Ministries

Our Lord Jesus Christ established the Church through His lifegiving ministry — His Incarnation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension — and entrusted Her with the task of helping us attain salvation through Her sacramental life and ministry. St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church exists to fulfill this awesome responsibility towards all her parishioners in the following ways.

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Liturgical Life

 

Our Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is at the heart of our worship as Orthodox Christians. It is one of the Holy Mysteries (or Sacraments) of the Church in which believers gather together as a community to worship God and to have communion with Him through the partaking of His Body and Blood. Every ministry in the Church is influenced by, and derives its power from, the Divine Liturgy.

Common Liturgical Terms

Liturgy
The word liturgy means common work or common action. The Divine Liturgy is the common work of the Orthodox Church. It is the official action of the Church formally gathered together as the chosen People of God.
Raising of Incense
Refers to a separate corporate prayer service that takes place the evening before and the morning of the Divine Liturgy. It may also prayed separate from any Divine Liturgy. It is a service in which the church gathers to give thanks to God; to pray for the souls of the departed, the sick, the travelers, and the oblations; to glorify God through the veneration of the saints; and to implore God's mercy. It offers a Gospel reading and typically a homily for instruction. The Evening Raising of Incense is sometimes called by the Western term, "Vespers," whereas the Morning Raising of Incense is sometimes called "Matins."
Typical Liturgy Schedule
Please refer to our Schedule of Services for detailed information.

Day Hours
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
 

Who to Contact

Fr. Bishoy Kamel
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St. Marina Boy Scouts

"Troop 659"

 

Who are we?

We are the Boy Scouts of St Marina, it is our official name. As such, we are not just a part of a 100 year old, Christian based, American Institution - the National Boy Scouts. But we are also an essential part of a 2000 year old, Christian based, ever-growing family. Therefore you can not be one and not the other with Troop 659.

Everything we do, as a Boy Scout Charter, is deeply rooted in the values and tenets of the Coptic Orthodox Faith. In fact, we strongly feel this very statement was the very foundation of the Boy Scouts 100 years ago. The Boy Scouts Law reflects the very teaching of orthodoxy: “A scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.” This law contains the same elements of what we teach our youth as deacons, as servants of the church and as members of the Coptic Orthodox faith.

What is a Boy Scout?

Boy Scouts of America is a mission driven organization to prepare young boys to be morally straight young men. Through a variety of activities that include camping, hiking and many other outdoor activities young boys are taught to “be prepared” for the unexpected. Often times, these young men learn skills they had never been exposed to before they joined.

In addition, boys are taught leadership skills that can be applied in every aspect of their ever-growing life. St Marina is proud to offer this opportunity to its growing young men. Boys who are 12 years of age or in sixth grade are welcome to join. St Marina has open enrollment in September for the coming year.

 

Who to Contact

Ted Gillebaard
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St. Marina Bookstore

 

About the St. Marina Bookstore

St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church houses two bookstores on site, one for Arabic and the other for English-speakers. Both offer a wealth of books, media, icons, and other devotional items. The English bookstore is especially welcoming for non-Orthodox who wish to learn more about the Church.

Sample Offerings

  • Orthodox Study Bible
  • Liturgical books
  • Works by the Thrice Blessed His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of Blessed Memory
  • Works by prominent Coptic authors, such as Fr. Tadros Yacoub Malaty
  • Works from authors of other Orthodox traditions, such as Fr. Alexander Schmemann
  • Books documenting the lives and miracles of saints like St. Kyrillos the Wonderworker, Mother Irini Abu-Saifain, and others
Hours

Day Hours
Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 

Who to Contact

Mariam Abdou
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