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We are glad that you have chosen to take a few moments looking around, exploring our faith and discovering the St. Mark's family. We hope that you find our website helpful and easy to use.
While browsing, you will get a glimpse of what we are all about, but only a glimpse. You will learn about our faith, family and ministries - but to fully experience and understand our orthodox tradition, we welcome you to join us in person.
The orthodox faith is deep rooted in the Christian tradition, and has been passed down from generation to generation - beginning with Christ himself, and through the apostles to us today.
We strive to apply this ancient faith to our lives in a practical and real way. Please join us and experience the fellowship that comes when we spend time together with the Lord.
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
St. Matthew: 18:20
The Coptic Orthodox Church was founded by St. Mark the Evangelist in about 48 AD when he came to Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Apostolic churches in the world. The Coptic Orthodox Church (which is also known as the Church of Alexandria) is mentioned in the canons of the Nicean Ecumenical Council of 325 AD as being one of the four ancient apostolic churches. The other churches being: the church of Jerusalem, the church of Rome, and the church of Antioch.
St. Mark is one of the seventy disciples (Luke 10:1). St. Mark's Gospel is the oldest of the four Gospels in the Holy Bible. He started writing his Gospel in Rome and completed it in Egypt. It was in his house that Our Lord Jesus Christ had The Last Supper and where the disciples used to gather for prayer after the resurrection. The Pentecost also took place there (Acts 2:1). St. Mark was martyred for his faith in Egypt in May 7th, 68 AD and his feast is celebrated by the Copts on the 8th of May of each year.
The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church is called the Pope and is considered to be the successor of St. Mark the Evangelist. The clergy is composed of bishops, priests and deacons. The Coptic Church also has several Coptic monasteries and convents both in Egypt and outside of it.