LITURGY OF THE MATINS

The Vespers and the Matins are called the “Offering of Incense” in the Coptic Church. They are very similar. They appeared under one section in the edited . They begin with the Prayer of Thanksgiving, followed by a called “The Verses of the Cymbals” (Arba‘ al-Naqus). The priest then prays the Vesper prayers (Prayer for Intercessions).

The congregation chants the , followed by the recital of the Nicene Creed. The priest prays “O have mercy upon us,” followed by the Litany for the Gospel, and then the reading. The Vesper prayers conclude with the Litanies for the Church, for the , and for the congregation, and finally the Lord’s Prayer and the absolutions.

GAWDAT GABRA