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Hagiography Bibliography

HAGIOGRAPHY BIBLIOGRAPHY Abd -al-Masih, Yassa. “Doxologies in the Coptic Church. Edited Bohairic Doxologies.” Bulletin de la Societe d’Archeologie Copte 6 (1940): 19-76. ———. “Doxologies in the Coptic Church: The Use of Doxologies.” Bulletin de la Societe d’Archeologie Copte 4 (1938): 97-113. ———. “Doxologies in the Coptic Church. Unedited Sa’idic Doxologies Volumes XIII and XIV of …

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Coptic Calendar

COPTIC CALENDAR The Coptic calendar, sometimes referred to as the Alexandrian Calendar, is based on the ancient Egyptian calendar of the solar year. This calendar system continued to be used by the Coptic Church. The Coptic year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each, followed by five more days, called epagomenai, as well …

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Coptic Calendar

COPTIC CALENDAR Early Egyptian Christians, like those elsewhere, took systems of reckoning time used in the world that they knew, modified them, and adapted them to their own observances and practices. The civil day of Christians in Egypt began in the morning, as did that of the ancient Egyptians and the Romans; but their liturgical …

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Coptic Hagiography

COPTIC HAGIOGRAPHY Egypt was influenced by the Greek culture, hence many of the hagiographical texts were written first in this language and translated later into Coptic. It is important to use the classical hagiographical tools such as Bibliotheca Hagiographica Orientalis and the Bibliotheca Sanctorum (16 vols., Rome 1965-1976), in addition to the bibliography in each …

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Archangel

ARCHANGEL (Coptic, ar,/aggeloc, from the Greek ¢rc£ggeloj, arkhaggelos), superhuman being dwelling in heaven who reveals to man God’s will and executes His commands. Archangels occupy the eighth of the nine ranks in the hierarchy of the heavenly host, which has a threefold structure (see ANGELS). A Coptic doxology, forming part of the service of the …

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Lectionary

LECTIONARY A set of four books containing the readings for the various liturgies of the Coptic church. Different lectionaries existed according to different rites in Upper and in Lower Egypt; it was only with the coming of the printing press (see CYRIL IV) that a certain uniformity evolved among the Coptic churches in the whole …

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Copto-Arabic Synaxarion

COPTO-ARABIC SYNAXARION A list of saints used in the Coptic church Editions of the Synaxarion This book, which has become a liturgical book, is very important for the history of the Coptic church. It appears in two forms: the recension from Lower Egypt, which is the quasi-official book of the Coptic church from Alexandria to …

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Saint Barsum The Naked

SAINT BARSUM THE NAKED Numerous sources assure us of Barsum’s historicity and give us some details of his life. He was born to a well-to-do family in Cairo at an unstated date. He lost his parents while he was young, and his maternal uncle became his guardian. When the uncle squandered his ward’s inheritance, Barsum …

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