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Coptic Orthodox Church
edited July 2014
What is the meaning of this word? I've never received a real answer.
I wrote about this here but I can't find the link. Paralex is a Copticized word for paralexis, which is a conjugation of para + lexis. Para is a Greek preposition meaning outside, near, by the side, etc. Lexis is a synonym of
used in the Septuagint Psalms which was a translation of the
. It is probably a liturgical rubric meaning "stop and listen". Paralexis can be understood as "Stop and listen to what is said after the pause".
As a liturgical hymnographic term, it seems to indicate a shift of tune/melismata from the previous verse or verses. The text of the paralex seems to be related to the previous verse that serves as a contemplation or an elaboration of the first verse.
I hope this helped.
This was very helpful
. There were a lot of people at my church who were wondering, and I've already relayed the message to one of them. Thank you