Saint Thomas the Hermit Coptic Orthodox Church
Winchester CA

92596





Who we are

St. Thomas the Hermit Coptic Orthodox Church is the first church under this saint outside of Egypt. While the history of this great saint is deeply rooted in the lands of Egypt with various monasteries and churches such as the Monastery of St. Thomas in the Akhmeem Bishopric of the Sohag Governate, this is the first church outside of Egypt.

St. Athanasius, a defender of faith and the 20th Pope of Alexandria says “Orthodoxy is what Christ taught, the disciples preached, and the fathers kept”. The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest churches in the world, dating back to the early years of Christ. It spread through the lands of Egypt by the teachings of St. Mark the Evangelist, who, as the doxology says, came and enlightened us through the Holy Gospel.

St. Gregory of Nazianzus, says that the Lord has no need of my servitude but rather I have need of His lordship. Nevertheless, Christ came to serve and not be served. Our Lord teaches us that whatever we do for man, we do for Him.



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Saint Thomas the Hermit Coptic Orthodox Church
31863 Ruft Rd
Winchester, CA 92596
United States
Phone: (951) 821-8318
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Father Abraam Ayoub
Father Abraam Ayoub
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31863 Ruft Rd
Winchester, CA 92596
United States
Phone: (951) 821-8318
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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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Father Abraam Ayoub was born in Sohag June ,11 1974. He studied medicine in Assuit in 1994 and then graduated in the year 2000.He then traveled to New York from 1998 to 1999. Afterwards, Fr. Abraam went back to Egypt and then returned and immigrated to the United States on December 2000 after finishing Medical School (South Valley University -Sohag). He was serving in St. Mary and St. Antonious Church in Queens NY from 2000 to 2003.

He then joined a Residency Program (Surgery Department) at Harbor- UCLA hospital in 2005. Following that, he later joined Loma Linda University Medical Center – Internal Medicine Residency Program until he was called for the priesthood on November 25, 2007. He was ordained as a consecrated deacon on November 23, 2007 at Archangel Michael in Santa Ana. He was then later ordained as a priest by the hands of His Grace Bishop Serapion and His Grace Bishop Youssef in the Church of St. Mina.   Edit
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P.O BOX 892473
Temecula, CA
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Saint Thomas the Hermit Coptic Orthodox Church Service Times

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Sunday School 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Our Sunday School is held on Saturday

Vespers 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Junior High and High School Meeting 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

College Youth Meeting 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

On Sat­ur­day evenings, the Evening Rais­ing of Incense ser­vice (Ves­pers) is gen­er­ally 30–45 min­utes in length, includ­ing a short homily in Ara­bic or Eng­lish.

On Sun­day morn­ings, a sim­i­lar ser­vice is cel­e­brated before the Divine Liturgy. After­wards, the Divine Liturgy is approx­i­mately 3 hours in length with an Eng­lish homily at approx­i­mately 9:30 a.m. and the Dis­tri­b­u­tion of the Mys­tery of the Eucharist from 11:00–11:30 a.m.

We under­stand this may seem like a very long ser­vice, but we know that when you have par­tic­i­pated in an Ortho­dox ser­vice you will feel like you have truly wor­shipped the liv­ing God.

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The gen­eral rule for men and women is to dress appro­pri­ately, mod­estly and respect­fully, as before the liv­ing God. We ask that you not wear shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, low-cut or strap­less dresses (unless cov­ered by a sweater, etc.).   Edit


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The power of Christian prayer With us night and morning
By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered, and confidently waiting come what may, we know that God is with us night and morning, and never fails to greet us each new day. Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented, still evil days bring burdens hard to bear; Oh, give our frightened souls the sure salvation for which, O Lord, You taught us to prepare. And when this cup You give is filled to brimming with bitter suffering, hard to understand, we take it thankfully and without trembling, out of so good and so beloved a hand. Yet when again in this same world You give us the joy we had, the brightness of Your Sun, we shall remember all the days we lived through, and our whole life shall then be Yours alone.
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