Historical Visit of H.H. Pope Tawadros II to SMSV

08 Sep

2014-Sept-popeOn September 8, 2014, the congregation of St. Maurice & St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church was blessed by the historical visit of our beloved father H.H. Pope Tawadros II. The evening started by a visit of His Holiness to the church construction site where components of the building were presented. His Holiness and the accompanying bishops and clergy then proceeded to the Hilton Suites and Conference Centre in Markham where a meeting was held for the young families with children 6 years and under. His Holiness spoke about the dynamic of the Christian family being united with Christ. Afterwards, His Holiness proceeded to the main Conference Centre where he met with the church congregation. Several presentations were held including one by the children, 3 songs by the worship team, a video clip showing our diversity, a speech by Drs. Amir and Wedad Hanna, and a speech by Augustine Arthur. This was followed by a beautiful meditation by His Holiness in preparation for the end of the Coptic Year and the beginning of another “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13, 14) His Holiness was so gracious to greet every person in attendance and give his apostolic blessings. We are so thankful for this amazing pastoral visit where we felt God’s presence and the care of our beloved shepherd, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II. May our Lord confirm him on his throne for many more years to come.