Quick question- I took on the name Yacoub after the Israelite patriarch, and was baptised at a church bearing the names of St. Demiana and Mari Guirguis. From whom of these three should I ask for intercession?
I only recently became Coptic, so i'm still getting a grip on most things. Thank you for understanding!
It would be better for you to choose someone from the Coptic Orthodox Church, so you could truly experience the meaning of Orthodoxy and get the full experience...
If you’d really like to take on St Jacob, we have many St Jacob’s in the COC :)
What’s ironic about your case is that you were baptized at a church named after two of our biggest Saints! St George is the Prince of Martyrs and St Demiana is the Princess of Martyrs. It looks like you’ll end up choosing a Martyr :) but if you do choose any, these two are among the most popular, well-known and beloved saints by the Coptic people and others too. If you’d like more information about them, I can still help!
In the mean time, also look at who among the Saints you’d like to imitate in your lifestyle, for example if you’re looking to take on Monastic Orders, who’s else than St Anthony or St Macarius or St Pachomius, Etc. would be your patron saint?
Happy Hosanna Sunday, my friend!
congratulations on your entry to the orthodox Christian faith!
i have been an orthodox Christian for 11 years now, and every year i learn something new (took 2-3 years to get the hang of fasting, for example).
you don't need to limit it to only 1 or 2 saints, take your time and involve several.
some of my favourites are saint matthias (the 12th disciple, as in my profile picture, i am actually a lady, not a bearded man!), saint macarius the great (start reading his sermons, they are very deep and very helpful for your spiritual live), saint moses the strong, and saint thomas (one of the anchorites who would travel by the Holy Spirit ('sowah' in Arabic).
may God give you a blessed and peaceful Holy Week. follow the readings and prayers (at home if churches are shut in your area due to the virus outbreak) and thank God for His eternal mercy