patriarch MARK II

Eucharist

EUCHARIST One of seven sacraments in the Coptic church. Although all sacraments contain and impart grace, the Eucharist carries the most sublime grace of all. In BAPTISM, for example, water remains water, as does the holy chrism in confirmation, the visible element of the sacrament thus undergoing no change. In the Eucharist, however, the bread …

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Agharwah

AGHARWAH A town of the uncertain location mentioned several times in the HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS. During the patriarchate of JOHN III, Agharwah and Sakhitus, both of which had been Chalcedonian (that is, Greek Orthodox) communities, entered into the Coptic national church. The patriarch MARK II (799-819) stopped at Agharwah while journeying from Cairo to …

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