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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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Learn the historical and theological background for this hymn, and its personal and liturgical significance for all of us. 

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I am Nineveh that great city. Come let me tell you about myself, and my lands and my people. Come let me tell you how I was and what I have become. Come let me tell you, for you can become one of my people, dressed in glory as they are and honoured with them. Come closer to me and I will tell you how I was naked and we were smothered with blood, the blood of sin... I and my people we did not just taste sin but we drank it and drowned in it.

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In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.

The Feast of the Nayrouz means the feast of commemorating the martyrs and we do not commemorate the martyrs once a year, but it is as if we commemorate them every day. If those amongst you read the Synaxarium you will find that every day it says, "In this day the Church commemorates..." and inevitably they contain a number of martyrs.

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Do we sometimes feel that God has abandoned us? That His plans for us have gone awry? In the following poem, I beleive God wants to speak His care for us and His desire to free us from despair. Read the scriptural passages given and note your feelings as to what Our Loving God and Father is saying to us in them.

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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