Our Faith

The Coptic Orthodox faith has been passed down without interruption and without change since the early days of St. Mark the Evangelist in the first century.

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History

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, who, as the doxology says, came and enlightened us through the Holy Gospel.

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Dogmas

Dogmas are the interpretation of our experience of God, in the Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus Christ. This experience throughout the ages does not alter, for our Lord Jesus Christ remains the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:18). The disciples and apostles (and bishops afterwards) did not sit around a table and agree to teach new dogmas, but rather they preached their Christian experience.

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“Orthodoxy is what Christ taught, the disciples preached, and the fathers kept”

— St. Athanasius
(20th Pope of Alexandria and author of the Orthodox Creed)

Clergy