Events

Holy Week

HOLY WEEK Holy Week falls between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. The first description of the rite of the Holy Week is given by Egeria, a European woman from France who visited the Holy Lands between 381and 384. She provided a detailed description of the places she visited and the ceremonies that she attended. It …

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Nawruz

NAWRUZ The first day of the Coptic year, which corresponds to the 11th of September in the Gregorian calendar. The main theme of this feast is renovation. The church beseeches the blessing of God for the new year. The church chants in joyful tunes (faraihi). It appears that this feast may have its origin in …

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Coptic Community Council

COPTIC COMMUNITY COUNCIL A council made up of laymen to take part in the administration of community affairs. With the emergence of the Coptic church from its declining circumstances under the successive waves of persecution in the Middle Ages, its reawakening in modern times was associated with various attempts at reform. The first and most …

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Third Council Of Ephesus (476)

THIRD COUNCIL OF EPHESUS (476) After the death of Emperor Leo I (457-474), his two successors, Basilicus the Usurper (474-475) and Zeno (474-475, 476-491), intervened in the conflict between the supporters and the opponents of the Council of Chalcedon. In 468, an anti-Chalcedonian delegation of Egyptian monks and clergy sought to recall Timothy Aelurus, Bishop …

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Council Of Chalcedon

COUNCIL OF CHALCEDON After the death of the Emperor Theodosius II in 450, his sister Pulcheria married Marcian, who accordingly became emperor. The new imperial officials convoked a council at Chalcedon in order to see to the matters of the Eutychians and the Nestorians. As a result of this council, the Coptic patriarch Dioscorus was …

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