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H.G. Bishop Karas
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The Departed Bishop and Abbot His Grace Bishop Karas
A Message from the Bishopric of Youth Affairs to the Monastery of St. Antony the Great

A face of light, a loving heart, a pious Bishop, a pure Monk, Abba Karas has departed from us, to Paradise. He was a rare example of the simplicity of Christ and His forbearance, of a holy and pure life, and of true monasticism in its angelic traits.

He departed from us after having given numerous testimonies to Christ Whom he loved, to the Monastery which he served, and to the Church to which he belonged:
"The Thrice Blessed Bishop Karas" Remembered by the Members of His Family
His Grace Bishop Karas was the first Bishop in the Diaspora, and the first Bishop and Abbot of the first Coptic Orthodox Monastery in the United States and Canada.

  His Grace was born on 18th March, 1955 to pious parents and he was named Sourial Ayad Sourial. In his childhood and in his youth, he was closely attached to the Church, constantly partaking of the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist and reading the Holy Bible; he loved the praises and the hymns.
Biography of H.G. Bishop Karas
H.G. Bishop Karas, the first Bishop in the land of immigration and the first Bishop and Abbot of the first Coptic Orthodox Monastery in the U.S.A. and Canada.
H.G. Bishop Karas
"Our Beloved Father and Shepherd The Thrice Blessed Bishop Karas has Departed from this Evanescent World"

We have been physically deprived from his smiling angelic face, but we know with certitude that he is with us in spirit, praying our Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf.

The Church teaches us that there is no death for the servants of the Lord, but only a transfer. The transfer of a Saint is a feast, and for this reason the prayers at the funeral ceremony which were held on the third day after the Feast of the Epiphany, on the day of the Feast of the Wedding at Cana, were said in the tone of joy.

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