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CopticLibrary.net is proud to present ‘iCoptic’ – your spiritual resource on your iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.
Meditate on the daily liturgical readings of the Coptic Orthodox Church from the Katamerous (lectionary), Synexarium (lives of the saints), pray from the Agpeya (book of hours) and read the writings of the Holy Church Fathers. No internet connection is necessary as all the readings are on your device!!
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Alhan.org is proud to introduce the first audio streaming and downloading application of Coptic hymns with both Coptic and English lyrics, accessing all content available on www.alhan.org.
This version contains both ENGLISH and ARABIC!
The Coptic Orthodox Agpeya (Agpia), is a prayer book, “the book of hours”. It contains prayers for 7 different hours to be said out throughout the day. The hours are chronologically laid out in a neat way, each containing a theme corresponding to events in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Coptic Prayer of The Seven Hours
It is an audio app, so you can listen to it in your car. May be on your way to work?
It is pretty simple to use. You just tap the prayer you want to listen to.
Yes, absolutely. We are a community made up of both cradle-born Orthodox Christians and those who have con verted to the faith. We are very comfortable with new comers, inquirers, and visitors. Anyone who wishes to dis cover ancient Coptic Orthodox Christianity is welcome. If you have questions, Fr. Daniel will be happy to answer them, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about what we do and why.
In planning your visit, please email Fr. Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church ahead of time, and someone will greet you and direct you to a place to sit. In attending the service of Raising of Incense or the Divine Liturgy, we have books available with the text of the prayers, we have a large PowerPoint presentation with the text of the prayers, and you also have the option to simply close your eyes and let your heart and mind enter into the spirit of the Church’s ancient and beautiful worship of God. In addition, a person will be available to sit with you and guide you through the service.
Following the Sunday Divine Liturgy, you are invited to join us for a “coffee hour” which is a good time to get to know our parish members and meet our priests.
On Saturday evenings, the Evening Raising of Incense service (Vespers) is generally 45 minutes in length, followed by a short homily in Arabic (which you need not attend if you do not understand the language). On Sunday mornings, a similar service (Matins) is celebrated before the Divine Liturgy from 8:00-8:30 AM. Afterwards, the Divine Liturgy is approximately 2 hours in length with an English homily at approximately 9:30 a.m. and the Distribution of the Mystery of the Eucharist from 10:30-11:00 AM. We understand this may seem like a very long service, but we know that when you have participated in an Orthodox service you will feel like you have truly worshipped the living God. While following the texts and meditating on the words of the prayers and the story of Salvation, time passes quickly.
The general rule for men and women is to dress appropriately, modestly and respectfully as before the living God. We ask that you not wear shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, low-cut or strap less dresses (unless covered by a sweater, etc.).
All children are welcome and encouraged to attend our services. Each parent is responsible to take care of their child. Though the children might not grasp the depth of the service, their seeing the icons, smelling of incense, hearing the chants, etc. is an important part of the child’s spiritual formation. If your baby or child gets fussy, talkative, or has a melt-down, just simply step out into the cry room or anywhere outside of the nave until he or she is ready to return quietly.
On Sundays, we provide Sunday school in small groups for children, from the age of 3 through to grade twelve immediately following the service. In addition, there is an English Bible Study in the Nave of the church which goes from about 11:15 AM until 12:15.
The traditional posture for prayer and worship in the Orthodox Church is to stand, as before the King of the uni verse! In many churches and monasteries in Egypt, there are typically no pews in the churches. Chairs or benches on the side walls are usually reserved for the elderly and infirm. In America, we build our churches with pews or chairs, so you may sit. However, it is appropriate to stand during the Gospel reading, the Anaphora through the Institution Narrative, the distribution of the Holy Mystery, when the priest gives a blessing, and at the Dismissal.
Lighting candles is an important part of Orthodox worship and piety. We light candles as we pray, making an offering to accompany our prayers. Orthodox typically light candles when coming into the church, but there are times when candles should not be lit. Candles should not be lit during the Epistle or Gospel readings, and during the sermon. You do not have to be an Orthodox Christian to light a candle and pray!
Orthodox priests may only serve the Holy Eucharist to baptized members in good stand ing of the canonical Orthodox Church, who regularly confess, and who participate in the Church fasts, especially before partaking of the Holy Eucharist. These traditions are ancient and have been part of the Holy Church for the 2,000 years of Her history. The Orthodox Church understands the Holy Eucharist as a mystery of the real presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, not simply as a memorial, or merely in a spiritual sense, as many other non-Orthodox Christians do. Rather than trying to accommodate to often varying “interpretations” or revisions of this and other doctrines of the ancient faith, we simply ask that you respect the ancient, apostolic tradition and join us in receiving the Eulogia (blessed bread), at the end of the Divine Liturgy.
Between 65–75% of the traditional Cop tic Liturgy involves congregational singing. Coptic Christians do not use musical instruments with the exception of the cymbals and triangle, which are used simply to keep musical time. A choir of chanters leads the congregation in harmonious chant, usually in Coptic or English. Our hymns are solemn, prayerful and intended to lead the faithful to worship the living God.
New visitors will find there are many new things to experience in a Coptic Orthodox Church service. Feel free to go at your own pace, ask any questions you want, and know you are most welcome to “come and see.”
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Please see the following to read some of the colorful history of our Church.
The Coptic Orthodox Church is an Apostolic church with a rich history. It has endured close to 2,000 years of persecution, but was still very influential in Christian theology and monasticism, and is still known today as the Church of Martyrs. This history of the Coptic Orthodox Church was taken from “The Altar in the Midst of Egypt: A Brief Introduction to the Coptic Orthodox Church” by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, the Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in the United Kingdom.
If you would like to request a visitation from one of our priests, you can now fill out a visitation request simply by clicking HERE
I know many of you have already heard about the killings of Christians in Egypt and Iraq. We have a duty to our brothers and sisters in both these countries to raise awareness of their plight.
One of the easiest ways to do so is to write your Congressman. Attached is a document that states who is your congressman based on where you live and how you can contact them. Also attached is a template already written to a congressman regarding this issue. Simply change the name to your appropriate congressman, add your signature and then send the document (unless of course you wish to write your own personal letter to your congressman).
Don’t miss this chance to help so many people who are reeling and in need of our support. God bless you all.