As Father Takla Azmy gives a brief guided tour through
the cramped home of St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church
n Lynnwood, he points to signs of a congregation grown
far too large for its home.
The baptismal font is housed in what can only be called
a glorified closet. An add-on room has been built in the
main area to hold more pews for the hundreds who come
for Saturday evening prayers and three-hour Sunday
It is a fine enough, if humble, church, formerly home
to, he thinks, a Baptist congregation..................
..........Copts are Egyptian Christians who trace the
beginnings of their church to St. Mark, the apostle
believed to have brought Christianity to Egypt in the
1st century.............The Coptic Church is considered
part of the Oriental Orthodox Church.............
..........The project has cost $2 million to date, with
total cost estimated at more than $5 million. The church
has raised about $800,000 from congregants' contributions
and the sale of another property it owned in Shoreline....
........In its old church, the congregation had to make
many changes, including building an icon bearer at the
front of the altar. "We converted it into an Orthodox
church, but it didn't feel at any time really Orthodox.
It wasn't ours," said Samia Salama, a member of
St. Mary's. With the new church, "it will feel like home
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Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy (Dist), Kerala, India