DAYR AL-BARAMUS

Dayr Anba Bishoi (Scetis)

DAYR ANBA BISHOI (Scetis) History This is one of the surviving ancient monasteries in SCETIS (modern Wadi al-Natrun). There is no historically reliable information on its foundation, but on the basis of what little is known of the earliest monastic establishments in Scetis, it may be surmised that it grew from a settlement, or laura, …

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Refectory

REFECTORY “table of the brethren,” a standard element of monastery architecture, especially in cenobite monasticism, the room in which the monks took their common meals. According to the oldest examples so far identified in Egypt (Grossmann, 1982, pp. 162-63), the monks did not sit at long tables as is the custom today. Instead, they sat …

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Pilgrimages

PILGRIMAGES There are more than sixty centers of Coptic pilgrimage in Egypt, of which the main ones are those of the Virgin Mary at Musturud, Saint Menas at Maryut, Saint George (Mar Jirjis) of Mit Damsis, Sitt Dimyanah near Bilqas, and Anba Shinudah at Dayr al-Abyad, near Suhaj. For the Copts, pilgrimage is a religious …

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Matthew IV

MATTHEW IV Pope of Alexandria and 102nd patriarch of the See of Saint Mark (1660-1675). Matthew (Mattawus or Matta al-Miri) of Mir in Upper Egypt was a monk of DAYR AL-BARAMUS when he was selected to the patriarchate. He remained in office for fourteen years and six months. This is all the information supplied by …

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Matthew III

MATTHEW III One-hundredth patriarch of the See of Saint Mark (1634-1649). Matthew is described in the HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS as al-Tukhi, which fixes his provenance as the city of Tuhk al-Nasara in Lower Egypt. His biography is less than three lines in the History, where his dates of investiture and death are mentioned. It …

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Mcoptic Migration

COPTIC MIGRATION The Copts as a community were sedentary by nature and upbringing. They loved the land of their birth and were averse to migration to other countries throughout their long history. The idea of moving from their ancestral home to a new milieu in search of better opportunities dawned upon them only recently, after …

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