Monday, November 5, 2012

Mazal tov--a new Pope!

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Mazal tov -- congratulations!
A new Pope for the Coptic Orthodox Christians was chosen  yesterday in Egypt.
H.G. Bishop Tawadros' picture can be seen here.
He will soon become the spiritual leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian community, estimated at around 10 percent of  Egypt's population of 83 million.

And here is the video clip of the curious manner in which the pope is picked, by a blindfolded boy drawing out one of three names of the final candidates  written on a ball.


 This is a good opportunity to show you the Coptic liturgy I just by chance wandered into last August 22, which was St. Mary's Fast, down in the Church of Mary in Jerusalem.


Some 2,500 Copts live in Israel.



 Archbishop Dr. Anba Abraham is the Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Near East.
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UPDATE: Archbishop Abraham died on November 25, 2015.  May his memory be a blessing.
UPDATE March 2016Anba Antonius, the new Archbishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Jerusalem and the Near East. Antonius, who was appointed on February 27 in Cairo as the successor of the deceased Anba Abraham, is the twenty-second metropolitan archbishop of the city.   (see here about his welcome to Jerusalem)
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See more here: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/post-biblical-period/what-is-coptic-and-who-were-the-copts-in-ancient-egypt/ 
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11 comments:

mick said...

It's always interesting to see the religious rituals of other religions. Great photos.

Fun60 said...

What a fascinating way to choose such an important appointment but maybe the Americans could look at this method for the next presidential election and use allthe money they would save to do something more worthwhile.

Petrea Burchard said...

Fun60, that might not be a bad idea!

I'm amazed and intrigued by the ancient rituals, that they are still practiced today.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Always an excellent post on your blog ~ this is no exception ~ wonderful ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Robert Geiss said...

Thank you for this part of the world, I had no idea of. Thank you for your effort. Really enjoyed it. Please have a good Tuesday ahead.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

How interesting.

Cloudia said...

Fascinating is the word. Thank you, D



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Kay said...

This is so very interesting! What an interesting way to pick a new pope. I guess it's a way to show that the choice was God's.

Hilda said...

Every time I visit your blog, I learn something new, and realize that I know next to nothing about anything. And I love it. Thank you again, Dina.

VP said...

I like rituals, and this one is very, very strange!

Pearl said...

huh, I didn't hear anything about this. thanks for the peek in.