This is the official page for Saint Mary & Saint Joseph's Church in Brisbane. The first Coptic Orthodox Parish in Queensland, Australia. Established 1986.
Instagram: stmarystjosephchurch Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-551970605 LITURGIES + Sunday (Coptic, English, Arabic) 8:00-11:00am + Saturday (English) 8-10am VESPERS + Saturday 6.30-7pm TASBEHA - PSALMODY PRAISES + Saturday 7-8.30pm ------------------------------------------ DONATIONS Acc Name: St. Mary & St. Joseph's Coptic Orthodox Church Bsb: 064173 Acc no: 01433948 Commonwealth bank
Mission: To understand truth & the meaning of life
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Pope Shenouda's Words in English
"Give from your heart before you give from your hand"
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Our holy father and teacher Saint Dioscorus was the 25th Pope and Patriarch and Alexandria and is known in Oriental Orthodox tradition as the defender, lamp, and champion of Orthodoxy.
He was born in Alexandria and was educated in its theological school. He became the personal secretary of Pope Cyril of Alexandria. He accompanied St Cyril to the Third Ecumenical Council, held at Ephesus in 431, where Cyril presided in the condemnation of Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople. After St Cyril departed, St Dioscorus was enthroned as his successor and lived in peace for 5 years.
When St Dioscorus saw that Leo, Patriarch of Rome, was teaching that Christ has two natures and two wills after the Union, he took the charge to refute this new belief. He stated that our Lord Jesus Christ is one, He who was invited to the wedding as a man and changed the water into wine as a God, and that the two natures were not separated in all of His works. Quoting Pope Cyril, he said, "The Hypostatic Union of the Word of God with the flesh is like the union of the soul with the body and like the union of fire and iron: even as they are of two different natures, by their union they became one. Likewise, our Lord Christ is one Messiah, one Lord, and one Nature." None of those who were gathered at that assembly dared to contradict him. Among them were some who had attended the Council of Ephesus, which had been convened against Nestorius. Some informed the Emperor Marcian and the Empress Pulcheria that no one disobeyed their commands concerning the faith except Dioscorus, Patriarch of the City of Alexandria. They brought St. Dioscorus, and the leading bishops of the Council who debated and discussed the matter till it was evening, but St. Dioscorus would not deviate from his Orthodox belief and the teachings of the Church fathers. The emperor and empress were irritated at this, and the empress commanded to smite St. Dioscorus on his mouth, and to pluck out the hair of his beard. He took the hair and the teeth that were knocked out and sent them to Alexandria saying, "This is the fruit of Faith."
St Dioscorus was exiled to the island of Gangra and received the crown of martyrdom on September 17, 454. May His prayers and blessings be with us all, Amen.
Today the 11th September is the Coptic, Ethiopian, and Eritrean New Year's day and we wish you all a blessed year of the martyrs. Every day is a new beginning, and we thank God for new beginnings. Here is a prayer of Pope Shenouda for the New Year. You can find it, together with other prayers, poems and sayings, in his book 'A Whisper of Love' available from gumroad.com/copticriches. It is still only $1.
"Grant that it be, O Lord, a blessed year;
a pure year in which we please You,
a year in which You dwell by Your Spirit
and share in the work with us.
Take our hands and lead our thoughts
from the year's beginning till its end,
that the year may be Yours,
and that You find rest in it.
It is a new, pure year-
permit us not to stain it by any sin or defilement
that we may rejoice in all that You do
and say with John the Evangelist,
'All things were made through Him,
and without Him nothing was made that was made'.
Let it be, O Lord, a happy year:
put a smile on every face and rejoice every heart.
Intervene by Your Grace in afflictions:
give help to the afflicted,
grant all peace and comfort,
grant good things to the needy,
healing to the sick,
and comfort to the grieving.
We ask not for ourselves alone
but we ask for all, for they are Yours.
We pray for the Church,
for the preaching of Your Gospel
and for Your word,
that they may reach every heart.
We pray for our Country,
and for the peace of the world,
that Your Kingdom may come in every place.
Let it be, O Lord, a fruitful year, full of goodness:
let each hour in it have its achievement.
Permit not a single moment of it to be wasted,
but fill it with activeness,
work and productivity.
Grant us the blessing of the fruitful and holy toil.
Grant us the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
in all we do.
We thank You, Lord, for giving us life
until this moment
and for granting us this year,
that we may bless You in it.
