Holy Pascha: Order of Holy Week Services in the Coptic Orthodox Church. This book contains the text and rites of one of the most holiest seasons in the Coptic. Image: The Holy Pascha: Order of Holy Week Services in the Coptic Orthodox Church by Coptic Orthodox Church of Saint Mark. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only.
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Here is a summary of what I could surmise as being the current practice as well as history of the Holy Week, with a particular emphasis on the Coptic Church. Further below you will also foptic a PowerPoint presentation that I used to teach about this subject that you may download and use as desired.
How long is Holy Week?
Holy Pascha : St Mark Coptic Church :
Monday coptiv Thursday there are usually two main services: Monday through Wednesday Theme: The theme of Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week can psacha summarized as: The words chanted are:. But he whom He finds sleeping is unworthy of going with Him.
Therefore, take heed, O my soul, that you may not fall into deep sleep, and then be cast out of the Kingdom. Wednesday and Thursday Eve Focus: The Institution of the Mystical Supper: Weekly commemoration throughout the year.
Every week, we commemorate the events of Holy Week:. Here is a timeline of significant events that shaped the rites and rubrics of Holy Pascha Week in the Coptic Orthodox Church.
Eventually by the time of the Council of Nicea, all jurisdictions commemorated the entire week. We see the early Church commemorated Wednesdays and Fridays by a fast. This is an ancient practice that we still do today. Unfortunately it has become nearly obsolete among most Christians, and even among those who retain the practice to some extent, it is often not followed sadly.
Athanasius writes a Festal Letter describing the Pascha fast as being 6 days long. Macarius monastery, reformed the Pascha rites as follows:. Al-Safawy Ibn Al-Assal—historian, captures certain rites according to his understanding as follows note the practice of fasting Wednesdays and Fridays was a requirement expected of all Christians until 3pm, and notice also the stringent tone he strikes in its application:.
Coptic Book of the Holy Pascha
No meat or wine be consumed in paschw six days, because they are days of sorrow. But for Friday and Saturday, those who can, fast them together as one day. But if you can not fast the two days, be sure to fast the Saturday because the bridegroom is taken.
Image above was a picture I took of the St. Anthony monastery in Egypt when I had the blessing of visiting.
For a PowerPoint presentation of the History of Holy Week which I created and used for my lecture on this subject, you can download it here.
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History of the Holy Pascha (“Passover”) Week in the Coptic Church – ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN MEETS WORLD
Spiritual Experiences in Italy Series: The coptuc chanted are: Every week, we commemorate the events of Holy Week: Macarius monastery, reformed the Pascha rites as follows: Shortened the Pascha services Organized and arranged rubrics of the readings Shortened the total amount of readings Selected suitable Old and New testament readings Divided the service in 5 morning and evening hours c.
Gathered better readings Tried to make the reading lengths in each hour similar Published it in a Pascha Lectionary Added sermons, many of which from Abba Shenouda the Archimandrite, whose monastery this bishop was from.
This explains why we see so many writings of Abba Shenouda the Archimandrite in the Pascha services. Arranged for 4 gospels to be read in entirety.
Al-Safawy Ibn Al-Assal—historian, captures certain rites according to his understanding as follows note the copgic of fasting Wednesdays and Fridays was a requirement expected of all Christians until 3pm, and notice also the stringent tone he strikes in its application: Please send me a note through the contact me page of this site so I can send you a direct message Like Like.
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