LAQQAN

Dayr Anba Bisadah

DAYR ANBA BISADAH History This monastery, on the right bank of the Nile in the village of al- Ahaywah Sharq, about 11 miles (18 km) south of Akhmim, preserves the memory and the relics of a martyr bishop in the fourth century, PSOTE. He was bishop of the town of Psoi/Ptolemais, which at least in …

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Paul, Bishop Of Bahnasa

PAUL A fourteenth-century bishop of Bahnasa. He is the author of a recitation for the consecration of the LAQQAN (basin) for the feast of the apostles Peter and Paul, written in Coptic and Arabic. The oldest manuscript is dated 1374. BIBLIOGRAPHY Burmester, O. H. E. “Two Services of the Coptic Church Attributed to Peter, Bishop …

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Holy Week

HOLY WEEK The week immediately preceding the feast of the Resurrection (see FEASTS, MAJOR), a period rich in reminiscences of the ultimate stage of salvation. Following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday, the faithful worshipers reenact, step by step, the last scenes of the life of Christ, with observances gradually rising in …

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Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday commemorates Christ’s institution of the sacrament of Eucharist; “Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all …

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Feasts, Minor

FEASTS, MINOR There are seven minor feasts celebrated by the Coptic church. Feast of Circumcision This feast occurs on 6 Tubah. The practice of circumcision started with Abraham, in fulfillment of God’s covenant (Gn. 17:9-14), by which every male child should be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth. According to the New Testament, …

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Liturgy Of The Epiphany

EPIPHANY, LITURGY OF THE The celebration of the Epiphany, one of the seven major feasts (see FEASTS, MAJOR) of the Coptic church, takes place on the eve of 12 Tubah. It commemorates the manifestation of the divinity of Jesus Christ as He was baptized in the river Jordan. There are four services on this feast. …

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Churches In Akhmim

Churches in Akhmim Of the numerous churches in Akhmim, two are of some historical interest. The Church of Abu Sayfayn is situated in the southeastern part of the city. A walled enclosure is partitioned into two unequal parts by a wall. The larger area contains a cemetery of the Ottoman period and some dependent structures. …

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