The Coptic language and Coptic hymnology are two faces for one coin received and configured in the Coptic world as the Coptic tradition are two sides of the same coin, the hallmark of the Coptic tradition.
This course is an introductory course for the Coptic language as a liturgical language that unites the past with the present embodying the Coptic Logios in the land of Egypt. By learning this language, we gain access to our own history and tradition, and we are united with our shared religious legacy.
Participants will be introduced to liturgical Coptic language at a beginner’s level and will be encouraged to begin using their developing knowledge in relation to their liturgical heritage Participants will first learn the Coptic alphabet, key vocabulary, and the basic grammatical structures of the language. By the end of the course, the participant will be expected to be able to read and write words and phrases from the liturgy and simple sentences in Coptic.
This course will also introduce participants to the history and usage of the traditional hymns of the Coptic Church. Participants are encouraged to become bearers and propagators of their cultural and religious heritage. This course will help participants to think systematically about the learning and teaching of Coptic hymns. Participants will learn the melodies of the hymns, the fixed and movable aspects according to the liturgical calendar, the theology of the Coptic Liturgy, as well as the structure of the liturgical texts for the different sacraments, and the relevant theological and liturgical terminology.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
- Enumerate grammatical structures and key vocabulary.
- Relate texts to their historical context;
- Reflect on their own experience of reading texts in Coptic.
- Develop a shared appreciation for the Coptic cultural linguistic heritage.
- Participate in the corporate use of Coptic.
- Actively and positively participate, together with others, in the singing of Coptic hymns in corporate worship.
- Enumerate fixed and movable structures and hymns in relation to the liturgical calendar.
- Understand the meaning of the liturgical life and relate it both to their own life and the corporate life of the worshipping community.
- Understand the eschatological dimension of hymns which represent past, present, and future, and relate one’s own personal and corporate participation in worship to that of the Saints.