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Maundy Thursday

MAUNDY THURSDAY The hymn of Judas is sung in Greek in the Matins of the Maundy Thursday; according to Baumstark, this hymn may be dated to the sixth or seventh century. A manuscript from the John Rylands Library in Manchester contains a Prayer for the Basin “without sprinkling the lentils” (the interpretation of this phrase …

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Hail Mary

HAIL MARY A traditional prayer based upon the words of the Annunciation. The salutation by the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary in announcing the divine conception of Jesus Christ was, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” To this is added the salutation of Elizabeth when the Virgin Mary visited her: “Blessed …

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Nubian Liturgy

NUBIAN LITURGY Even at present Nubian liturgy remains obscure. It is evident, however, that Byzantine-Greek, Coptic, and native Nubian traditions all shared in the creation of a liturgical life of richness and intensity among the Nubian Christians of the Nile Valley between 500 and 1450. Evidence comes from two main sources. The first is the …

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Offertory

OFFERTORY In the early church, donations of bread and wine were made by the laity to be consecrated in the eucharistic service, and the term “offertory” came also to mean the prayers said by the priest during this part of the Divine Liturgy. In his epistle to the Corinthians, Saint Clement of Rome (fl. c. …

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Eucharistic Veils

EUCHARISTIC VEILS There are five types of eucharistic veils used in the Coptic church: altar veils, chalice veils, mats, paten and chalice veils, and paten veils. Altar Veil: The altar veil is a set of cloth coverings and curtains on and around the altar to provide the right protection and veneration during the liturgy. After …

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