Global Coptic Day is a day to celebrate the Coptic Orthodox Church’s rich heritage, including its indelible history of martyrdom and persecution, theological education and monasticism. We hope to create awareness of the Coptic Orthodox Church and reach both Copts and non-Copts all around the world.
The inaugural celebration is on June 1, 2019 and will continue annually.
On Oct. 20, 2018, Nader Anise, Founder of the Coptic American Chamber of Commerce, presented the idea of Global Coptic Day to His Grace Bishop Youssef, Bishop of the Southern U.S., who enthusiastically approved and supported the idea. His Grace personally selected the name and date of the celebration. Without His Grace Bishop Youssef’s involvement and blessing, none of this would have been possible.
Yes, absolutely. In addition to His Grace Bishop Youssef’s approval, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II blessed the project when Nader Anise met with His Holiness personally at the St. Bishoy Monastery on Nov. 20, 2018. Furthermore, when the idea was presented to many of the Coptic bishops of the Holy Synod on Nov. 20, 2018, they enthusiastically approved it. Finally, countless Coptic priests from all over the world strongly support the day.
For now, the day will be celebrated mostly over social media, with people sharing videos, photos, articles and links that celebrate the Coptic Orthodox Church in all ways.
Additionally, we recommend that you take part in any number of the following P.R.A.I.S.E. activities:
P(ray) – Dedicate all your prayers on June 1st to the peace of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt and all around the world.
R(ead) – Start a tradition of reading a story of a Coptic saint or martyr to your young children every Global Coptic Day, thereby creating memories that will last a lifetime. Of course, the R can also stand for “Reading”( the Bible), including the verses related to the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15).
A(cts of Mercy) – Take the time to visit the sick or feed the hungry, give to the poor, clothe those in need or visit the imprisoned. If you contact your parish priest, you can coordinate with him.
I(nvite) – Take this opportunity to invite friends or co-workers to attend one of our Coptic services, whether a Vespers, Liturgy, Bible study or other gathering.
S(ervice) – Provide whatever service might be needed in your community, neighborhood or local parish.
E(ducate) – On June 1st, use social media to educate the public about what the Coptic Church is all about. Share beneficial articles, videos, links, photos and anything else that would bring the Coptic Church closer to people’s hearts and minds. The E can also stand for “Evangelize,” which the entire day attempts to do.
There are no geographic limitations; celebrations will occur all around the globe.
No. This is a day for everyone, everywhere, regardless of their language or location.
Global Coptic Day takes place on June 1st, which also coincides with the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s Entry to Egypt with the Holy Family. So the icon has become somewhat symbolic of Global Coptic Day. (The photo below was taken on Nov. 25, 2018, as His Grace Bishop Youssef and Nader Anise were presenting His Holiness Pope Tawadros II with the icon.)
The icon was created by one of the most talented Coptic iconographers today, Osama Moris. Although he uses traditional techniques and colors, his gold guilding technique is rarely seen and is stunning. (Below is a photo of Nader Anise and Osama Moris on both sides of the icon.)
The inaugural celebration is 2019 so it’s very possible that the news hasn’t reached everywhere yet. This is a brand new effort; however, we will do our best to get the word out so it can be a true global celebration.
In addition to sharing content that directly relates to the Coptic Orthodox Church, we encourage everyone to share photos and videos of them celebrating with family or friends or showing any P.R.A.I.S.E activities in action.
The top three that we expect most people to be on are Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Yes, please! In all your social media posts, regardless of which social media platform you use, please use the hashtag #GlobalCopticDay.
One of the promotional objectives of Global Coptic Day is for us to trend on Twitter on June 1st. In order to do that, a massive number of tweets need to be made throughout the day using the hashtag #GlobalCopticDay. If you don’t have a Twitter account, please create one – and use it on June 1. (Of course, don’t just post on Twitter… get on Facebook and Instagram, too!)
God willing, this will be an annual event, celebrated every June 1st.