Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Nashville, Tennessee - Priest Ordination

June 21, 2009

COLLEYVILLE, TX. June 21, 2009 -- On Sunday, June 21, 2009, the Nashville community was blessed with an ordination of a new priest, Fr. Pavli Ebrahim, as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by H.G. Bishop Serapion, some of the Diocese priests and the Nashville community. Fr. Pavli will be serving the congregation of St. Pishoy Coptic Orthodox Church. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Pavli wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service.

"The work of the priesthood is done on earth, but it is ranked among heavenly ordinances. And this is only right, for no man, no angel, no archangel, no other created power, but the Paraclete Himself ordained this succession, and persuaded men, while still remaining in the flesh to represent the ministry of angels."
- St. John Chrysostom, On the Priesthood