Statement from the Archdiocese of Toronto concerning the destruction of the building of St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, B.C

 

Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate , Archidiocese Of Greater Toronto, Assemply Of Archidiocese Priests

Statement from the Archdiocese of Toronto concerning the destruction of the building of St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, B.C

Toronto July 21,2021

Peace to you and grace. The clergy and congregations of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Coptic Orthodox Churches prayerfully stand in solidarity with the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver, and Western Canada and H.G. Bishop Mina as we grieve the destruction of St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, B.C. The amassing images of this tragedy as the church burnt down broke our hearts. It was only a few days prior to the complete destruction of the church building that we witnessed an arsonist attempting to burn the building. As the investigation of this tragic loss continues, we encourage the authorities to take swift action against anyone who is implicated in destroying this place of worship. Our comfort came as we saw the congregation of St. George Coptic Orthodox Church of Surrey praising God and promising to remain strong even in the midst of this crisis. We pray together, as one body in Christ, for every community across Canada to remain safe from any harm.

 

Service Booking

Dear St. Philopateer and St. Demiana Congregation.

 

Because of COVID-19 gathering limitation. All church services reduced to very limited number and by booking only. To book your service please follow the following link.

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St. Philopateer Mercurius (Abu Sefein)
  • Philopateer was born in 225 A.D. of pagan parents in the city of Eskentos in Cappadocia in Eastern Asia Minor (a region of the ancient world that corresponds to modern day Turkey).
  • The name Philopateer is a greek word that means lover of the father. (Pateer = father, Philo = love).
The conversion of his family to Christianity
  • His family used to live on hunting wild animals. One day his father Yares, along with his grandfather, were hunting in the forest when they were attacked by a wild beast. The animal jumped on the grandfather, and that scared Yares so much that he fainted.
  • While he was unconscious, he had a vision: he saw a brilliant light and heard a voice saying, “Yares, I am your God who loves you. I know that you have a good heart and that you hate the pagan idols. I want to inform you that your son Philopateer will become like a tree bearing good fruits, and because of him, I will bless you and your wife. Philopateer will be my witness and will defy all prejudice in my name.”
  • Shortly after, Yares, his wife and his son were baptized and they were given new names. Yares became Noah, his wife became Saphina and Philopateer became Mercurius. The news of their baptism spread quickly in the city and the prince ordered them to be arrested and thrown to the wild animals. But the Lord, who shut the mouths of the lions at the time of Daniel, tamed the wild animals and they did not harm them. The prince and his soldiers were astonished and decided to release Yares and his family.

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St. Demiana
A man named Marcos lived in Egypt toward the end of the third century. Marcos was the ruler of several districts in Egypt and Marcos had only one daughter, who he called Demiana. Saint Demiana was very beautiful both from within and without. Saint Demianas beauty and good character were legendary. Marcos loved his daughter deeply, and he did his best to raise her in a true Christian manner.

Saint Demiana loved God, loved to pray, and loved to read the Holy Books in the seclusion of her room. In fact, Saint Demiana often cried while praying because she felt the love of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ filling her heart.

When Saint Demiana was old enough, her father wanted her to get married to one of his noble friends. However, Saint Demiana refused because she gave herself up as a bride to the Lord Jesus Christ, and she intended to live without marriage all her life. Saint Demiana did not want to marry because she wanted to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Saint Demiana asked her father to build a house for her on the outskirts of the city so that she could live in it as a nun. Saint Demiana wanted a house far away from the city so that she could live away from the world and its temptations.

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Daily Verse

Deuteronomy 8:17-18

Beware lest you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.' You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

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