Coptic Christianity · JOUR240

Uncovering the Traditions Behind Vespers

Most Christian religions are familiar with a liturgy, or mass as some call it. Every Sunday, believers gather ’round for a large service to commemorate the Lord. For Coptic Orthodox Christians, there are various steps and prayers necessary before praying the liturgy. One of which, is the Vespers, also called “asheya” in Arabic. Vespers are…… Continue reading Uncovering the Traditions Behind Vespers

Coptic Christianity · JOUR240

An Explainer Video: Discovering the History of the Coptic People

Though few people are familiar¬†with the term, the Coptic people have been around for hundreds of years. As the descendants of the pharaohs, the Copts have a rich history of language, arts, and culture. More than that, however, Copts have experienced religious persecution for virtually the entirety of their existence. If you’d like to learn…… Continue reading An Explainer Video: Discovering the History of the Coptic People

Coptic Christianity · JOUR240

Pascha Week Photo Essay: Discovering the Joy Within the Pain

For Coptic Orthodox Christians, Pascha Week (pronounced Pass-kha) is pretty much the most important week of the year. Sandwiched between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, it is a week of intense prayer, meditation, fasting, and spiritual contemplations. Pascha itself is a Greek word, originating from the Hebrew term for “Passover.” Unlike in the Judaic traditions,…… Continue reading Pascha Week Photo Essay: Discovering the Joy Within the Pain