Tag: Coptic Orthodox Church

Heritage Omitted is Heritage Denied: Recognizing Coptic Palm Sunday Practices
Culture and Arts

Heritage Omitted is Heritage Denied: Recognizing Coptic Palm Sunday Practices

Recognition of the Coptic Palm Sunday practices is crucial for the politics of inclusive heritage globally as much as locally. From the early centuries, for Coptic Christians in Egypt, Palm Sunday has been a day of widespread popular celebrations that far surpasses the religious ceremony associated with the occasion of commemorating the entry of Christ…

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A Charismatic Coptic Priest: Abouna Makary Younan (1934-2022)
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Orthodoxy and Modernity

A Charismatic Coptic Priest: Abouna Makary Younan (1934-2022)

by Febe Armanios On January 11, renowned Coptic Orthodox priest Abouna Makary Younan (1934-2022) died in Cairo of complications from COVID-19. His death quickly followed that of his wife Mama Souna, who suffered from the same illness and passed away on January 7. Based in the old Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of St. Mark in Cairo’s…

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Human Rights and Persecution Economies
Public Life, Religion and Politics

Human Rights and Persecution Economies

by Candace Lukasik | Ελληνικά Earlier this year, I published a short piece with Anthropology News on Coptic Christian persecution in Egypt, American power, and racism in the United States. I then received a barrage of social media criticism claiming that I overemphasized racism against Copts in the US, and in so doing eschewed focus…

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The Limitless Hope of Bishop Samuel (1920–1981)
Theology

The Limitless Hope of Bishop Samuel (1920–1981)

by Samuel Kaldas | Ελληνικά Few Copts today remember Bishop Samuel, the first General Bishop of Ecumenical and Social Services. They do not hang his picture in their homes or keep it in their wallets as they do with his contemporaries like Pope Kyrillos VI or Pope Shenouda III. Those who have heard of him…

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Coptic Orthodox Communion in the Age of COVID-19
Liturgical Life

Coptic Orthodox Communion in the Age of COVID-19

by Febe Armanios | ελληνικά The Eucharist or communion is one of seven sacraments at the heart of the Coptic Orthodox faith. The sacrament takes place during the Liturgy of the Faithful—the “Anaphora,” which concludes with receiving communion. Copts consider communion as a “mystery.” They favor the older verbiage of “change,” meaning that the elements…

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Debating Christmas Day: Copts, Calendars, and the Immigrants’ Church
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Debating Christmas Day: Copts, Calendars, and the Immigrants’ Church

by Michael Akladios and Candace Lukasik This essay is co-published with the Coptic Canadian History Project. A longer version is available on the CCHP website. On December 11, 2019, Metropolitan Serapion and the clergy of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii wrote a statement pronouncing that Christmas celebrations will be held in…

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Domestic Violence and Accountable Actions in the Orthodox Church
Ethics, Women in the Church

Domestic Violence and Accountable Actions in the Orthodox Church

by Mariz Tadros My last essay spoke about breaking the silence around the invisible women in the Orthodox Church experiencing spousal violence and how we need accountable theology to stop the promotion of the notion that domestic violence is a cross to bear—but that both are essential but insufficient measures of redress. Here I probe…

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Not a Cross to Bear<span class='secondary-title'>Domestic Violence, Coptic Christianity, and the Need for Accountable Theology</span>
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics

Not a Cross to BearDomestic Violence, Coptic Christianity, and the Need for Accountable Theology

by Mariz Tadros On the 18th of May, 2019 G., a Coptic female nurse living in Sydney, Australia was suffocated by a plastic bag and stabbed seven times as she was leaving the hospital after completing her night shift. The murderer was her husband. Insider information suggested that on the 16th of May, a high-ranking…

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Orthodox Christians in the Middle East
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Orthodox Christians in the Middle East

by Paul Gadalla Orthodox churches in the Middle East are facing their gravest existential threat since the Arab Conquest. The church communities in Christianity’s historic cradle are faced with shrinking flocks due to the lure of immigration, threats of sectarian violence, and increasing societal marginalization. With fewer members and less clout, church leaders have bet…

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Modernity, Murder, and Coptic Identity
Religion and Conflict

Modernity, Murder, and Coptic Identity

by Candace Lukasik On July 29, 2018, one of the most beloved bishops and scholars in the Coptic world, Bishop Epiphanius, was found murdered outside of his cell at the St. Macarius monastery. He was on his way to Midnight Prayer when he was assaulted and struck in the back of the head. While the…

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Chrétiens d’Orient, 2000 Ans d’Histoire: A Major Exhibit in France
Church History, Culture and Arts

Chrétiens d’Orient, 2000 Ans d’Histoire: A Major Exhibit in France

I spent over an hour there, in that small rotunda, about twenty feet across. Display cases of manuscripts in Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, and Armenian encircled me, the only one of the museum’s patrons to linger so long in that spot. The rest of the exhibit, outside this temporary cloister, was equally worthy of attentive study,…

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The Predicament of Egypt’s Copts
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Religion and Conflict

The Predicament of Egypt’s Copts

The December 11th bombing of the St. Paul and St. Peter Church in Cairo, which abuts the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Church, St. Mark’s Cathedral, resulted in 25 deaths and over 50 injuries. The attack on el-Boutrosiyya, as the church locally known, was later claimed by the Islamic State’s affiliate in mainland Egypt, signaling…

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