthodox Church, with its beautiful hymns and rites.

St. Habib Girges – A Pioneer of Education

St. Habib Girges, a renowned educator and pioneer of the Sunday School movement in the 20th century famously said “Education is the first need for the community after bread”. As an Archdeacon, St. Habib Girges developed many resources and materials to bring the Church of Alexandria into a new era of education leading to a deeper relationship with God. It is through the efforts of St. Habib Girges that Sunday School in Egypt and in the lands of immigration has been transformed to foster a deeper, more profound relationship with God, through education.

A church without youth is a church without a future

His Holiness Pope Shenouda of Thrice-Blessed memory often stressed the importance of youth in the church when he would say “A church without youth is a church without a future. And youth without the church is youth without a future”. Pope Shenouda in his abundant wisdom demonstrated the powerful place the church has in the hearts of the youth. The church is more than a place but a home that welcomes the youth. The youth meeting at St. Thomas provides various speakers and discussions that pertain to aspects of our current time and how these topics can be dealt with through a spiritual way, being guided by the Holy Spirit.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom”

Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us that in everything we do, we do for Him. He set for us the true example of love when He washed the disciple’s feet and served them. As part of the community, St. Thomas the Hermit Coptic Orthodox Church strives to be an active member in serving the homeless, the needy, the sick, and the less fortunate. We have many service opportunities such as service trips, feeding the homeless, and visiting the sick. We are reminded that in each of these opportunities we are visiting and serving Christ Himself.

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From the Fathers

Abba Moses

"Sit in thy cell and thy cell will teach thee all."

Abba Apollo

"There was in the cells an old man called Apollo. If someone came to find him about doing a piece of work, he would set out joyfully, saying, 'I am going to work with Christ today, for the salvation of my soul, for that is the reward he gives.'"

Abba Elias

"What can sin do where there is penitence? And of what use is love where there is pride?"

St. Basil the Great

"The true fast is that in which sins, anger, tongue, and instincts are under control."

St. John Chrysostom

"If we always see God in our minds, and always remember Him, everything will appear tolerable to us"

St. Issac the Syrian

"He who knows sin is higher than the man who resurrects the dead"

Abba Antony the Great

“This is the great work of man: always to take the blame for his own sins before God and to expect temptation to his last breath.”

Abba Arsenius

"I have often repented of having spoken, but never of having been silent"

St. Cyril of Alexandria

"A Christian is the one who looks and finds Christ everywhere."