Is It Syami?

Syami, Fasting, Oreo

 By: Fr Mark Basily

“The true fast is that in which sins, anger, tongue, and instincts are under control”
- St Basil the Great

During these most holy days of Lent, one of the most common questions asked when  deciding what to purchase from the supermarket is:  “Is it syami (is it fasting)”? You quickly turn the item around and start to read the ingredients to ensure that the product does not contain any animal products. Every now and then you get really excited when you discover a product that is enjoyable to eat and still conforms to the requirements of the Coptic Orthodox fast (just like the day when I discovered Oreos were syami!).

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New Monastery Project

I am delighted to announce to you our new Project that we have been waiting on for a long time. This Project will consist of a large Cathedral that will accommodate nearly five hundred people, a Services Centre which will include; Lounge Areas, Dining Areas, Bookshop, Offices and Other Facilities. This project will be a great addition to our blessed Churches in Australia, and will serve the many generations to come. This Project has been blessed and approved by H.H. Pope Shenouda III.

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Your generous contribution is very much appreciated.

Bank: Westpac Bank

Account Name: Coptic Orthodox St Shenouda Monastery

Account Number: 264333 ? ? ?BSB: 032274

Now you can deposit the money using direct debit

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God Bless you all,

Bishop Anba Daniel

Bishop and Abbot of St Shenouda Monastery

Sydney, Australia