Our Parent Church
St. Luke American Coptic Orthodox Church
Pigori Productions is an extension of the work of its parent church, St. Luke American Coptic Orthodox Church based in South Florida. Many of the creative leaders and volunteers are active members of St. Luke ACOC, where they are involved with various projects.
Through the leadership of Fr. Suriel Costandi St. Luke American Coptic Orthodox Church was founded in 2018 with the goal of expanding Orthodoxy within South Florida. The church began as St. Luke’s American Coptic Orthodox Fellowship (St. Luke’s ACOF), a vibrant fellowship under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Youssef of young adults in South Florida who love and serve God the Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and one another. Like St. Luke ACOC, the ACOF was designed with the objective to learn, live, and share the Coptic Orthodox Christian faith within the local community and abroad by hosting meetings and events for prayer, spiritual growth, fellowship, evangelism, and community service. Through this vision, the rapid development of St. Luke’s ACOF later enabled it to grow into St. Luke American Coptic Orthodox Church, praying it’s first liturgy in November of 2018.
To learn more about St. Luke’s American Coptic Orthodox Fellowship or St. Luke American Coptic Orthodox Church, click here.
The Coptic Orthodox Church has a rich history and origins dating back to 43 AD. The word “Copt” comes from the Greek word “Aigyptos”, meaning Egyptian, referring to the Christian population.
“AND HE SAID TO THEM,
‘GO INTO ALL THE WORLD
AND PREACH THE GOSPEL
TO EVERY CREATURE.’”
MARK 16:15 NKJV
Shortly after the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Saint Mark the Evangelist visited Egypt spreading the good news, preaching the gospel, and establishing the churches. The Coptic Church is now led by the Pope of Alexandria, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II who is 118th in succession to St. Mark the Evangelist. Our faith is rooted in the traditions of the apostles and has remained true to their original practices.
Oriental Orthodoxy is the fourth largest communion of Christian churches comprised of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, with about 76 million members worldwide. As one of the oldest religious institutions in the world, it has played a prominent role in the history, defense and richness of Christianity across the globe. We follow the Nicene Creed, a statement of faith, adopted by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD and expanded upon in the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD. The Coptic Orthodox Church rejects the Council of Chalcedon of 451 AD where there was a dispute over the nature of Christ, thereby resulting in the division and split between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. We believe in One God - the Coessential Trinity. We believe and confess the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ who is fully divine and fully human.
To learn more about the history, beliefs, and traditions of the Coptic Orthodox Church, click here.
To find a Coptic Church near you, visit the Nihov Directory.