The Coptic diocese of SUS is this year celebrating the 2nd Global Coptic Day on 1 June by holding a video contest themed “My Coptic hero”. The contest is open to all persons, individually or in groups, everywhere in the world, and involves creating a one- or two-minute video on a favourite Coptic hero. Contestants may choose from four categories: male saints; female saints; martyrs and confessors, male or female; and laypersons, also male or female. The deadline for submissions will be the Feast of the Apostles on 12 July; the videos may be posted on Facebook or Instagram hashtag #GlobalCopticDay and emailed to My [email protected] . The winners will be announced on the Holy Virgin’s Feast on 22 August.
Last year, the day 1 June, the Feast of the Entry of the Holy Family into Egypt, was chosen by the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Southern United States to mark an annual Global Coptic Day, and the icon of the Holy Family in Egypt was picked to symbolise the event.
The idea of a global Coptic day was the brainchild of Egyptian American Copt Nader Anise, a lawyer and marketer based in Florida. The idea was welcomed by Bishop Youssef of the Southern United States, and approved by Pope Tawadros II.
Global Coptic Day is intended as a day to celebrate the Coptic Orthodox Church’s rich heritage, including its indelible history of martyrdom and persecution, as well as its theological education and monasticism. It aspires to create global awareness of the Coptic Orthodox Church among Copts and non-Copts all around the world. The day is an annual celebration of the contributions made by the Coptic Orthodox Church over many centuries.
1 June 2020