The Heritage of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Studies in Hymnology

This section contains studies on the music, hymns and rites of the Coptic Orthodox Church, written by members of the HCOC choir, CMN members and the general public, and are written specifically for this site. Anyone is free to choose a topic on the music, hymns and rites of the Coptic Orthodox Church, submit it for a review, and once it is approved it will be posted here.

  • Meghalo

    A complete analysis of the Great Lent hymn, Meghalo.

  • O Monogenis

    A spiritual and historical study of this Paschal hymn.

  • Praising - the Work of the Angels

    A short article by HCOC Servant, Albair, on the spirituality of praising in the Church. The article is a merge of two articles originally written in Arabic, translated by Bishoy K. R. Dawood and edited by Alexander A-Malek. The two articles were individually recorded in audio in the first two productions of HCOC: The Annual Sunday Midnight Praise and the Annual Sunday Vespers Praise.

  • Recent History of Coptic Hymns

    A brief background o­n the history of Coptic hymns and its preservation through the Cantors of the modern age. Written by Albier Gamal Mikhail, and translated by Bishoy K. R. Dawood, edited by Alexander A-Malek.

  • The Dialogues on Music

    A fictional dialogue between a Teacher (T) and his Disciple (D), where the musical heritage of the Coptic Orthodox Church is discussed.

  • The History of Praising

    A short article written by HCOC Servant, Albair, on the history of praising, beginning with the evidence we have from the Holy Bible, to the history of Coptic music in modern times. The article was written in Arabic, and translated by Bishoy K. R. Dawood & Ragy Sharkawy, and edited by Alexander A-Malek. An audio recording of it is available in the HCOC’s Annual Sunday Vespers Praise CDs.

  • The Kiahk Sunday Vespers Praise

    A brief history of the Sunday Vespers Praise during the Month of Kiahk, as written by Albair and also recorded in the HCOC’s production of: The Rite and Hymns of the Kiahk Sunday Vespers Praise

  • The Spirituality of the Holy Psalmody

    A book that covers the history and spirituality of the Holy Psalmody in the Coptic Orthodox Church, and which consists of contemplations and studies on some hymns. The book has been edited and was forwarded by H.G. Bishop Youssef (Bishop of the Diocese of the Southern United States). Special thanks to Matthew Massoud (the author) and the priests of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Toronto, ON, for allowing us to publish this book on this site.