Coptic Orthodox Church in Asia

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The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria has many churches and congregations in the continent of Asia.

As Egypt is the only Afro-Asiatic country, all of the Coptic Orthodox Eparchies in the peninsula of Sinai are in Asia

Sinai[edit]

Two Eparchies, each led by a Bishop:

El Arish and all North Sinai[edit]

Kosman (Cosmas), Bishop of the Holy Diocese of El Arish (Rhinocorura), El Qantarah and all North Sinai.

El-Tor and all South Sinai[edit]

Apollo, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of El-Tor (Raithu), Sharm El Sheikh and all South Sinai.

Currently, there are at least five Coptic Orthodox churches in South Sinai.[1]

Jerusalem[edit]

Abraham, Metropolitan of the Holy and Great City of Our Lord, Jerusalem, Holy Zion, Archbishop of the Holy Archdiocese of Jerusalem, All Palestine, Philadelphia of Jordan and all the Near East.

This Archdiocese has many churches in the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, and Israel.

This great archdiocesan Metropolis is technically outside the Egyptian Province and was not originally counted within the jurisdiction of the Pope of Alexandria and it was created by Pope Cyril III (1235-1243) in the Thirteenth Century, which, at that time, had caused a dispute between the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.[2] This was a very rare incident between the two sister churches as in general their relationship is one of the strongest between any two sister churches.[3]

The Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan of Jerusalem is the only Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan who is consecrated as a Metropolitan Archbishop without being consecrated a bishop first and then elevated to the Metropolitan rank later, as is the norm in all episcopal consecration according to the tradition of the Church of Alexandria. This has been the case since Cyril III consecrated Metropolitan Basilius as the first Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan of Jerusalem and All the Near East.

Lebanon[edit]

The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the 18 religious sects recognized by the Lebanese Constitution.

East Asia[edit]

This wide area comes under the Diocese of Sydney, New South Wales, Queesland, Northern Territory and All East Asia whose Hierarch is Daniel, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Sydney, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and All East Asia. The following is a list of churches in East Asia in the Diocese, and also the priests that serve in each church:

Japan[edit]

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Japan was first established by Bishop Daniel since 2002.[1]. Daniel is the Coptic Orthodox bishop of the Diocese of Sydney and Affiliated Regions, including Asia. He appointed the first serving Coptic priest in Japan, who served St. George Coptic Orthodox church of Japan.

The first Coptic Orthodox holy liturgy was held in Kobe City, Japan in November 2002 by Bishop Daniel. Other areas were Coptic Orthodox holy liturgies were held were Osaka, Kagoshima (south of Japan), Tokyo (capital city of Japan) and Tottori (western part of Japan).

Officially there is not a Coptic Orthodox church building that has been established. However, there are Coptic Orthodox Christians throughout Japan. There are Coptic Egyptians, Sudanese and Ethiopians who come to Japan as students for short-term periods to study. Furthermore, some people come to work and stay for long-term. Others have Japanese spouse and families and are permanent residents in Japan. There were some Japanese who have come to know about the Coptic Orthodox Church from their visit to Egypt. Other Japanese people have experienced the salvation of Jesus Christ and were baptised in the Coptic Orthodox Japan.

Thailand[edit]

  • St. Mark & St. George; Bangkok
  • St. James the Apostle Orphanage; Sangkhlaburi

Singapore[edit]

  • St. Mark; Singapore

Hong Kong[edit]

China[edit]

  • St. Antony & St.Paul;Guangzhou
  • St. Mark, Yiwu

Malaysia[edit]

  • St. Mary & St. Mark; Malacca
    • Fr Joseph Sim

South Korea[edit]

  • St. Mary; Seoul

Taiwan[edit]

  • St. Mark; Taiwan

Pakistan[edit]

A Mission church in Isalambad started in 2006 under the Diocese of Melbourne, West & South Australia, New Zealand and All Oceania whose Hierarch is Suriel, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia), Tasmania, ACT, South Australia, Western Australia, New Zealand and All Oceania. The following is a list of churches in Pakistan which are under the Diocese, and also the priests that serve in each church:

  • St. Mark; Rawalpinidi
    • Fr Bishoy Sarfraz
  • St. Mary; Islamabad
    • Fr Anthony David John

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coptic Orthodox Diocese of South Sinai
  2. ^ History of the Coptic Church, Iris Habib Elmasry
  3. ^ History of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Abouna Menassa Elkomos Youhanna 1923

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