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Evangeliary - Coptic Wiki


A or book containing the text of the four Gospels, or, more usually, the sections from the Gospels meant to be read in liturgical services, arranged according to the liturgical calendar. The extant medieval manuscript evangeliaries of the Coptic church (the oldest being of 1249/1250) contain pericopes ( passages) with the version facing the Coptic or in Arabic alone, followed by double menologia. One, like the Greek menologion, lists saints, for whose commemorative days pericopes are indicated, and another, peculiar to the Copts, lists saints whose commemorative days have no proper Gospel reading.

These two types of menologion taken together are valuable for reconstructing the heortological calendar (a calendar for feast days) of the Coptic of Alexandria. In modern times the readings from the Gospels for use in the morning and evening of incense and in the eucharistic liturgy of the Coptic church are included in the printed editions of the LECTIONARY, together with liturgical readings from other books. The Coptic Catholics have twice printed an evangeliary as such, one for the entire year in only (Cairo, 1930) and one for Sundays and major feasts only in Coptic and Arabic (Cairo, 1931).


  • Malak, H. “Les Livres liturgiques de l’église copte.” Eugène Tisserant, Vol. 3. Studi e Testi 233, esp. pp. 9-12. City, 1964.
  • Nau, F. Les Ménologes des évangeliaires coptes-arabes. PO 10, pt. 2. Paris, 1913.