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Art in Heaven 2010


On February 6, St. George and St. Shenouda’s Coptic Orthodox Church hosted the Art In Heaven Gallery at the historic Loew’s Theatre in Jersey City. Nearly 185 patrons attended the event, supported by about 30 participating artists. The gallery boasted over 70 pieces of art, from which 51 pieces were sold to the highest bidder via a silent auction. The event raised $10,157.57, which will go directly towards the building of a new church for the congregation. We would like to thank the artists for their contributions, the servants for their tireless efforts, and the attendees for their generous donations. May God give everyone their reward and grant them the heavenly instead of the earthly and the eternal instead of the temporal. May He also complete for us our New Building Project according to His will and plan. Thank you!

Full Album of Pics @ StShenoudaJC.org

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iCoptic – iPhone App


Source: http://copticlibrary.net/icoptic.htm

CopticLibrary.net is proud to present ‘iCoptic’ – your spiritual resource on your iPhone and iPod touch.

iCoptic

Meditate on the daily liturgical readings of the Coptic Orthodox Church from the Katamerous (lectionary), Synexarium (lives of the saints), pray from the Agpeya (book of hours) and read the Holy Bible. No internet connection is necessary as all the readings are on your device!!

iCoptic App Demo Video

iCoptic Features:

  • ‘Today’ tab features the liturgical readings of the day including Vespers, Matins, Pauline, Catholic, Acts, & Gospel. You may also read ahead or if you missed yesterday’s reading, you may catch up! The corresponding season and hymn tune of the Church is also displayed along with the Gregorian and Coptic dates.
  • ‘Katamerous’ tab allows you to pick any day of the year (Coptic or Gregorian calendars) and it will view the readings for that specific day. Years (1971-2038) supported in the Gregorian calendar and years (1688-1752) supported in the Coptic Calendar.
  • ‘Synexarium’ tab allows you to read the lives of the Saints for that day. You may skip ahead or check yesterday’s reading as well. A search feature is also available in this section.
  • ‘Agpeya’ tab allows you to view the entire book of hours. You may view the complete hour at once or choose a specific pslam to pray. All readings are in modern day English.
  • ‘Bible’ tab allows you to read any book in the Bible including the Second Canonical Books! All readings are in modern day English except for the Second Canonical Books.

iCoptic in the App store

iCoptic: Version 1.0
iCoptic ver 1.0 has been released and may be found in the app store. Please note, all proceeds go into the development of this app and future applications and/or projects.

Coptic Agpeya – Android App


Source:  http://coptic-android.blogspot.com/

Newly released Coptic Agpeya App, the first Coptic App for Android.

It contains the complete Agpeya (Coptic Orthodox Book of Hours) for you to use when your are on the go. They would be happy to receive feature requests, bug reports (via csshenouda@googlemail.com).

Planned Features:

  • Improved text formatting
  • add French, German, etc…
  • more liturgical books

You can get it from the Android Market!

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The Martyrs of Nag Hammadi


On January 7, 2010, after Christmas Eve liturgy, eight Coptic Orthodox Christians were murdered as they exited the church in Nag Hammadi, Egypt.  Three gunmen opened fire on the parishioners as they were coming out of church; the youngest was only 17. In addition to the deaths of the eight, several others were injured and remain in critical condition. The following day brought more destruction. Numerous homes and businesses were set ablaze leaving many homeless or without a livelihood.

Sadly, this is ONLY the latest round of violence in Egypt against Christians including many incidents of looting, murder, and arson. As reported in the press, these acts, though continuous throughout history, have escalated in the recent years.

May God protect His church and His people.

Fr. Thomas Nashed’s Welcome Reception


St. George & St. Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church of Jersey City, NJ

extends an invitation to everyone to share in celebrating

The Reception of

Fr. Thomas Nashed

Friday, December 25, 2009 at 7:00pm in Bethany Building (861 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306)

Fr. Thomas Nashed’s First Liturgy


Fr. Thomas Nashed officiated his first liturgy at St. Bishoy Monastery in Egypt.  Here are some pics of his first liturgy.