Saint George Coptic Church

Tampa, Florida

Coptic Orthodox Church

The Coptic Church was established in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by St. Mark the Evangelist in the city of Alexandria around 43 A.D. The church adheres to the Nicene Creed. St. Athanasius (296-373 A.D.), the twentieth Pope of the Coptic Church effectively defended the Doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ’s Divinity at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. His affirmation of the doctrine earned him the title; “Father of Orthodoxy” and St. Athanasius “the Apostolic”.

St. Mary Fast

August 7th - August 21st

August 7 marks the start of the Fast of St. Mary. This is a two-week fast (fish permitted) that helps prepare us for the Feast of the Assumption on August 22. The Virgin is the blessed saint, whose blessing is continuous throughout the generations, as it has been mentioned in her hymn: "For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed" (Luke 1:46). The Church calls the Virgin by the surname of "the queen". This was mentionned by the psalm, about her: "At Your right hand stands the queen" (Ps. 45:9). That is why, many artists, when they draw the pictures of the Virgin, they put a crown on her head, and she appears in the image, on the right side of the Lord Christ. The reverence of the Virgin appears in the salutation of the archangel Gabriel to her: "Peace to you, O you full of grace, "the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women" (Luke 1:28). That is, with a special blessing, to which also saint Elisabeth gave testimony. "Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb" (Luke 1:42).

Our Priests

Fr. Moussa Saleh

Fr. Moussa Saleh is serving at St. George Church since October 1997, he was ordained by H. G. Bishop Youssef, Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern USA. To contact Fr. Moussa, call/text at (813) 857-5725 or email

Fr. Joshua Gerges

Fr. Joshua Gerges is also serving at St. George Church since October 2016, he was ordained by H. G. Bishop Youssef, Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern USA. To contact Fr. Joshua, call/Text at (615) 403-7141 or email

Address

2135 West Busch Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612

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