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Orange Lanterns on the feast of Epiphany

A very old Egyptian Tradition was to create lanterns out of oranges on the feast of Epiphany.
Children in the Egyptian countryside put candles inside hollow oranges and use them as lanterns. A symbol that the baptized receives the light of the Holy Spirit. Also by applying pressure on the crust of an orange comes out an oily substance, which symbolizes the oil of chrism, which is applied to the person after baptism.
Historians indicated that our ancestors used to celebrate the Epiphany on waterways and were using these lanterns for lighting.

St. Stephen Coptic Orthodox Church & Retreat Center in Florida

Tired of the bad weather in New Jersey? Plan a trip to Florida!

St. Stephen Coptic Orthodox Church & Retreat Center
4951 S. Washington Ave.
Titusville, Florida 32780

Phone: (321) 567-4961
Fax: (321) 567-4955

Please email or call us for information regarding rates and packages

New American Youth Bishopric & Youth Servants Training Center

H.H. Pope Tawadros will establish a new Bishopric for the Youth in America and Canada.
Donations will be accepted and a Banquet will be held to collect funds to purchase a suitable location for the Training Center.

Enrollment Requirements:

1. Candidate/Student must be nominated by the Church through the priest and the servants head with a signed and sealed recommendation letter.

2. Candidate must b a youth servant or being prepared for youth service.

3. Candidate must follow the Center rules, and have the desire to continue, to be serious, and to love this study.

Photos of the Trip to Moses in Millennium Theatres - Pennsylvania

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