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Feast of the Coptic New Year 🙏
أعروس الفادي القبطية .... وضياء بلادي المصرية
Dearest beloved congregation, Saint Mary and Saint Joseph's Coptic Orthodox Church ⛪wishes you all and your families a blessed Coptic New Year 🎉🎉⠀
"The blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church." - Tertullian ⠀
Even as early as the third century, a quote attributed to Tertullian declared, "If the martyrs of the whole world were put on one arm of the balance and the martyrs of Egypt on the other, the balance would tilt in favour of the Egyptians."⠀
Nayrouz is a feast when martyrs and confessors are commemorated within the Coptic Orthodox Church. Celebrated on September 11, the day is both the start of the Coptic new year and its first month, Thout.⠀
When Diocletian became Roman emperor in 284 AD he relentlessly tortured and executed Christians to force them to deny their faith, especially in Egypt. It is believed this time was one of the worst periods of persecution faced by the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, known to believers as "the era of martyrdom". Hence, the Coptic year is identified from the beginning of Diocletian's reign by the abbreviation A.M. (for Anno Martyrum or "Year of the Martyrs")
Saint Mary and Saint Joseph's Parish wish each and everyone of you a happy and blessed fathers day!
We are very thankful for all of our community's fathers 🙏 and most of all, we are thankful to the Father of us all, our loving God.
No one can have God for his Father, who does not have the Church for his mother. Saint Cyprian
9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
St Mary & St Anthony's Coptic Orthodox Monastery - QLD, Australia
When people are empty of Christ, a thousand and one other things come and fill them up - jealousy, hatred, boredom, resentment.
Try to fill your soul with Christ so it’s not empty.”
- St Porphyrios
On this day, the great hermit and the blessed St. Takla Haymanot, the Ethiopian, departed. He was born in a village nearby Jerusalem which was the share of Zadok and Abia-thar the priests during the reign of King Solomon, son of King David. Zadok begot Azariah, Azariah begot Zadok, who was named after his grandfather, and Zadok begot Levi, and so forth till the father of this saint was born. His name was Tsega Ze-Ab (which means the Grace of the Father) and he married a woman whose name was Sarah. They were righteous, God fearing and very rich. They always celebrated the commemoration of the honorable Archangel Michael on the twelfth day of each Coptic month, and gave alms to the poor and the needy. Sarah, the mother of this saint, was very beautiful, meek and adorned with many virtues, hence they called her "Egezi-Hareya" (i.e. God has chosen her). However, She and her husband were bitter and sad because they did not have any children. She went daily to the church imploring God to give her a child that would delight her heart. Her husband also went to the church at the time of the offering of the incense and taught the congregation the fundamentals of faith. Every time he went to the church he took from his own money an offering to the house of God. They both agreed to disperse their money to the poor, the needy, the monasteries and the churches.
Meanwhile the king died, and another king reigned who worshipped the idols. The new king demolished the churches and built pagan temples. He was unjust and he plundered and captured women, among them "Egezi-Hareya", the mother of St. Takla. Later she returned safely to her husband and both glorified God and praised His Holy Name. Afterwards, the angel of the Lord appeared to them in a vision at night, and announced to them the birth of this saint. When the saint was about one and half years old, a famine befell Ethiopia. When the twelfth day of the blessed month of Baramhat, the commemoration of the honorable head of the Heavenly hosts, drew near, Sarah, the mother of the child, was crying because she was not able to celebrate this occasion. The child wiped away her tears with his little hands and yet he was still unable to talk. He pointed to her to carry him to where there was a plate with a little flour in it. She took him to the plate where he dipped his hand in the flour. The flour increased until it was pouring onto the floor. She brought baskets and every time she emptied the plate, it became full again, until she had filled twelve baskets. His mother then knew that God was with the child. Then she brought to him the empty container of oil. He placed his hand over it and it was filled with the power of God. In the same fashion, other containers in the house were filled. When Tsega Ze-Ab, the father of the child, returned from the church and knew what happened, he glorified God. They celebrated the commemoration of the archangel Michael, fed the poor and all the neighbors.
God honored this saint with many miracles that he performed during his life and also after his departure. When St. Takla Haymanot completed his good strife, he departed in peace.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Bishop Daniel of Sydney
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Christ is Risen, Truly He is Risen
With great sorrow a true father dearest to my heart reposed today, words are not capable of describing my love to this amazing father and how dearly he will be missed.
May the Lord repose his soul in the Heavenly Jerusalem in the bosom of our Holy fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and May He grant peace and comfort to his family.
May you remember us, our dearest father before the Thorne of God that He may have mercy on our wretched souls and grant us the forgiveness of our sins.
The Art of Orthodoxy
Happy assumption feast!
On this day, 16 Misra (August 22), was the assumption of the body of our pure Lady Saint Mary, the Mother of God. August 22 also marks the end of the fast of Saint Mary, and is a big feast day. Following the repose of the mother of God, the disciples of Christ shrouded her pure body and carried it to Gethsemane. On their way, some of the Jews blocked the way in the face of the disciples to prevent the burial. One of them seized the coffin. His hands were separated from his body, and remained hanging until he believed and repented for his mischievous deed.
