Yearly Archives: 2019

Christmas Letter 2020

Wishing you all a Happy New Year & Merry Christmas!!! Please find the Christmas Letter for 2020 linked below.

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SGSS Coptic Center | Time to Build!

This time last year we started sharing details with you regarding our Coptic Center as we were preparing to break ground. Through your continued love and support, we are happy to update you that we have started site work and laying the foundation for the buildings! 

We invite you to be a part in growing our community for the next 45+ years and investing in the future of our youth by SIGNING UP FOR A RECURRING GIFT to the St. George & St. Shenouda Coptic Center project through the link below!

The target goal is to increase our monthly recurring contributions in order to safely secure continuous construction of the buildings with the intention of raising a total of $12M.

This has been a dream, a vision, and a plan that we have been working towards over many years. It is more than bricks and buildings…It is a foundation for the future of our youth…a means to serve those in need in an underdeveloped area of Jersey City a portal to bring communities together… Many have either been touched by the services of St. George & St. Shenouda or deeply a part of the church’s 45 year history. We now invite you to take the blessings of supporting this important initiative that will continue to support many. 

AND we are excited to invite you to save the date for our OFFICIAL GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY planned for December 14 (weather permitting) with our special honored guests His Grace Bishop David and Honorable Mayor Steven Fulop, among many others who were an important part of this vision!

We know that this target is in clear sight through God’s grace, your love, and shared support!

Holy Week Service Schedule 2019

Holy Week Service Schedule 2019


April 19th

Concluding Friday of Lent

Holy Liturgy & Unction of the Sick القداس الالهي – جمعة ختام الصوم 8:30am – 1:30pm
Divine Liturgy القداس الالهي 4:00pm – 6:00pm
April 20th Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy القداس الالهي سبت لعازر 8:00am – 10:30am
Vespers & Palm Procession عشية ودورة أحد الشعانين 7:00pm – 8:30pm

April 21st

Palm Sunday

First Liturgy احد الشعانين – القداس الاول 5:00am – 9:00am

3 Liturgies (English, Arabic, & E/A Liturgy)

أحد الشعانين – (ثلاثة قداسات) عربي وانجليزي ومشترك

9:00am – 2:00pm**
Holy Pascha Prayers صلوات البصخة المقدسة 6:00pm – 9:00pm*

April 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Holy Week

Holy Pascha Prayers صلوات البصخة المقدسة 6:00am – 7:00am
11:00am – 1:00pm
6:00pm – 9:00pm*

April 25th

Covenant Thursday

Lakkan Prayers & Divine Liturgy خميس العهد – اللقان والقداس الإلهي 8:00am – 2:00pm*
Holy Pascha Prayers صلوات البصخة المقدسة 6:00pm – 9:00pm*

April 26th

Great Friday

Holy Pascha Prayers الجمعة العظيمة – صلوات البصخة المقدسة 8:00am – 6:00pm**
Apocalypse Night ليلة ابو غلمسيس 11:00pm – 5:00am

April 27th

Bright Saturday

Divine Liturgy قداس سبت النور 5:00am – 7:00am

Divine Liturgy of the Feast of Resurrection

قداس ليلة عيد القيامة المجيد

7:00pm – 12:00am**
April 28th Holy Resurrection Sunday School Gathering حفل عيد القيامة 11:00am – 1:00pm
April 29th Sham El Neseem Divine Liturgy القداس الالهي –  شم النسيم 8:30am – 10:30am
April 30th Eve of the Feast of St. George Vespers & Beautification 7:00pm – 9:00pm
* Simultaneous services in Main Church (English) & Bethany Church (Arabic). ** Simultaneous services in Main Church (English), Bethany Church (Arabic) & Archangel Michael Chapel (Arabic & English).

Holy Week Letter 2019

Blessed Holy Lent to you and to all the beloved congregation!!! Please find the School Letter for Holy Week 2019 attached.

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Consecrate A Fast

H.H. Pope Shenouda III

H.H. Pope Shenouda III
118th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark

The word “Consecrate” in its Greek origin means to sanctify. Thus when the Lord said to Moses: “Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb … it is Mine.” (Ex 13:2), He meant that those firstborn should be sanctified to Him and not for any other purpose. The firstborn males used to devote themselves to the service of the Lord before Aaron and his offspring. The firstborn of cattle were also offered as a sacrifice.

Sacred garments for the service of priests were consecrated to God. In this, the Lord said to Moses: “So they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, that he may minister to Me as priest.” (Ex 28:4).

Altar vessels are sacred for the Lord, devoted to His service, and were not use for any other purpose. Sanctifying a house for the Lord is to devote it to Him and cannot be used for any other thing but the worship of the Lord: “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” (Matt 21:13).

Some may ask: What does the Lord mean by His words to His disciples: “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself.” (John 17:19). He means that He devotes Himself to them and the church for He came to redeem her.

Sacraments are the Lord’s appropriations, they belong to the Lord alone and to no one else. They are consecrated to the Lord in the same way as the firstborn were. As the Lord says through the Prophet Ezekiel: “There I will require your offerings and the firstfruits of your sacrifices, together with all your holy things.” (Ezek 20:40). About the first fruits of every fruitful tree, He says: “But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, a praise to the Lord.” (Lev 19:24). Their fruit was for the Lord and was given to the Lord’s priests. (Ezek 44:30).

It was said that the money going into the Lord’s money box in the sanctuary “are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.” (Josh 6:19) to be devoted to the Lord.

In the same way, days were consecrated or devoted to the Lord.

To “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Ex 20:8), to devote the day to the Lord, namely not performing any work for it is for the Lord. In the same way, we should consecrate to the Lord all His feast days on which holy gatherings are held, to cease from work and devote to the Lord. (Lev 23:3, 7, 8, 21, 25, 31, 36).

Thus sanctification of fasting is to consecrate it to the Lord.

Days of fasting are sacred, and are devoted to the Lord. They do not belong to the world but to the Lord’s as a sanctification to Him.

That is why God’s inspiration clarified this meaning when He said “Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly” (Joel 1:14, 2:15), because a “sacred assembly” is fit for the consecration of the fast to the Lord, devoting it to Him.

However, what can you do if it is not possible for you to devote all your time to the Lord, and withdraw from your official work?

Withdraw as much as you can to devote yourself to God. However, if, despite your efforts, time becomes limited, devotion takes on another meaning:

At least, aim to devote the fast for the Lord.

In this way, it becomes a sacred fast, for it is consecrated to God as far as its aim and approach are concerned. In this we comprehend the dual meaning of the word sacred namely pure for it is to the Lord.

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