Coptic Church · History & Tradition

Who are the Copts? Part 1

Sons of Pharaohs The Copts are the rightful ancestors of the ancient Egyptians.  The term “Copt” is derived from the Greek word “Aigyptos” which is in turn derived from the ancient Egyptian word “Ha-ka-Ptah” which means, the house of the spirit of Ptah, a most highly revered deity in Egyptian mythology.  Since the Arab conquest… Continue reading Who are the Copts? Part 1

Coptic Church · History & Tradition · Rites & Rituals

Canons of Holy Bread Baking!

Im involved in making the Holy Bread at St Barbara & St Noufers Coptic Orthodox Church! Amongst the guys who bake the Holy Bread or “Orban”, we were discussing whether there were actually any guidelines or canons on how the Holy Bread should be made. Being Me, i stumbled across the Following book from the… Continue reading Canons of Holy Bread Baking!

Coptic Church · General Spirituality

Happy Feast of The Ascension

Today the Coptic Church celebrates the blessed feast of the Ascension which is celebrated 40 days after the Resurrection of Christ. Below is a wonderful contemplation by St Romanos a melodist (6th century in the Eastern Orthodox Chruch) on this wonderful Feast. He Who descended to earth, as He alone knew how, Rising up from… Continue reading Happy Feast of The Ascension

Coptic Church · General Spirituality · Rites & Rituals

Miracles That Occur In the Liturgy – St John Chyrsostom

At such a time angels stand by the Priest; and the whole sanctuary, and the space round about the altar, is filled with the powers of heaven, in honour of Him who lies thereon. For this, indeed, is capable of being proved from the very rites which are being then celebrated. I myself, moreover, have… Continue reading Miracles That Occur In the Liturgy – St John Chyrsostom

Coptic Church · Hymnology · Rites & Rituals

Hymns of Resurrection Part 1

A curious custom of the Coptic Church is the liturgy is prayed and sung in Coptic, the original language of ancient Egypt. The Church keeps alive the language of the pharaohs, which was written in hieroglyphics, hieratic and demotic and now a modified version of the Greek alphabet, Egyptian written in Greek and demotic (the Copt)… Continue reading Hymns of Resurrection Part 1

Coptic Church · History & Tradition

History of the Nile Valley Christians!

The Coptic Church was founded by St Mark the Evangelist who wrote the Gospel of St Mark. Hstory documents that St Mark entered into Egypt somewhere between 40-50AD Furthermore, while it is debated many scholars agree that the 1st Epistle of St Peter was written by St Peter in Egypt in the year 43AD. As… Continue reading History of the Nile Valley Christians!

Biblical Studies · Coptic Church · Rites & Rituals

Priesthood, Sacraments and the Anamnesis

Recently our parish Father, asked me to write a reply to one of our protestant brothers in regards to the following issues. 1. Concerning Priesthood 2. Concerning the Orthodox understanding of Sacraments 3. The true understanding of what really happens during communion and what is meant by remembrance or the Anamnesis. Below is the article… Continue reading Priesthood, Sacraments and the Anamnesis