Hello my Coptic friends,
I posted a thread on here about a year ago entitled "Sundry Questions about the COC" if any remember. It didn't go over too well, and there was a bit of arguing and mistaken opinions, but my view of the OO Church has evolved since then thanks to OO and EO discussion groups on Facebook.
The reason I'm posting is because this Saturday I will be attending a Vespers and Tasbeha service at St. Mark's in Scottsdale, AZ. I am doing a project for my Cultural Anthropology class which requires a "cultural experience", so I decided I'd much rather spend that experience in Church, and it's an opportunity to finally visit a Coptic Church. I've already asked permission from Abouna Marcus to visit seeing as my visit is somewhat secular.
According to Abouna, the service will begin with the Hours at 6, followed by the Vespers praise, then the "rais[ing of] the Vespers incense at 7", and finally Tasbeha. I was wondering what I should expect during these services. What is the "raising of the Vespers incense"? Is there any Church etiquette I should be aware of aside from standing on the right side of the iconostasis and taking my shoes off?
Thank you and peace to you in Christ,