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The Liturgical Services

The Divine Liturgy or Eucharist was the heart of the Christian worship and prayers in the early apostolic church and is still nowadays in all traditional and apostolic churches including the Coptic Orthodox church. In Latin, it is called “Liturgy". "Eucharist" in Greek means "Thanksgiving”.

The Divine Liturgy is a New Testament sacrament instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself before His passion as in the holy Gospels of St. Matthew 26, 26-29; St. Mark 14, 22-24; St. Luke 22, 19-23.

"And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you'" (Luke 22:19-20).

About thirty years later, in his letter to Corinthians, St. Paul the Apostle mentioned this great sacrament: "For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes" (Corinthians-1 11:23-26).

There are three main Liturgies in the Coptic Church:

1- The Liturgy according to Saint Basil, Bishop of Caesarea.

It is dedicated specially to the Person of the Omnipotent Father. It was established at the end of the fourth century. It is the one most commonly used in the Coptic Orthodox Church.

2- The Liturgy according to Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (the Theologian), Bishop of Constantinople.

It is dedicated to the Person of our Divine Redeemer. Our priests and bishops usually pray this Divine Liturgy in the great feasts of the church especially the Nativity, Epiphany and Resurrection feasts.

3- The Liturgy according to Saint Cyril I, the 24th Pope of the Coptic Church.

It is dedicated to the Person of the Omnipotent Father. It is the Coptic version of the Greek Liturgy that was instituted by the Holy Apostle, St. Mark the Evangelist.



 

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