With the prayers of the holy disciples, his hands were reattached to his body as they had been before. Saint Thomas was absent at the time of Saint Mary’s departure, but he came after the burial. On his way back to Jerusalem, Saint Thomas saw angels carrying Saint Mary’s pure body and ascending with it to heaven, and one of the angels said to him, “Hurry and kiss the pure body of Saint Mary.” When he arrived to the disciples, they informed him about Saint Mary’s departure. He told them, “I will not believe, unless I see her body, as you all know how I did doubt the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ before.”
They took him to the tomb, to uncover the body but they did not find it, and they were perplexed and amazed. Saint Thomas told them how he saw the pure body ascending to heaven, carried by angels. The Holy Spirit then told them, “The Lord did not Will to leave Her Holy body on earth.” The Lord had promised his pure apostles that they would see her in flesh another time. They were waiting for the fulfillment of this truthful promise, until the sixteenth day of the month of Misra, when the promise of seeing her was fulfilled. They saw her sitting on the right hand of her Son and her Lord, surrounded by the angelic Host, as David prophesied and said, “At your right hand stands the queen” (Psalm 45:9).
Saint Mary’s life on earth was sixty years. She was 12 years old when she left the temple (she stayed in the Temple 9 years), then spent 34 years in the house of the righteous Saint Joseph, and spent 14 years in the care of Saint John the Evangelist, as the Lord commanded her saying, “Woman behold your Son,” and to Saint John, “Behold your Mother.
Rejoice O Mother of God, Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ 🙏 @ Second Heaven
Christ conquered the devil with the same weapons the devil used against us; a virgin, a tree and death. These tokens of our demise have now become the tokens of our victory. Instead of Eve, there is Mary; instead of the tree of knowledge, there is the wood of the Cross; and instead of Adam's death, there is the death of Christ.
Saint John Chrysostom
On this day we commemorate the departure of the pure saint Marina the nun (8th century) and the saintly archdeacon Habib Girgis (20th century). May their prayers and blessings be with us all. Amen 🙏
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Jesus Transfigured on the Mount⠀
2 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 4 And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”— 6 because he did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid.⠀
7 And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” 8 Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.⠀
9 Now as they came down from the mountain, He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept this word to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.⠀
11 And they asked Him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”⠀
12 Then He answered and told them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things. And how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13 But I say to you that Elijah has also come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him.” ⠀
لحن فاى بيفليمين عربى ... هذه هى صورة والدة الاله 😍❤❤
ابونا القمص ابرام الابنوبى😍❤
المعلم صابر رمزى و المعلم ايليا عطية 😍❤
بعزف دف نحاس من طاكسيس ❤❤
لمشاهدة و تحميل اللحن بجودة فائقة الجودة من هنا 👇👇
"ولد بغير ألم من العذراء" .. تفسير نيافة الأنبا رافائيل لهذا الجزء من ثيؤطوكية يوم الخميس
من برنامج #بستان_العقيدة مع #هبه_كميل
وضيف الحلقة نيافة الحبر الجليل #الأنبا_رافائيل "أسقف عام كنائس وسط القاهرة"
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Introduction hymn for glorification praises 🎶
Blessed are you indeed, with your Good Father, and the Holy Spirit, for you have risen and saved us.
You are the honourable Mother of light. Everywhere under the sun, people offer you glorification, the Mother of God (Theotokos), the second heaven 🙏
A blessed fast of Saint Mary to you all‼️
+++ Doxology for Saint Joseph the Carpenter +++
The Lord chose Joseph, with a heavenly sign, to take care of the Virgin, in his house.
+ A dove appeared, and rested on his rod, so Zachariah the priest, gave her to him.
Joseph doubted, her virginity, the angel announced to him, "O Joseph son of David.
+ Do not fear, to take Mary as your wife, for the One whom she bears, is of the Holy Spirit."
Mary is the treasure, that Joseph brought, and he found the jewel, that was hidden within.
+ Joseph the righteous came, with Mary the Mother of Christ, fulfilling the Law for the sake, of the Child the Savior Jesus.
Mary the Virgin, and Joseph and Salome, were greatly amazed, with what they saw.
+ Pray to the Lord on our behalf, O great saint, Abba Joseph the righteous, that He may forgive us our sins.
LITURGIES + Sunday (Coptic, English, Arabic) 8:00-10.45am + Saturday (English) 8-10am VESPERS + Saturday 6.30-7pm PSALMODY PRAISES (TASBEHA) + Saturday 7-8.30pm ------------------------------------------ If you would like to donate:
ACCOUNT NAME Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Sydney and Affiliated Regions - St Mary and St Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church
The Church Building Account: Commonwealth bank BSB: 062199 ACCOUNT: 10578123 Note: These donations are tax-deductible - please contact our Church Treasurer for a tax receipt.
The Church General Account: BSB: 064173 ACCOUNT: 10433948
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