On Saturday we had an opportunity to attend a church festival at St. Mary and St. Antonious Coptic Orthodox Church. This beautiful church is in Oak Creek. Of course I forgot to take a picture of the outside of the building!
The Coptic Orthodox Church is an apostolic church that was founded by St. Mark in the first century.
The Copts are direct descendants of the ancient Egyptians, and the Coptic Orthodox Church is the indigenous church of Egypt.
They believe in the Trinity – Father Son and Holy Spirit. They praise the Virgin Mary but do not worship her. They worship and pray based on the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments). Another source they use is Holy Tradition – teachings passed down through the generations.
This beautiful stained glass piece is in the stairway leading from the basement/lunch room to the church. It is so beautiful!
Above are the Liturgical Vessels and some information about them.
5-7 from the sheet I took a picture of are above. 8 is in the second picture. In the background is a small altar. I apologize for the blur of the picture. I was using my cell phone!
A little better picture of the altar.
A sample of the robes the priest wears. We had a brief conversation with the priest about the terrible things happening in the world, specifically the persecution of Christians. We agreed that we need to continue to pray in thanksgiving for all we have and to pray for peace.
The pulpit. Gorgeous woodwork in this church. Notice the crosses and the arrow type crosses pointing to the four corners. They symbolize the Word being spread to the corners of the world.
The icons of the church. The 12 that were at the Last Supper. I was unable to get a good picture of their image of the Last Supper. It is amazing. 🙂
The Virgin Mary.
If you get an opportunity to visit this church, I would suggest you stop in. The members we interacted with were very friendly.