Our Coptic Teachers

Our Coptic Teachers

You have been a father to our family
and are so still through these, nearly two
millennia that have passed since landing
with Peter on your shore.

As then, as ever we remain marked
by you and the priests you set here
to teach us of Him whose mark
with which we have been washed.

In the centuries the rest of the world does not remember,
since the symbol prepared by Athanasius,
we kept the mark of life despite Arians and gnostics.
When they came to call us infidels,

we who remained marked for eternal life
ever more the minority of minorities in your land,
held to that good news you, here, taught.
We mark with waters, passing through death to new life.

Those of us who remain have been honored this day,
to be witnesses again to Christ’s death and new life,
here, in Mark’s See of martyr’s crowns,
rewarded with children now home in God’s Kingdom

and the royal dignity to gift God’s love-taught forgiveness to those who sent
yet more of we, the ancestral family
of Mark’s Alexandrian Successors, to heavenly glory.