Hillsborough, New Jersey (PRWEB) July 29, 2015
Saint Mary & Saint Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church moved to its new home, a church facility located at 211 US Highway 206 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The church facility was formerly the home of the Christian Community Chapel, a parish, which is relocating to another area in Hillsborough Township.
Saint Mary & Saint Athanasius was established in 2006 in order to serve Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, and is served by both Father Antonious Tanious and Father John Rizkalla.
The church follows the Coptic Orthodox Tradition, which was established by Saint Mark, the gospel writer, when he brought the Christian faith to Alexandria, Egypt and established the church there around the middle of the first century. Saint Mark was also the first bishop over the Church of Alexandria. The ancient Church of Alexandria is one of the five centers of ancient Christianity, along with Jerusalem, Antioch, Constantinople and Rome.
On Saturday, August 1, 2015, Saint Mary & Saint Athanasius Church will be holding a religious and ceremonial inaugural celebration. Celebrations will be led by His Grace Bishop Karas, Patriarchal Exarch at the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, on behalf of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of Saint Mark.
Several New Jersey community leaders and dignitaries will be attending, and the Church is inviting all the surrounding communities to join the congregation in prayer and celebration.