Liturgy at Wadi al-Natrun

Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

in Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162602
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970474 | DOI:
Liturgy at Wadi al-Natrun

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This chapter reports the types of liturgical services that have been found in the area and their eventual influence on the liturgical tradition of the Coptic Church, as observed in the contents of the Library of the Monastery of St. Macarius. It is well known that the monasteries of Wadi al-Natrun played an important role in unifying the Coptic liturgy and endowing it with the ritual which is in use today. In particular, the chapter presents evidence drawn from monastic manuscripts, the ordinary services and the witnesses to non-extant services. The works which the author referred results in the borderline between liturgy and literature. Some literary works, in fact, whether found amongst the manuscripts of Wadi al-Natrun or not, can shed some light on the way the liturgy was celebrated. Finally, the influence of the monasteries is shown.

Keywords: Wadi al-Natrun; Coptic liturgy; Monastery of St. Macarius; liturgical services; Coptic Church

Chapter.  8848 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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