H. H. Pope Tawadros Prays The Holy Epiphany Mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria.

H. H. Pope Tawadros Prays The Holy Epiphany Mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria.

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St. Mark Cathedral. Alexandria, Egypt. The Pope started prayers for the feast of the Epiphany’ Mass in Alexandria amid a significant presence of a Coptic congregation. The feast of the Epiphany, falling on 19 January, is one of the most sacred days in the Coptic Christian calendar.

Pope Tawadros Leads 2020 Epiphany’ Mass

The Mass feast scheduled to start after the end of “Allekhan”. His Eminence Anba Pavle General Bishop of the Montaza’ churches and Anba Hermena General Bishop Alexandria East, and Anba Severus the Bishop and general supervisor of the monasteries of St. St. Thomas in Sohag and Khatatba and St. Moses the Black flags and Abba Diameter Balkhtatabh. Father Emile Abraham also participates with many priests from Alexandria.

The rite of the Feast of Epiphany/Theophany (11 Tobe).

The Coptic Orthodox churches pray “Allekhan’ Mass” three times during the liturgical year, the first time in the Epiphany feast (11 Touba) and the second on Covenant Thursday and the third on 5 Aviv (Feast of the Apostles).

The church remembers in the prayers of the “Allekhan” Epiphany, the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by St John, before entering the forty days and forty nights fasting period, to start his evangelistic.

The “Lakan” rites end with all participants receiving an anointment at their foreheads.

The Feast of the Epiphany is one of the Seven Major Feasts of our Lord, observed yearly. The word “Epiphany” refers to the “Divine Appearance,” where the Holy Trinity appeared to Mankind understandably and clearly.

“Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you, I am well pleased’” Lk. 3:21-22.

Epiphany is inseparably intertwined with water, the Holy Spirit, and the baptism of Jesus Christ. “All of us who desire the kingdom of God is, by the Lord’s decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of baptism,” declared St Basil. The Eastern Coptic Orthodox Epiphany celebration does not match the same day as for Western Christians. The Western date of 6 January in the Julian calendar corresponds to 19 January in the Gregorian calendar.

The Holey Epiphany Mass in the Eastern Churches commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ at Jordon River, with many seeking to emulate this each year during the feast.

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