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Coptic New Year Nayrouz service goes online

Angaelos Nayrouz serviceNayrouz is a feast when martyrs and confessors are commemorated within the Coptic Orthodox Church, and is the start of the Coptic new year.

The 2020 Nayrouz service, held on 3 November,  was moved at the last minute from St Margaret's, Westminster, to Zoom.

Archbishop Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London and one of CTE's Presidents, led the service. He explained that the move online was made "out of a sense of responsibility... and to present an example... to look after each other." In his sermon he said, "Remember, we are 'set apart' to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable."

You can watch the service on YouTube.

The 2020 service ended with greetings and good wishes from leaders, including from the other CTE Presidents.

Those sharing their greetings included:

  • The Prince of Wales, presented by Bishop Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark
  • Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and CTE President, presented by Dr Will Adam  
  • Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Papal Nuncio
  • Cardinal Vincent Nichols,  Archbishop of Westminster and CTE President
  • Archbishop Nikitas, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain
  • Pastor Agu Irukwu, Chair of the Redeemed Christian Church of God UK and CTE Pentecostal President 
  • Dr Hugh Osgood, Moderator of the Free Churches Group and CTE President
  • Daniel Wheatley,  Bahá’í community UK
  • Lord Stephen Greenhalgh Minister of State for Building Safety and Communities
  • Lord David Alton of Liverpool
  • Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
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