Shamm Al-Nasim

SHAMM AL-NASIM Literally, “sniffing the breeze.” It signifies the rising of the Egyptian people, Coptic as well as Muslim, at dawn to go to fields and gardens to inhale the pure air of the first day of spring, when the new vegetation is green and the Nile flood starts swelling. This is one of the […]

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Waq‘At Al-Kana’is (The Incident Of The Churches)

WAQ‘AT AL-KANA’IS The first demonstration of the presence of widely organized Muslim religious brotherhoods in Egypt and of their deep impact on the populace, which they manipulated in the Mamluk period. On one day in 1321, the populace, incited and led by members of these brotherhoods, destroyed, pillaged, and burned over sixty of the main […]

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Triumph Of The Cross

TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS A subject of rich Christian significance and the theme of a tapestry in the collection of Coptic textiles in the Louvre. About 4 feet (1.20 meters) high and 6.8 feet (2.10 meters) long, it was created in the technique of “looped” fabric, which produced a relief effect. This tapestry has suffered […]

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Coptic Congress Of Asyut (6-8 March 1911)

COPTIC CONGRESS OF ASYUT (6-8 March 1911) Meeting attended by 1,150 delegates acting on behalf of 10,500 Copts, with Bushra Hanna as chairman, and Tawfiq Doss as secretary. The congress was convened against a background of controversy and contrary to the wishes of Patriarch CYRIL V (1874-1927), as well as the moderate elements in the […]

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Triumph Of Christ

TRIUMPH OF CHRIST The theme of the triumph of Christ is connected to the theme of the four creatures. On 8 Hatur the Coptic SYNAXARION commemorates the Four Bodiless Beasts that bear the throne of God. It includes references to the four six-winged creatures of Revelation 4 (a lion, a calf, a man, and a […]

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Laying Of The Cornerstone Church

LAYING OF THE CORNERSTONE CHURCH A box is prepared, containing the Bible, a silver cross, a current coin, and a certificate containing the names of the patriarch, the governor, the bishop, the priest, and the leaders of the congregations, that is certified by the officials and dated. The bishop then takes the box, puts it […]

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Dormition Of The Virgin Mary

DORMITION OF THE VIRGIN MARY The Coptic calendar has two feasts for the Holy Virgin, the 21st of Tuba, the Dormition of the Virgin, and the 16th of Misra, the Assumption of the Virgin. The earliest manuscript, which contains a homily on the Assumption of the Virgin, is a papyrus preserved in the Pierpont Morgan […]

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Monthly Festal Days

MONTHLY FESTAL DAYS Traditionally, the Coptic Orthodox Church would celebrate two feast days for prominent martyrs, the timing of which would generally fall during the summer and winter. One feast day would commemorate the saint’s martyrdom, and the second would be the consecration of the saint’s church. This practice was later extended to incorporate a […]

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Holy Cross Day

HOLY CROSS DAY The Coptic Church celebrates the Feast of the Cross on the 17th of Tut (27 September) and on the 10th of Baramhat (19 March). The first date commemorates the discovery of the Cross by Queen Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, in the fourth century. The second date commemorates the recovery […]

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