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Coptic Church Monastery, Jericho

Coptic Monastery, Jericho

The Coptic Church is the Egyptian branch of our Christian family.  Growing up, St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church was down the street from my house.  Even though I drove past it constantly, I never paid much attention to it or thought about how the Christians who attended there worship God.

While living in Israel and traveling in Egypt, I met many Copts and visited many of their churches and a couple monasteries. The Copts also have a small chapel on the back of the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

There is a lot of beautiful imagery that is part of the Coptic Orthodox Liturgy.  The video below is long, but the abuna, or father, explains the entire liturgy in English, allowing us to appreciate the meaning behind all the parts of the service.  It’s worth watching the whole thing, or even just a part.  The Church is to be the united body of Christ.  We should have some idea how our brothers and sisters worship God and why they worship in that way.