The Coptic Orthodox Church is an Apostolic Church, not only
because her founder is St. Mark the Apostle who ministered
in Egypt, ordained a bishop, priests, and deacons to aid him
in his ministry and was martyred in Alexandria, and not only
because her first Patriarch is St. Mark's successor through
an unbroken chain of popes since the apostolic age, but also
because she preserves the apostolic thought in her life, spirituality,
liturgies and dogmas. She is actually a living extension of
the apostolic church without deviation.
The Coptic Church is sometimes accused of exaggerated conservatism
and refusal of concessions. As a matter of fact she is not
stagnant or stolid but faithful and conservative, preserving
the apostolic life, and desiring to offer the gift of faith
in all its aspects throughout the ages.
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Church, Part I
Church, Part II: Birth of the Church
Church, Part III: The Birth of the Church
Church, Part IV: St Mark, the Apostle and Beholder of God
Church V: Successor's of St Mark the Apostle
Church VI: St. Demetrius, the Vinedresser