About the Coptic Church
The Coptic Orthodox church was founded by St Mark the Apostle around 50AD . Copts are descendants of the ancient Egyptians and the word 'Copt' itself is derived from the Greek word 'Aegyptus' meaning Egyptian.
The Christian church of Egypt was prophesied of in the Old Testament book of Isaiah saying "In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border." (Isa 19:19).
The Coptic Church is the known as the church of the martyrs (i.e. Christians who have been persecuted or killed for upholding their faith). It has endured several eras of persecution throughout its history under Roman and Arab rule and takes pride in honouring the lives of these saints.
The Coptic Orthodox Church is a deeply spiritual Church that has upheld the doctrines and rites passed down from the founding Fathers of the early Christian church. The foundation of Coptic belief and practice stems from The Bible and teachings of Christ. For this reason the Church has always been a peaceful member of society with the spirit of love and service extended not only within the church but also to the community in which it dwells.
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III is the current Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He is a distinguished and prominent religious leader, profound theologian and talented author who has composed over 100 books. He is often quoted for his famous saying to the youth in which he advises: "A church without youth is a church without a future".
The Church, under his pastoral care has grown and flourished both in Egypt and abroad since his enthronement in 1971. With Coptic Churches now established in every continent (excluding Antarctica), the church's texts and liturgies have been translated into several languages including English, French, German, Italian, Greek, and Swahili to accommodate to the needs of its people. Today there are over 10 million Copts all over the world.
The Coptic Church in QLD.
The first Coptic liturgy celebrated in QLD was in Brisbane in June 1976. Between 1984 and 1989, monthly liturgies were celebrated in Brisbane. Liturgies were celebrated in the Anglican Chapel at the University of Queensland, until the purchase of the first church in Coopers Plains in Brisbane in 1987.
On the 27 of November, 1989, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III accompanied by eight Bishops, visited Brisbane and blessed the first Coptic Church in Brisbane. The church moved to a new location in August 2005 while maintaining it’s original church in Coopers Plains. Named after the Holy Virgin St Mary, the Church is located in the suburb of Calamvale and currently serves approximately 130 families.
There are 4 other Coptic Orthodox churches in Queensland that have been established. One in the Gold Coast by the name of St Mina & St Anthony, one in Strathpine in Brisbane’s northern suburbs by the name of St Mark & St George, one located in Bribie Island by the name of The Four Incorporeal Creatures and the original church in the suburb of Coopers Plains named after St Mary and St Joseph.