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Coptic Christians celebrate the New Year on Sept. 11.
07:16 PM CDT on Friday, September 9, 2005
Many mark the day by attending church services in the morning and enjoying special foods. Mark the day yourself by visiting this site to learn more about this ancient branch of Christianity.
"Coptic" refers to the Egyptian Christian church.
Christians represent 13 to 15 percent of Egypt's population; Copts also worship at hundreds of Coptic churches throughout the world.
This site's historic overview tells how the Coptic church traces its existence to the Holy Family's visit to Egypt, as recounted in the book of Matthew. St. Mark founded the church during the first century, preaching until his martyrdom in Alexandria around the time that Nero ruled Rome.
A few interesting tidbits: The Coptic church is credited with creating the first Christian monasteries, an Egyptian tradition with pre-Christian origins. The Coptic Orthodox Church's clergy is headed by Pope Shenouda III, the Pope of Alexandria.
Typical Sunday worship for Coptic churches starts at 6 or 6:30 a.m. and lasts from four to six hours. And you thought Baptist preachers were long-winded.
Mary A. Jacobs (Dallas Morning News News for Dallas, Texas Religion)
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