Vigil for the Holy Theotokos 2016

With great joy and enthusiasm, the parish announces its first-ever Vigil for the Holy Theotokos during the second week of the Fast of the Holy Theotokos, which precedes the Feast of the Assumption of the Body of the Holy Theotokos into Heaven on Monday, August 22.

Every night from August 15-21, the parish will pray the Evening Raising of Incense and the Veneration to the Most Holy Theotokos from 7:00-9:00 p.m., including a homily on aspects of her life.

God willing, on the morning of August 22, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the Feast from 6:00-8:00 a.m.

Wishing you a blessed Fast, Feast, and many happy returns.

Youth Discussion with Fr. Moses

Please join us for a guided discussion on some recent hot-button issues regarding chauvinism and feminism with regard to the Orthodox Church.

The purpose of this discussion is to shed light on some “controversial” issues the Church is facing in this post-modern era. This discussion is meant for BOTH the ladies AND the gentlemen and will, God willing, answer some of your questions regarding the differences between men’s and women’s roles in the church, the importance of partaking and not partaking in Communion for men and women, why the Church has traditionally segregated the sexes during services, and much more.

Fr. Moses will be joining us. Bring your friends, some thoughtful questions and an eagerness to learn. You will come out of this discussion much more enlightened.

This event will take place this Thursday night, 8/11/16, at 7:30pm. Please contact Michael Salama for location details.

New Weekday Divine Liturgy!

With great joy, we announce the beginning of a weekly Divine Liturgy every Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 a.m. The early time was deliberately chosen to enable parishioners to receive the blessing of this midweek Divine Liturgy before work or school.

If you would like to assist in the set-up service, please contact Daniel William.

New Permanent Priest

We are pleased to announce Father Moses Samaan as the new, confirmed permanent priest for St. Gregory American Coptic Orthodox Church. Father Moses will start his service with Vespers on Saturday, July 30, 2016 and the Liturgy on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

The following is Fr. Moses’ biography from

Father Moses Samuel Samaan was born in Highland Park, CA and raised in Southern California.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Riverside and a Juris Doctor law degree from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Prior to his consecration and ordination, he practiced law in California from 2003-2009.

With his family, he attended Holy Virgin Mary Church in Los Angeles, Saint Mina Church in Riverside, Saint John Church in Covina throughout his life. For the 21 years before his ordination, he served at Saint Abanoub and Saint Antony Church in Norco.

His father, the late Father Samuel Samaan of blessed memory, served as a presbyter in the Diocese from 1991 to 2007 at Saint Abanoub and Saint Antony Church.

In September 2008, he became a consecrated servant in the Diocese, assisting in several areas of the service. One year later, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion assigned him to serve at St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church in San Diego. On December 26, 2009, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion ordained him as Archdeacon Moses to continue his service at St. Demiana. On April 18, 2010, he was ordained as a presbyter by His Eminence Metroplitan Serapion, and Their Graces Bishop Sarapamon, Bishop Tadros, and Bishop Youssef.

In August 2014, Metropolitan Serapion assigned him to serve at St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church.

His personal blog, Become Orthodox, may be found at


May God continue Fr. Moses’ service to us and bless him continually.