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On the 29th of June the youth of St Mark's church embarked on a trip to a small village in the south west of Bosnia called Medjugorje.

Some may think that this is a strange destination and they would not be far from the truth, but as the youth discovered over the duration of the weekend, it doesn't take a big place for God to do big things.

Before the early 80's Medjugorje was a small farming town until 6 children were miraculously visited by the Virgin Mary on a number of occasions. These apportions still continue till today, which has transformed this small town into a center for Christian pilgrims.

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Once a retreat was arranged for the servants in the church of St. Peter, the Seal of the Martyrs, in Alexandria. The church at the time was still in the beginning of its development and it was expected that there would be some 80 servants on this retreat day in the church. However many servants did not come, and the numbers were no higher than 30 servants.

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Seven set off to Milan on the 1st June 2007 to share our Love for the Lord with our Italian brothers and sisters in the Coptic churches in Milan.

The university mtg of St. Mark had quickly planned this and we didn't really think it would actually happen yet here we were. We arrived in a country not too far away from our own yet not able to communicate or get around, so we relied on God who bought us here.

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In one of the winter evenings in 1969 Father Bishoy Kamel went home late (as usual) and he was accompanied by one of his spiritual sons. This young man could not afford new clothes and appeared cold because of the cold weather.

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Father Bishoy Kamel use to always take a particular route from his house to the church on foot and there was a boy (who was not Christian) who lived in one of the houses he would pass on the way to church. This boy would always shout words of insult at Father Bishoy and mock him from the balcony and often he would add to his insults by throwing orange peel at Father Bishoy.

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The Lord said, “Most assuredly I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” Jn 10:1, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out, and find pasture” Jn 10:9. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” Jn 14:6. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” Jn 15:5.

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From a historical perspective 

The word ‘Nayrouz’ is a Persian term meaning, "The beginning of the year" and it was adopted for the feast of the martyrs.

The Copts used the word Nayrouz to denote the start of the Coptic Year. Historians and Christian writers dating back to the 5th Century AD have documented the great persecutions which Christians faced from the pagans following the Jewish persecutions. From the dawn of Christianity until the 4th Century AD, Christians have faced persecution after persecution until paganism represented in the Roman Empire finally raised the banner of the Cross.

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Despite having presented his body as the ultimate sacrifce of faith and love for God many centuries ago and gained the title of the prince of the martyrs and was rewarded with seven heavenily crowns, yet Saint George still labours for the glory of God to this day with us who continue in our struggle on this earth. Please find below a wonderful story which was relayed from a first hand source of a miracle done by St. George and St. Mina.

Glory be to God in his saints.

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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