This book is a scriptural and liturgical guide based on the Coptic Orthodox Lectionary (the Katamaros). The book contains a general introduction about the Christian family, the Lectionary, and the specific divisions of the Lectionary. The book discusses the selections of the Bible read on Sundays, the weekdays and the Holy Feasts of the Church which include the Head of the Church, the weekday Lectionary, and the Body of the Church. Finally, the publication depicts the readings from the Great Lent, the Holy Week of Pascha (Passion Week) and the Holy Pentecost.
Although some books and studies have addressed the subject of enchantment of the devotional life of the Copts living in the land of immigrants, none have approached this issue by making such extensive use of the Coptic Orthodox Lectionary (Katamaros).
The importance of the spiritual growth of the family unit cannot be stressed enough.
This can be clearly illustrated in the wonderful verse from the Bible: "I and my family worship the Lord." (Josh 21:15). Without having the Lord constitute a major part of the family unit, this family unit has a serious defect. There is no better way to encourage spiritual training and growth than by reading the Bible, daily and applying its principles to use.
The Coptic Orthodox Church, is indeed, a biblical church which relies on the Holy Bible, as the first source of teaching.
The Coptic Orthodox Lectionary (Katamaros), containing readings for Sundays, the Weekdays, the Great Lent, Holy week, and the Pentecost Lectionary, is a comprehensive and through study of the various stages of our Lord's life on earth: the Annunciation, His birth, His baptism, His ministry, His suffering on the cross, His resurrection, His ascension and His Second Coming.
By reference to the Saints and their Holy lives, we ensure a continuation of the Apostolic tradition.
The objective of this book is to provide an effective and concrete guide in the utilization of the Lectionary. It provides spiritual direction, offering a course of the daily readings for each member of the family to follow.
This book can be divided into five segments. The first segment includes the readings of the Sundays throughout the year which deal with the work of the Holy Trinity: The love of God the Father, the grace of the Son Jesus Christ, and the fellowship and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
segment is a study of the
lectionary for the remainder
of the weekdays, which is
based on the lives of the
segment, an analysis of the
lectionary for the "Passion
Week", is a close follow-up
of our Lord's suffering day
by day and hour by hour.
hope that this book will be
a source of inspiration to
you and that through the use
of the lectionary, your
faith will be strengthened,
your spiritual life
increased and your ability
to achieve unity of spirit
and mind in your family
Glory Be to God forever. Amen.
Father Mikhail E. Mikhail, D. Min.
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