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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Metro Area: Nashville (TN)
Coptic Catholic Community of Nashville
Status: UNDERSERVED COMMUNITY
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Metro Area: Los Angeles (CA)
St Mary Coptic Catholic Church
Status: ACTIVE CHURCH
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Metro Area: New York City (NY)
Resurrection Coptic Catholic Chapel
Status: ACTIVE CHURCH
Metro Area: Boston (MA)
Coptic Catholic Community of Boston
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Teachings of Christ

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

(The Feast of the Encounter is February 2nd - the 40th Day of Christmas)

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Long ago, the wily one cast his weapon and wounded Adam and killed him; Indeed, he completely destroyed the weak man. But now, even if he struck the bodies of the noble men, he did not destroy their spirits. He persuaded the first-created man to fall by words, but not even by deeds, the noble ones. Bewitching the former, he made promises; he made offers to the latter: For Adam, the making of a god; for the martyrs, honor. He offers what he does not have; he suggests bestowing things not in his authority. Therefore, saints, having shattered his scheme, You gained crowns. 

Kontakia of Romanos, On the Forty Martyrs of Sebasteia I.