Coptic Catholic Church

Rite: Alexandrian
Liturgical Form: Divine Liturgy - Liturgies of St Basil, St Mark, St James, and St Gregory
Liturgical Languages: Coptic, Arabic, Greek, English

The Coptic Catholic Church is a Church sui iuris of Patriarchal status.

After the Council of Chalcedon (451), which divided what would become known as the Oriental Orthodox Churches from their Sister Churches of Rome and Byzantium, a millenium passed before an apparent union was achieved between the Churches of Rome and Alexandria at the Council of Florence (1442). However, the union was repudiated on return of the Coptic delegation to Egypt.

Subsequently, in the 17th century, Rome undertook misionary activity in Egypt. Theological dialogue resulted but no notable progress toward effecting communion was achieved until the mid-18th century when the Coptic Orthodox bishop of Jerusalem was received into communion by Rome and named Vicar Apostolic for the small Coptic Catholic community.

The vicariate continued in existence somewhat longer than 75 years, then was elevated to be a patriarchate (1824). As a functional canonical entity, the Catholic patriarchate survived less than a decade, after which it became a solely titular position, accorded to Latin hierarchs.

An effort was made to reestablish the patriarchate in 1895, though five years lapsed before an incumbent was named to the position. Again, it had a short-lived existence. Less than a decade after he had assumed office, the patriarch's resignation was requested because of turmoil within the Church related to his perceived favor of latinized praxis.

Another forty years passed before the patriarchate was reinstituted in 1947. It is from this time that a distinct Coptic Catholic Church can ordinarily be said to exist.

The Church is organized under a Patriarch whose title is Patriarch of Alexandria of the Catholic Copts. The incumbent is the fifth successive holder of the office, the seventh since 1824 (titular patriarchs excluded).  The Church has canonical jurisdictions only in Egypt at this time. In the diaspora, it has parishes in North America, Europe, Australia, and some countries of the Middle East; those are subject to the local Latin ordinaries of the places in which they are situated.

An icon of St Mark the Holy Apostle and Evangelist accompanies the link to listings for this Church. Historically, St Mark founded the See at Alexandria and is the patron of Coptic Christians.

Icon: St Mark the Holy Apostle and Evangelist, Patron of Coptic Christians and of Egypt.


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United States

United States

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Metro Area: Nashville (TN)
Coptic Catholic Community of Nashville
Metro Area: Los Angeles (CA)
St Mary Coptic Catholic Church
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Metro Area: New York City (NY)
Resurrection Coptic Catholic Chapel
Metro Area: Boston (MA)
Coptic Catholic Community of Boston
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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)


Today is the fountainhead of our salvation, * and the revelation of an eternal mystery: * The Son of God becomes the Son of a Virgin, * and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. * Therefore, let us also cry with him to the Mother of God: * "Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

To you, O Mother of God, our leader and defender, * we, your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. * So you, who have invincible might, * set us free from every peril * that we may cry to you: * "Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!" (Kontakion, Tone 8)

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Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

What, then, are the things which are being prepared for those who wait for Him? The Creator and Father of the ages, the All-holy One, Himself knows their greatness and beauty. Let us then strive to be found among the number of those that wait, that we may receive a share of the promised gifts.

St. Clement of Rome