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This is the main site for the Orthodox Fellowship @ Abu Sefein Coptic Orthodox Church in Rhodes, Sydney. The Fellowship is a collection of English meetings and ministries aimed at the edification of all those involved. Our aim is to strive for Orthodox fellowship and unity. Orthodoxy is not merely a religion, but who we are, what we think and our very mode of existence. Primarily, this site is to help communicate and promote the Orthodox way of life with the English speakers of our Parish.
So if you want to come along and share in our fellowship visit us at Saint Mary and Saint Merkorious (Abu Sefein) Coptic Orthodox Church, Rhodes. We meet every Friday night at 8:00pm and Tuesday nights at 7:00pm. Join us for prayer, hymns and a discussion.
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Weekly Saying from the Fathers
At the Birth of the Son the king was enrolling all men for the tribute-money, that they might be debtors to Him: the King came forth to us Who blotted out our bills, and wrote another bill in His own Name that He might be our debtor. The sun gave longer light, and foreshadowed the mystery by the degrees which it had gone up. It was twelve days since it had gone up, and to-day is the thirteenth day: a type exact of the Son's birth and of His Twelve...
The darkness was overcome, that it might proclaim that Satan was overcome; and the sun gave longer light, that it might triumph, because the First-born was victorious. Along with the darkness the dark one was overcome, and with the greater light our Light conquered!
- Hymns on the Nativity, Ephrem the Syrian