The Agpeya prayers are popular prayers recited by both individuals and families at home, as well as for communal prayers as an introduction to mass at church. The vast majority of the Copts learn the recitation and prayers of the Agpeya at an early age as children at home from their families. It includes seven canonical hours, which to a great extent correspond to the Byzantine order, with an additional "Prayer of the Veil" which is usually recited by Bishops, Priests, and Monks something like the Byzantine Midnight Office. The hours are chronologically laid out, each containing a theme corresponding to events in the life of Jesus Christ: The Midnight Praise said in the early morning before dawn commemorates the Second Coming of Christ. Prime Morning Raising of Incense is said upon awaking up in the morning or after the Midnight Praise the previous night.

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Thank you. Your message was sent successfully! Close Sorry, there was an error sending your form. It contains prayers for seven different hours to be said throughout the day. The hours are chronologically laid out, each containing a theme corresponding to events in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is followed by various Psalms, an excerpt from the Holy Gospel, and Litanies.

Lord Have Mercy is then chanted 41 times representing the 39 lashes Christ received before the crucifixion, plus one for the spear in His side, plus one for the crown of thorns , followed by several other prayers and a conclusion.

The hours of the day start from sunrise and end at sunset. The morning prayer Prime , which corresponds to 6 a. The Terce 9 a.

The None 3 p. Vespers sunset and Compline 9 p. The Midnight hour is read just before the Midnight Praise. The Veil hour is reserved for priests, monks and bishops.

The Prime is mainly associated with the eternity of God, His incarnation, His resurrection from the dead. It is intended to offer thanks to Him for having risen us from the sleep, beseeching Him to shin upon us, enlighten our lives, and grant us the power of His resurrection.



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Agpeya, Liturgy, Psalmody and Coptic Book of Psalms

The seven canonical prayers have their root in the Psalms. David said;"Seven times a day, do I praise you of your righteous Judgement" Psalm This hour is prayed early in the morning, and commemorates the Resurrection of the Lord Psalm In this hour of the day, the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles as tongues of fire Acts At this hour also, Our Lord Jesus Christ was condemned. In this hour, Our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified John This hour commemorates the death of our Lord in the flesh upon the tree and the testimony of the thief at his right hand Matthew Instituted to commemorate the removing of the body of the Lord Jesus Christ from the Cross. The wrapping of it in linen, and the annointing of it with sweet spices.


Verse Of The Day

This originates from a psalm written by the prophet David. We celebrate this so early because Psalm " Within this hour we thank God for keeping us throughout the night safely and bringing us to a new and glorious morning that we ask Him to bless. It should be prayed before breakfast since you give three metanias. Most of us usally sleep through this hour.

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