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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166631

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.001.0001

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Liturgy of the Monastery of al-Muharraq

Liturgy of the Monastery of al-Muharraq

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(p.169) 17 Liturgy of the Monastery of al-Muharraq
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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt
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Youhanna Nessim Youssef

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.003.0017

This chapter describes the unique characteristics of the liturgical services performed in the Monastery of al-Muharraq. Drawing from various traditions, both current ones and those known from manuscripts, it analyzes the characteristics of these services and how they reflect the long history of the region. The liturgy in this monastery is characterized by four features: (i) a local hagiographical tradition through adding the names of many local saints to the memento sanctorum, such as Hermina, Isidore, and Sana; (ii) the presence of the Holy Family in the place; (iii) the rite for the Nile, which is performed on the Feast of the Cross, 17 Tut, when the priest offers incense at the highest point reached by the flood; and (iv) survival of the Greek language.

Keywords:   monasteries, al-Muharraq, liturgy, liturgical services, saints, memento sanctorum, Holy Family, the Nile, Greek language

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