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  • Hey CJ, Welcome. I am a convert and would be willing to help you out. 1. Kind of, but not really. They are newer immigrants, but compared to Eastern or Greek Orthodoxy, Copts are less "clanny" about ethnicity. They are welcoming and more open ab…
  • Race isn't an issue. Your relationship to God, your ability to provide for a wife and family, and you as a human being are all that matters. It doesn't matter if you're a white guy. You're American. That's what everyone will call you. I've been t…
  • A prenuptial agreement isn't required, and if a couple has one it's based on money or family status. It has little to nothing to do with being a Christian and is largely based on modern Western society's laws regarding secular marriage.
  • Liturgy = People, which is plural. If you pray the Agpeya, you'll see the Litanies, have "I" and then "We" or "Us." Right before the distribution, Abouna and the Deacon say "I believe that this is so true..." So, only he and Deacon believe? …
  • Yes. My doctor, who is Coptic, went to medical school in the UK and practices in Pennsylvania.
  • When writing, it is usually proper etiquette for the person to state the meaning of abbreviations before using them.
    in EED Comment by ItalianCoptic July 2022
  • @Jeremy We were going to name our second son Mina/Mena, but we went with it for the middle name because Mina is feminine in Italian.
  • @tasmin I truly enjoy your detail and passion about this subject. Nonetheless, I can also tell you're fairly young. You're entire point of view is merely external and focused on what one should be outwardly. I've found that some members of our ch…
  • @Copt333 I teach high-functioning teenagers with Autism for a living. One of the most difficult aspects of teaching those with Autism is to respect someone's opinion, as during many points in a conversation, it is best to "agree to disagree" and re…
  • @Jojo_Hanna Throwing around the term, "heretical" to this post is no better than the garbage I hear from Eastern Orthodox folks about Coptic Orthodoxy being heretical. It's not applicable to us. I do agree fully with you about non-Orthodox content.
  • Do you mean about the structure of it, or each individual aspect, i.e., "Why is [×] done this way/order? Everything Liturgical is fairly straightforward and almost identical in structure, other than various Feast days where there may be an extra h…
  • There are no Western Rite Oriental Orthodox churches in the United States. I can serve at my church in Ohio and at a church in Jerusalem and it will be identical other than some formalities with which hymns are sung due to the church calendar and th…
  • Saint Antony Monastery in California has a great calendar with all the Saints and reading of each day. https://saintantonymonasteryus.org/
  • Thanks!
  • Imagine swallowing a sponge. There's your answer. Interesting thought, though.
  • They are two differing opinions from two different men. If you read their works, you can see their differences in some things like this. I can definitely see Pope Shenounda's point of view. If you ever go to a Liturgy at a Monastery with a monk-pr…
  • You'd probably have better luck finding them in a Catholic church. I did see a Russian Orthodox site selling a piece of their relics, but it wasn't cheap and I'm not sure of the authenticity. They are venerated a lot in Catholicism, and I believe mo…
  • "Sunday Diving Liturgy." I could fill a book with the grammatical errors I've seen from Pope Shenounda's books. I am horrible at Arabic, so it's hard to judge. At least they didn't use the word "Mass".
  • Most people join in their mid 20s after college. It's a common practice (say for the last century or so) for a person interested in becoming a monastic to work in a profession for a few years before making such a decision. Pope Tawardros was a pharm…
  • May I suggest you create the lesson in a different way? The entire argument is based on Western individualism. The "didn't witness" usage reeks of, "...if I didn't see it I don't believe it..." thought. Self is a relatively new thing to Copts. And n…
  • 1. It depends on a number of different factors: A) Who you are teaching. B) Basic knowledge of the specific the language/culture. I will just use the example of a native English speaker from North America A) Native English speaker: Using similar…
  • I don't see the need for extinguishing Coptic completely. It isn't used in the Liturgy enough to impede someone from not understanding something if a majority of the Liturgy is in English. Maybe a "Father, Son and Holy Spirit..", Stand up for Pray…
  • It is part of the Joyful tunes of the church. Abouna is correct.
  • My humble suggestion would be to study other churches which have been in a diaspora for over a century or more. I grew up near Roman Catholic, Eastern (Byzantine) Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Some of the questions I see are things which o…
  • Liturgy = Yes Hymns = Teach in Coptic from English. Do some in English.  Just replace the word "Arabic" with "English" and you solve 95% of your problems.