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  • Usually the nickname I give is "Beesh".  I hope that doesn't mean anything bad either.  
  • Also James and Jacob is the same name as well.
    in Jesus? Comment by minasoliman June 22
  • You're absolutely correct. It's not a weird question at all. Joshua = Jesus. We use the word "Jesus" as a corollary to the Greco-Roman word of "Isoos", which is their translation from "Joshua". Therefore, the English "Jesus" is a translation of a…
    in Jesus? Comment by minasoliman June 22
  • To offer a quick answer, I honestly don't think so. Yes the culture was strongly patriarchal, but the Church has also surpassed those as well in certain areas. Has the Church eventually given less roles to women over time. Yes, and that could be …
  • There are many ways to answer that question. Could there be sexism among Copts? Yes, Copts are humans with flaws like anyone else. Could there be some Coptic Church practices that favor men more unfairly? I think so, especially in the area of cha…
  • Well, thank God we have history available for us as well as writings from the Church fathers. If you have specific questions, we can go through them to prove how the ancient Church believed. For the most part, a person, if he does his homework, ca…
  • And by the way, the Coptic Orthodox Church is part of the Oriental Orthodox Church, which includes Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian, Indian, Eritrean. So "Coptic" is a cultural identity (for the main part) identified with the Orthodox Church, which incl…
  • I don't think she asked a question about the Trinity, and I'm afraid you might have confused her than helped her question. LJP, The question you ask can be asked in a different way. Is it more important to be merely Christian or is there a correc…
  • We are the same faith, the same church. The differences are in culture and the way we chant the liturgy. Call a nearby Coptic parish and ask to visit and pray in the liturgy one day. Discover the differences, which show a variety of beauty in our…
  • There hasn't been a coptichymns.net for years now
  • I think you ask very good questions, and it's understandable from your vantage point in how these are perceived. One of the things you might need to realize is that the Coptic Church just came out of "survival mode", so there are a few things we do…
  • We probably might not know the answer to this question unless we have access to ancient manuscripts and the evolution of this part of the liturgy. Studies are underway now to understand this, but in the meantime, this is probably one of those areas…
  • The original question is why can't women be "deacons"?  Actually, women can be deacons, but the role is still questioned.  Two schools of thought exist: 1.  A female deacon is a tonsure, not an ordination in the sense of "laying of hands".  Only a m…
  • I'm not saying this to support projectors. They do have a lot of negatives. But they also have their benefits. Alao, Good Friday melisma only happens once a year. Should we do those weekly as well? ;)
  • I know of a hegumen's funeral, and his daughter was one of those who spoke a eulogy for her father in the Coptic Church. I know of a widow who spoke about her husband (and her husband's sister spoke too). So that particular issue seems more like a …
  • My issue is this. People's minds wander when they don't know the hymns, especially the children. It may be one tenth the battle, but it will bring us ten times more nuisance in the liturgy, because wandering minds of children lead to goofing off. …
  • Thank you for this mabsoota. You make me mabsoot reading your post :) The key thing is that as Christians we "submit to one another". (Ephesians 5:21) This is simply an act of humility. In the household, out of all the humble and submissive good…
  • I must say that it is with great gratitude that you took the time to translate these. Thank you! I think the Holy Synod should undergo a project in which these decrees be translated at all times for the Coptic Churches abroad, in the same way as t…
  • That's why I stressed teaching children
  • St. Paul did not say that the woman is "not" made in the image of God.  In a liturgical setting, her role is to reflect the glory of her husband, just as Christ reflects the glory of His Father (go back and read verse 3).  That does not mean that Ch…
  • Dear Rem, Your whole post I agree with, but there is one minor point of clarification I think need to be addressed.  You write for instance "If the general population does not want to join in the offering, it doesn't make the offering (or the way of…
  • Dear ljp (can I can you call that?), What does it mean to love anyone, like your own parents? What do you do to show them you love them? What do they do that shows they love you? Then think about how you can relate this experience with your Heav…
  • I also heard of cases of "annulment" (a word I am very much against and has no theological basis except from a Latin influence) where a spouse was not honest about themselves in some manner and therefore, the "victim" can be considered as never havi…
  • From what I understand the Coptic Church "officially" grants divorce on two conditions: infidelity and a spouse who apostatizes. The latter condition is not found in any scriptural condition, but by pastoral concerns. I think we should not undere…
  • I'm not a convert, but as a baby, the priest also gave me another name, Antonios, being the first grandson of a priest with the same name. The requirements of the name change is a saint in the church, which can be found in various sources, includin…
  • One of the issues with these kind of situations is that the parties seem to lack contact with spiritual fathers in the Church. She needs to be with a constant relationship with the priest at all times with much much patience. Otherwise, it becomes…
  • If you want to name your child Dominic, that's fine. Nothing really wrong with that. I knew a Copt named Mario...yup!
    in Baby Name Comment by minasoliman June 6
  • I understand the intent of the video by HG Bishop Raphael, but we are not talking about the purpose of chanting, but how to do chanting correctly.  What use is it that we go and we stress that our minds should be praising and worshipping Christ, and…
  • True. He does have a Western bent. But at least, I found this clip that could demonstrate how he is not opening and closing his mouth in melisma. So this can be an example without adopting his Western style.
  • Here's an example of Bishoy Awad doing the melisma of E;be ]`anactacic: