ABLUTION The ablution, or washing of the hands, is performed by the priest twice during the liturgy. The first occurs just before the offering of the bread. The minister (priest or bishop) washes his hands and recites from Psalms 50:7-8 or 25:6-7, according to the majority of the manuscripts, although some manuscripts prescribe that he …

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Liturgical Instruments

LITURGICAL INSTRUMENTS The liturgical instruments of the Coptic church, as well as everything worn or used during the services, must be consecrated by the patriarch or a bishop as part of the general process of CONSECRATION. Basin and Ewer A basin and ewer are usually placed on a low wooden stand at the northern side …

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