H.G. Bishop David Enthroned as Bishop of New Diocese in North America

H.G. Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Church, a staunch defender of Orthodox Faith and practice, will be enthroned by H.H. Pope Tawadros II and the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church next month as Diocesan Bishop of the newly created Diocese of New York and New England (which will include the American states of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island).

Speaking on an authentic Orthodox approach to mission tempered with a strict adherence to Orthodox modes of worship, His Grace once remarked, “Tradition is not something that we read in books, it is something that we live. It is our Orthodoxia. It is our strict way of glorifying God; this is what Orthodoxy means: the straight way, the upright way, of glorifying God…Why are we influenced by non-Orthodox? Because we don’t know our Orthodoxia. This is our problem. We need to understand our Orthodox Faith and how beautiful and deep it is before we can begin to do missionary work. What are we going to teach others?…When you understand the true Orthodox life, then you will appreciate it very much. And that is why even many of the Protestants are discovering their roots and they are coming back to Orthodoxia – to Orthodoxy – and I wonder how some Orthodox want to be influenced by non-Orthodox. This is very strange. We need to understand who we are before we can really preach about our Christ”.

These wonderful words are part of a sermon preached by His Grace entitled “The Mission Mandate” which can be watched below.

The members of the St. Jacob Baradaeus Orthodox Christian Fellowship would like to offer their sincere congratulations to His Grace along with their prayers that God may sustain him for many years on his throne in peace and save us – and preserve our Church in Orthodox Faith and practice – through his prayers. Axios! Axios! Axios!