Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Funeral Liturgy for Coptic Pope Shenouda III

You might be surprised just how much Greek is in the service.


  1. I haven't watched the whole thing (so I could be wrong), but I suspect that what you're identifying as Greek is really just liturgical Coptic, which includes a significant amount of Greek (indeed, even the Coptic alphabet is almost entirely based on the Greek alphabet).

    I remember the first time I picked up a Coptic liturgy book at one of their churches how surprised I was at how much I could make out, based on my (meager) knowledge of Greek.

  2. There's a lot of kyrie eleison, Agios o Theos, etc. in there.

  3. It's actually Coptic, I've asked the same questions.