Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States is composed of 51 priests serving the 38 churches and 28 Coptic communities. More

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The Season of the Church

The Nativity Fast

Nov 26, 2015 - Jan 6, 2016
Hathor 16 - Koiahk 27, 1732

Today's Readings

November 28, 2015
Hathor 18, 1732

How, then, was He manifested to the world? A star shone forth in heaven above all the other stars. The light from this star was inexpressible, and its uniqueness struck men with astonishment.
Ignatius (c. 105, E), 1.57



Introduction to the Readings of the Coptic New Year
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Coptic New Year Program
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Old Testament Chart

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El Karaza Article

The Clasps and Loops

When God ordered Moses to make the Tabernacle and Tent of Meeting, He gave him very specific details. Among those details was to make in each curtain (a woven fabric embroidered in a specific way and size (see Exodus 16) fifty loops on each of its sides, ordering him "that the loops may be clasped to one another" (Exodus 26:5). Then God ordered him, "And you shall make fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtains together with the clasps, so that it may be one tabernacle" (Exodus 26:6), and to do the same with the Tent with the only exception of making the clasps of bronze instead of gold: "And you shall make fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtains together with the clasps, so that it may be one tabernacle" (Exodus 26:11). Linguistically, a clasp is an inverted hook that joins two loops to pull them together. Read more


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Diocese Educational Programs - Board of Education

Asaph Hymns Institute

(AHI) is the first ever online hymnological seminary.
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Family Ministry Program

(FMP) Spring Registration deadline for new students: January 1, 2016
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LEAD Program

A program for learning Christian leadership principles.
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Theological Seminary Program

Program Registration deadline for new students: March 15, 2016
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Theological Seminary Program - Nashville

An Arabic theological program located in Nashville.
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Theological Seminary Boarding Program - Abbey

A 2 year live-in program located at St. Mary and St. Moses Abbey.
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Diocese Programs

Archangel Raphael Ministry (A.R.M.)

A program designed specifically for individuals with special needs.
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H.O.P.E. Social Services

A social services program designed to help those in need.
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St. Clement Christian Academy

This is a learning community dedicated to meeting the needs of each learner within its walls.
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St. Mark Festival Program

This is a spiritual competition among the Coptic Churches doing the same activity world wide.
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St. Verena Resource Ministry

(SVRM) Professionals networking together to make a difference and provide resources to our Coptic community. To make a request or to volunteer as a consultant.
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Diocese Events

Pre-Marital Retreat

FL: Jan 22-24, 2016
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TX Family Convention

Nov 25-28, 2015
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FL Family Convention

Nov 26-29, 2015
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THY Diocese College Convention

Dec 16-19, 2015
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TX Winter Middle School Retreat

Dec 20-22, 2015
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TX Winter Kids Camp

Dec 21-24, 2015
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WTL Diocese High School Conventions

Boys: Dec 21-24, 2015
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Girls: Dec 26-29, 2015
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FL Winter Kids Camp

Dec 27-30, 2015
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2016 Crossroads Convention

Jan 15-18, 2016
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Florida Servants Convention

Jan 29-30, 2016
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Florida Youth Convention

Mar 4-6, 2016
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Grand Tour of the Holy Land and Egypt

May 2-21, 2016
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Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

P.O. Box 1005
Colleyville, TX 76034

Tel: 817-841-9353
Fax: 817-704-2389

St. Stephen Retreat Center

4951 S. Washington Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780

Tel: 321-567-4961
Fax: 321-567-4955

St. Mary & St. Demiana Convent

330 Village Dr.
Dawsonville, GA 30534

Tel: 706-925-0895
Fax: 817-704-2389

St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey

101 South Vista Drive
Sandia, TX 78383

Tel: 361-547-3257
Fax: 817-231-0135