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The Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Mary and St. Simeon the Tanner (MUQATTAM)

The Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Mary and St. Simeon the Tanner (MUQATTAM) IN 1969 THE GOVERNOR OF CAIRO issued a decree that ordered all the trash collectors of Cairo to move to one of the Muqattam hills behind the Citadel. There they built themselves primitive houses, simple huts of tin that are called in …

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Chrism

CHRISM Also known as holy Myron, the sacred oil used in anointing and in ceremonies of consecration. The tradition of using this sacred oil goes back to the Old Testament (Ex. 30) where God ordered Moses to prepare an anointing oil compounded from myrrh, cinnamon, cassia, and sweet calamus mixed with pure olive oil. It …

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Babylon

BABYLON The oldest part of the city of Cairo. Babylon is situated on the east bank of the Nile, to some extent on the border between Upper and Lower Egypt. The same spot marks the mouth of a canal, originally cut about 600 B.C., which connected the Nile to the Red Sea. The city was …

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Consecration Of Altar

CONSECRATION OF ALTAR Anointing a new altar is the culmination of the ceremonial consecration of a new church. The elaborate service, rich in prayers and petitions, is a reflection of the reverence felt toward the holy table, the plaholy table, the place where, at every celebration ce wher, at every celebration of the Divine Liturgy, …

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