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« on: June 01, 2010, 03:47:59 AM »

When are the appropriate times to make prostrations when reciting the hours? I have a copy of the Agpeya, and was wondering.
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2010, 12:15:22 PM »

When are the appropriate times to make prostrations when reciting the hours? I have a copy of the Agpeya, and was wondering.

There are times when we say the word worship, as referring to worshiping God where we do the sign of the Cross, or prostrate.  When we say "Lord have mercy" we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate.  When we say Lord Jesus Christ, we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate at His most holy name.  When we make mention of the Trinity, we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate.  When we say "blessed be" or "glory be" to God, we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate.

I can't think of anything else at the moment, but that is what I was taught.

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2010, 12:25:04 PM »

When are the appropriate times to make prostrations when reciting the hours? I have a copy of the Agpeya, and was wondering.

There are times when we say the word worship, as referring to worshiping God where we do the sign of the Cross, or prostrate.  When we say "Lord have mercy" we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate.  When we say Lord Jesus Christ, we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate at His most holy name.  When we make mention of the Trinity, we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate.  When we say "blessed be" or "glory be" to God, we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate.

I can't think of anything else at the moment, but that is what I was taught.

God bless.

I've never experienced prostrations in a Coptic church while the Hours were being read. When you say "or prostrate", does that mean prostrations are done on certain days (e.g. during Lent) while only the Sign of the Cross is made on other days?
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2010, 01:29:44 PM »

When are the appropriate times to make prostrations when reciting the hours? I have a copy of the Agpeya, and was wondering.

There are times when we say the word worship, as referring to worshiping God where we do the sign of the Cross, or prostrate.  When we say "Lord have mercy" we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate.  When we say Lord Jesus Christ, we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate at His most holy name.  When we make mention of the Trinity, we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate.  When we say "blessed be" or "glory be" to God, we do the sign of the Cross or prostrate.

I can't think of anything else at the moment, but that is what I was taught.

God bless.

I've never experienced prostrations in a Coptic church while the Hours were being read. When you say "or prostrate", does that mean prostrations are done on certain days (e.g. during Lent) while only the Sign of the Cross is made on other days?

No.  It's just a matter of personal decision.  Some people bow slightly and do the sign of the cross (actually in Church itself most).  But we are encouraged in the privacy of our homes to prostrate many times, subduing the body along with the spirit and soul to God.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2010, 06:21:29 PM »

No.  It's just a matter of personal decision.  Some people bow slightly and do the sign of the cross (actually in Church itself most).  But we are encouraged in the privacy of our homes to prostrate many times, subduing the body along with the spirit and soul to God.

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