Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am new here. Although, as my username suggests I come from an Anglican background, I am actually a catechumen in the British Orthodox Church, which is a small community under the jurisdiction of the Alexandrian Patriarchy.
I have been wonderfully impressed with the Copts I have met in the UK, they seem to bear such a faithful witness to their Faith and to our Incarnate Lord.
I attended the opening of St. George's Coptic Cathedral in Stevenage in September and was moved by the beauty of the service and the whole occasion .
I have long had an interest in Orthodoxy, but to be honest have been put off it in the past by the attitude of the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches in the UK; they have seemed very exclusive and seem to me to confuse Orthodox praxis with ethnic practices. Then I found the British Orthodox Church and the Copts, who weren't at all like that, but were wonderfully welcoming - and have been, and are, very patient with a newcomer.
I have found great joy in approaching Orthodoxy this way - even though some of my friends who have only ever come across Eastern Orthodoxy are quite sceptical. But all I can say is that 'if by their fruits shall ye know them', I have found the fulness of the faith in the British Orthodox Church. I am a great admirer of Pope Shenouda, whose writings are God-inspired.
I have chosen St. Cyril as my image because of my great love of his works.
I have 'lurked' here for some time, and have found in this site a great resource as I learn more about the Orthodox Church - so it seemed only right to register.
Thank God for the Copts and their faith over so many years and through such trials. :)