When members of St. Mary and St. Antonio’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Ridgewood gathered for New Year’s Eve, it wasn’t a festive occasion.

Instead, they mourned 21 Coptic Christians killed and nearly 100 others injured by a suicide bomber outside a church in Alexandria, Egypt, just hours before.

“It sheds a dark cloud over a season that’s supposed to be so joyous,” said the Rev. Michael Sorial of the Queens church.

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AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Dozens of Coptic Christians – including the Rev. Anthony Hanna – attended a Dec. 14 rally outside the United Nations to protest ongoing violence in Egypt.