CAIRO - 2June 2019: The first ever Global Coptic Day was celebrated on June 1, 2019, a call to unite the Coptic community worldwide.
In October 2018, Egypt-born Nader Anise, founder of the Coptic American Chamber of Commerce, proposed the ideato Bishop Youssefof the Southern US, who approved of and endorsed the idea.
Only a month later, during his visit to Egypt, Anise received the blessing of Pope Tawadros at the St. Bishoy Monastery in Wadi El Natroun, allowingthe Global Coptic Day to become a reality.
“When I presented the idea of Global Coptic Day to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II in Egypt on November 20, I was elated by the response. His holiness gave me his blessing and said it was a very good idea and to move ahead as planned," said Anise.
The Coptic Day coincides with the entry of Jesus Christ and the Holy Family to Egypt; it is a celebration of the Coptic heritage and an opportunity to reach all Copts and non-Copts all over the world.
Global Coptic Day is widely spread on social platforms where Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are full of posts and photos using the hash tag #GlobalCopticDay.
Churches worldwide call Christians to fill this day with P.R.A.I.S.E: Pray, Read, Acts of mercy, Invite, Serve and Educate.
Pray: Dedicate all your prayers on June 1st to the peace of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt and all around the world.
Read: 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.
Acts of Mercy: Take the time to visit the sick or feed the hungry, give to the pooror visit the imprisoned.
Invite: 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.
Serve: Provide whatever service might be needed in your community, neighborhood or local parish.
Educate: On June 1, 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.