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Friday, 26 November 2010

Coptic Rite



The liturgical rite used by the Coptic Church. It has three forms, that of Saint Cyril, Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, and Saint Basil. They differ only in the Anaphoras (Canons). The Anaphora of Saint Cyril, also called Saint Mark’s, together with the part common to all, is a duplicate of the Greek Saint Mark. When the translation into Coptic was made, certain well-known Greek forms were retained, but were written in Coptic characters. At present Saint Basil’s Liturgy is used on Sundays, weekdays, and for requiems; Saint Gregory’s on certain great feasts; and Saint Cyril’s during Lent and on Chrismas Eve.

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