The commentary of the Coptic Funeral Rite of the Patriarch spoken as if it was from the mouth of HH Pope Shenouda III. Once again as much confusion has arisen this is NOT HH personal will rather it is the Commentary to be read at the funeral of every Patriarch! The words I am going… Continue reading The Patriarchal Commentary!
Lit candles and Icon lamps (lampadas) have a special symbolic meaning in the Christian Church, and no Christian service can be held without them. In the Old Testament, when the first temple of God was built on earth the Tabernacle services were held in it with lamps as the Lord Himself had ordained (Ex. 40:5,… Continue reading Symbolism of Candles!
Epideacon is a Greek word consisting of two parts: “epi” i.e. under or helper, and “deacon” i.e. deacon, so the meaning is deacon’s helper. Conditions for ordaining: 1. He is not to be less than 20 years old in normal conditions, except if he is brilliant and outstanding in the church’s service, he is as… Continue reading I Want To Be A Deacon! Epideacon – Subdeacon
Anaghnostos is a Greek word formed of two parts: “Anagnoc” which means “chapter”, and “toc” which means “related to him”. So it means the chapter related to the reader, or the reader of chapters. Conditions for ordaining anaghnostos: 1. He is not to be less than 18 years old 2. witnessed by everyone for his good… Continue reading I Want To Be A Deacon! Anaghnostos – Reader
The Epsaltos Deacon – His name is derived from the Coptic word “Psalmos” i.e. Psalm or hymn. His job is clear from his name, learning hymns and tunes, and singing them in church. This rank was mentioned in some laws of the first church: The Epsaltos are also blessed by the Bishop Children may be… Continue reading The Rank of Epsaltos – Singer!
Starting from today we will begina six part series on Deaconship in the Coptic Orthodox Church. Bishop Mettaous will lead us through this series as he explores what it means to be a deacon and the 5 main ranks in the Coptic Church. I hope you thoroughly Enjoy this series as Deaconship is part of… Continue reading I Want To Be A Deacon – Part 1
During the Holy Liturgy, angels and Archangels, the Cherubim and the Seraphim, together with all the heavenly hosts are present and are surrounding the altar with great glory. At the awesome moment when the priest calls on the Holy Spirit to transform the bread and wine present on the altar into the Holy Body and… Continue reading How To Benefit From The Holy Liturgy!
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!
The Holy myron oil, is the oil used in the sacrament of confirmation to annoit the newly baptised as a way of them obtaining the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus instituted it when He said: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said,… Continue reading Tradition of the HOLY MYRON OIL
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
The Hymn of Tonseena is next in our series on Coptic Hymnology of Easter LYRICS We, the believers, praise and worship the Word, One in eternity with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation, for He agreed and accepted to go up on the cross, and to suffer death in… Continue reading Hymns of Resurrection Part 4
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
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
It is custom that when we enter the church that we bow down in front of the Sanctuary and kiss the curtain. However people seem not to have the slightest clue as to what this ancient tradition handed down from generation to generation actually means. So in an attempt to revive the tradition and its… Continue reading Kissing the Sanctuary Curtain