Learn More About The Coptic Orthodox Church




By Frank Logi 06-16-2013


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The Coptic church was part of the Oriental Orthodox group of churches but was established as an individual church body in AD 451, having dissented from the Eastern orthodox Church over a religious matter---the nature of Christ. The Church was founded in Egypt at the middle of the 1st Century, possibly between AD 42- 50. It is believed that Mark, the Apostle of Jesus, established the Coptic Church where many Egyptians embraced its faith. In the midst of this, Emperor Nero of the Roman Empire was in leadership and the Church faced persecution. Presently, the Coptic Orthodox Church has the largest Christian gathering in Egypt, with several millions of followers. Besides this number, there are thousands upon thousands of followers in other different parts of the world.

In the Coptic Church, the Pope of Alexandria is the overall leader of the congregation, with several priests under his leadership. Nevertheless, the pope is not deemed supreme or unerring. Saint Mark the Apostle is said to be the very first Pope to have headed this church, being the founder. The present-day Coptic Church has maintained most of the ancient practices of service, such as giving sermons in the original Coptic language. This is a very ancient language, obtaining its name from 'Copt', gotten from the Geek word 'Aigyptos' for Egyptian. The pope who heads the Church is based in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt and the Church's headquarter. Other regions such as the USA have many such churches overseen by priests and Bishops. In the UK, there are also other churches where a large cathedral was inaugurated in the year 2007.Libya, Sudan, and Jordan, are other countries with significant numbers of Coptic Church followers.

When it comes to the doctrine, the beliefs of the Coptic Orthodox Church are more or less similar to those of the Eastern Orthodox Church. However, the Coptic orthodox congregation believes in the singleness and perfect unity of the divine and physical person of Jesus Christ.



The pope, Shenouda III was quoted reciting, "... His Divine nature is one with His human nature yet without mingling, confusion or alteration..." Like other Christians, the Copts believe in the Bible, and use it as a reference for their faith, although it is not their only source of faith. They believe that people who were inspired by God to do so wrote the Bible. Besides the authoritative word in the Bible, Copts also believe in Holy Tradition. Holy Tradition constitutes a teaching that has come from God, has been taught and practiced by the Church, proven by Church Councils, and one that exists presently.






Poe Sheouda III of Alexandria passed away on March 17 2012 at the age of 88, who headed the coptic Church since 1971


The Coptic Orthodox Church has adopted a creed, the Creed of Nicene, which reiterates their faith in the triune God. The Creed was finalized with phrases that confirm the divinity of the Holy Spirit as '...the source of life, who comes forth from the Father, who with the Father through the Son is glorified and worshipped ...' This creed unites the followers in unity of faith in its proclamation. was part of the Oriental Orthodox group of churches but was established as an individual church body in AD 451, having dissented from the Eastern orthodox Church over a religious matter---the nature of Christ. The Church was founded in Egypt at the middle of the 1st Century, possibly between AD 42- 50. It is believed that Mark, the Apostle of Jesus, established the Coptic Church where many Egyptians embraced its faith. In the midst of this, Emperor Nero of the Roman Empire was in leadership and the Church faced persecution. Presently, the Coptic Orthodox Church has the largest Christian gathering in Egypt, with several millions of followers. Besides this number, there are thousands upon thousands of followers in other different parts of the world.

In the Coptic Church, the Pope of Alexandria is the overall leader of the congregation, with several priests under his leadership. Nevertheless, the pope is not deemed supreme or unerring. Saint Mark the Apostle is said to be the very first Pope to have headed this church, being the founder. The present-day Coptic Church has maintained most of the ancient practices of service, such as giving sermons in the original Coptic language. This is a very ancient language, obtaining its name from 'Copt', gotten from the Geek word 'Aigyptos' for Egyptian. The pope who heads the Church is based in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt and the Church's headquarter. Other regions such as the USA have many such churches overseen by priests and Bishops. In the UK, there are also other churches where a large cathedral was inaugurated in the year 2007.Libya, Sudan, and Jordan, are other countries with significant numbers of Coptic Church followers.

When it comes to the doctrine, the beliefs of the Coptic Orthodox Church are more or less similar to those of the Eastern Orthodox Church. However, the Coptic orthodox congregation believes in the singleness and perfect unity of the divine and physical person of Jesus Christ. The pope, Shenouda III was quoted reciting, "... His Divine nature is one with His human nature yet without mingling, confusion or alteration..." Like other Christians, the Copts believe in the Bible, and use it as a reference for their faith, although it is not their only source of faith. They believe that people who were inspired by God to do so wrote the Bible. Besides the authoritative word in the Bible, Copts also believe in Holy Tradition. Holy Tradition constitutes a teaching that has come from God, has been taught and practiced by the Church, proven by Church Councils, and one that exists presently.

The Coptic Orthodox Church has adopted a creed, the Creed of Nicene, which reiterates their faith in the triune God. The Creed was finalized with phrases that confirm the divinity of the Holy Spirit as '...the source of life, who comes forth from the Father, who with the Father through the Son is glorified and worshipped ...' This creed unites the followers in unity of faith in its proclamation.



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