The Heritage of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Studies on Orthodoxy

  • Tradition of the Jesus Prayer

    A study on the tradition of the Jesus Prayer in Eastern Christendom.

  • Ecumenical Movements and the Problem of Authority

    A short essay on the Ecumenical Movement, with information and thoughts about the mission of the World Council of Churches.

  • Friday of the Crucifixion

    An excellent sermon on Friday of the Crucifixion (Good Friday) given in Arabic by the late Bishop Gregorios. It is available in audio cassettes recorded by the Coptic Institute of Higher Studies in Egypt. Translated into English by Bishoy K. R. Dawood.

  • Icons

    An article that defends the use and veneration of icons in the Church against the three main iconoclastic arguments. Written by Matthew Saadalla, and edited by Bishoy Kamal Rofail.

  • Callings

    This was originally written in response to a discussion on whether or not marriage, monasticism, priesthood, etc… were callings, or whether they were vocations chosen by individuals. It is worth noting that the word calling here is not being used in the sense commonly understood by the Roman Catholic Church. A calling in the context of this article is an active, direct, and obvious call from God: a Revelation.

  • James, the Brother of the Lord

    An article that uncovers the early references to James, the brother of the Lord, and researches the actual familial relationship of the Lord Jesus Christ with James and the other brothers and sisters mentioned in the Holy Bible.

  • Sacraments of the Church

    An introduction to the Seven Sacraments of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Currently, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is available.

  • Architecture of the Coptic Church

    This article provides an in-depth description of the construction of the Coptic Church and the meaning of its architecture. The article also addresses the following topics: the meaning of the church, the church building, the symbolism of the Coptic Church’s architecture, the crosses, the church tower, pillars and ambon, the use of iconostasis, the ciborium, stairs, the nave, and the baptistery architecture.