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
Very few phrases have the power to make me simultaneous laugh and cry, but “It’s Copticated” is one of them. The word is a mash-up of “Coptic” (in reference to Coptic people) and “complicated.” I definitely did not create this phrase, nor do I remember where I heard it before, but it perfectly captures Coptic…… Continue reading It’s Copticated
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
I’ve been seeing this article popping up around a lot of different friends’ Facebook feeds. Before I go any further, I just want to say that I have no solution for the dilemma we as a culture and as a religion are facing. To sum up the issue, as the Coptic Church grows stronger in…… Continue reading The Americanization of the Coptic Church
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
Have you ever wondered what it’s like for Egyptians to date? Have you heard the rumors that Egyptians have to get engaged before dating? What about the rumors that all Egyptians are in arranged marriages? On this week’s episode of The Story of De-Nile, we’ll be answering all these bruning questions and more!