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!