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Hosanna

HOSANNA Hebrew word, meaning “save us.” In the Coptic liturgy, it relates to Palm Sunday. In the 12th century, Abu al-Makarim wrote his book, the History of the Churches and Monasteries in Egypt. The feast of Palm Sunday was a special ceremony in his church (Church of the Holy Virgin in Haret Zuwylah in Old …

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Dayr Apa Hor (Siryaqus)

DAYR APA HOR (Siryaqus) This monastery, probably situated near the town of Siryaqus, in the province of al-Qalyubyyah, about 12 miles (20 km) north of Cairo, is described by al-Shabushti (end of tenth or beginning of eleventh century) as populated by numerous monks. Its festivals attracted a great number of people. The author relates the …

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Theotokia

THEOTOKIA Part of the Psalmodia service. According to Abu al-Barakat ibn Kabar, in his encyclopedia The Lamp of Darkness for the Explanation of the Service, the compiler of the Theotokia was a virtuous potter who became a monk in Scetis. He adds that some people consider St. Athanasius to be the author of the Theotokia. …

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Tubh

TUBH (Arabic, plural Tubuhat). This is a Coptic word meaning “pray for.” The Tubuhat were introduced as deacon’s responses in the liturgy or in the Holy Week (for the liturgies, see the Anaphora of St. Basil, St. Gregory, and St. Cyril). The Tubuhat of the morning service of the Holy Week was composed before the …

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