"Now therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone."
Through this foundation of the apostles and prophets flow the Holy Scripture and all doctrine bringing forth a strong, Holy Spirit-filled, spiritual building which is the body of our Lord Jesus Christ with Him being the Corner Stone and a part of this united gift.
The Southern Diocese's "Questions & Answers" Web site has been designed to help you become that strong, Holy Spirit-filled, spiritual building. Therefore, any questions concerning spiritual struggles and spiritual issues such as repentance, prayer, fasting, and participation in the sacramental life of the church are for this website to provide help with.
"O Gracious Master, infuse in our hearts the spotless light of Thy Divine Wisdom and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the teachings of Thy Gospels."
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- I was born into a Muslim family, but I never really felt any sort of connection to my parents' faith and I stopped practicing about eight years ago. I recently met a Coptic Egyptian man who introduced me to Christianity and started my newfound desire for spiritual enlightenment. I began to read a few books about Christianity written by Muslim converts and they changed the way that I view God. I am currently in the beginning phases of starting an Orthodox Study bible that I purchased online, but I still feel like there is a large part of the religion that I am missing because I do not belong to a Church.
Hearing the amazing experiences that my friend has had having grown-up in the Coptic Church has really intrigued my interests. Having also been raised in an Arab home, I feel that I would feel the most comfortable in a community that also shares my cultural background. My question is how can I learn more about the teachings and rituals of the Church? I have tried to look online, but have not found much information. Further, how does one start the process of joining the Coptic Church? (Added 08/31/2016)
- What is the Church's stand on a woman who loses her virginity due to other factors other than being with a man, for example, masturbation, medical examinations, incorrectly inserting a tampon, etc.? While some reasons are a sin, others are of no fault of her own. Does that mean she cannot get married in the church? Does she have to let her future husband know beforehand? (Added 08/31/2016)
- How can I answer our youth when they ask why do we offer our specific oblations with a certain shape and symbols? What do these symbols mean? Why can it not be any loaf of bread? (Added 08/31/2016)
- I saw many Coptic social media pages post a commemoration of a saint that is not in the Synaxarion (St. Philomena).
Where does our Coptic Orthodox Church stand on the canonization of saints? Is she a canonized saint in the Coptic Orthodox Church? Can the Synaxarion be considered a full list of canonized saints or what other sources should be relied upon? (Added 08/31/2016)
- Why does the wine (that later turns into the blood of Christ) in which we partake during Holy Communion have a percentage of alcohol in it? Why does it have to be wine, why not grape juice? I know the wine the Church uses has a small alcoholic percentage. So why do we not just use alcohol-free wine since this is better for infants anyway? (Added 08/31/2016)
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