Nihov.org began as a concept in January of 2008. It originally began because of a great need for online registration for many Coptic events. Organizations such as ECCYC, Coptic Society, OCC, etc... inquired about online registration options only to find they were limited. Nihov.org was then initiated to serve as a dynamic solution adapting as event hosts may need.
Nihov.org is a youth based web initiative, who's mission is to facilitate an online registration system for Coptic events, to promote the unification of the Coptic church through communication of such events, and all the while, making the process easier for both event planners and attendees.
The vision of Nihov.org is that:
- all the Coptic events in the world will be registered on this site,
- the centralized nature of the site will decrease the overlap of event scheduling,
- this service will increase attendance in all the events through its ease of use,
- this service will glorify God's holy name.
Our faith was handed down to us from the Father, through the Logos, and by the Holy Spirit. "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one." (1 John 5:7) After man sinned and was condemned to hell, there was no other way to save him than by offering an infinite and perfect redeemer to be sacrificed instead of him - our Lord Jesus Christ. Perfect in His humanity and perfect in His divinity, He died in flesh so that we may live forever after our passing. He then rose from the dead so that we can have a personal relationship with Him. We have become God's children that He bought with His priceless blood.
Our faith is summarized in the Nicene Creed:
"Truly, we believe in One God, God the Father, the Pantocrator, Who Created Heaven and earth, and of all things seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God, Begotten of the Father before all ages.
Light of Light; True God of True God; begotten, not created; of One Essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary, and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate. Suffered and was buried.
He rose from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures. Ascended to the heavens, He sits at the right hand of His Father and He is coming again in His glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end.
Yes we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord the Life-Giver, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets. And in one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."
Saint Mark, one of the Christ-appointed seventy apostles and writer of the earliest Gospel, came to Egypt ushering in the dawn of Christian faith. St. Mark arrived in Alexandria around the year 55 AD, and was martyred in the year 68 AD. In that short period, St. Mark was able to preach the Gospel, convert many people, and found the Church in Egypt. Since that time, Christianity spread like fire throughout the country. St. Mark gave Egypt a Gospel to live by, a Liturgy to pray with, and started a school (Alexandrian School of Theology) to ensure that the faith be kept pure and unblemished. As a result, the See of Alexandria was the leading source of authority in Christian Theology during the first four centuries AD (Until the Byzantine and the later Arab conquests). The famous School of Alexandria was home to great leaders in theology such as Saints Athanasius, Clement, Cyril, and Origin.
Today, the Coptic Church is under the leadership of our Holy Father and Patriarch, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. Through his guidance, churches have been established all across the world. In North America, there are over 150 churches and more than 200 priests. In addition, he has established Theological Seminaries, Monasteries, colleges, schools, and youth centers. In his papacy, the church has experienced an unprecedented rate of expansion and growth. Through God's infinite grace, we hope that this service will be of benefit and continue to glorify God's holy name.
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