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On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as "Passion Sunday," marks the beginning of holy week, which concludes on Easter Sunday.

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The great lent for us is a great time, and the most important fast in our Coptic year. However, not all of us know the details of the Great Lent. Some of us just fast and pray, without knowing why. The great lent is the six week duration before Palm Sunday. Every Sunday, we discuss an important point and lesson that we can try to apply to our lives. Most of the messages are found in the gospels of Matthew and John.

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The annunciation is an important feast in the Coptic Orthodox Church. It in fact is the first of the seven major feasts of the Lord; which are:

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Repentance in the Father’s bosom (Luke 15:11-32)‎

Repentance in Christianity is different from any other ‎repentance; it is the return of the son to his Father and the Father ‎running to fall on the neck of His son to embrace him and kiss him.

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Serving in Kenya this year made me fall in love with my Lord Jesus Christ. My story doesn't really involve any drastic lifestyle change; I've always been going to church. However, it was an opportunity for God, with whom I had always thought I had a 'relationship,' finally got proper access to my heart for the first time.

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While reading a book recently, I was touched that the author, a Coptic Bishop (Bishop Isaac), should write a book about a Russian saint. Orthodoxy is universal and rich. What was interesting too was that the Russian saint saw the Egyptian desert fathers as his role model. The roots of the orthodox tree are truly intertwined.

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In the woods surrounding the Sea of Galilee on the edge of a hill, three young trees stood together dreaming about what they would become in the future. The first tree said to the others, “One day I wish to be made into the finest treasure box to house the greatest treasures of the earth; gold, diamonds, and precious gemstones of all kinds.”

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It is amazing how we sometimes in our reading of scripture pass by words and verses which convey themselves with such simplicity of flow and meaning, yet when we spiritually contemplate on those very words and verses we are stopped in our mental tracks. For our hearts and our minds are left gazing at the most amazing wonders ordained by God. In the end we are left praising with King David saying, "The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple." Ps 119:130 and "I have seen the consummation of all perfection, but your commandments are very broad" Ps 119:96.

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St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in London is one of the oldest Coptic churches in the lands of the immigration, and one of the first to be supported and cared for by our beloved patriarch, HH the late Pope Shenouda III.

  • St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church
    Allen Street, Kensington
    London W8 6UX