Today is the beginning of the blessed Coptic year. It is necessary to keep it a holy day with full purity and chastity. Let us start a new demeanor as St. Paul the Apostle says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Cor. 5:17-18) And Isaiah the Prophet says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the meek; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Isaiah 61:1-2) And David the Prophet says, “You crown the year with Your goodness; and Your paths drip with abundance.” (Psalms 65:11)
We ask our God to keep us without sin and help us to act according to His will with the intercessions of the pure Saint Mary, all the Martyrs and Saints. Amen.
For your viewing pleasure, here are pictures of the Nayrouz vespers, the St-Demiana drama that the youth of the church played following the vespers and the Nayrouz liturgy.
His Grace Bishop Youssef of Bolivia sermon given after the Nayrouz vespers can be listened at here: Click here to listen at the sermon