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The Midnight Praises
« on: May 13, 2004, 02:44:12 AM »
I recently listened to the Coptic Midnight praises on the internet (http://tasbeha.org/mp3/Midnight_Praises.html), and I was amazed. The chanting is so peaceful and beautiful, it was like heaven on earth!

How old are the Midnight praises? Is it just a Coptic thing, or comon amoung all the NC Churches?

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Re:The Midnight Praises
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2004, 09:00:09 AM »
The Midnight Praises, if I'm not mistaken, are just the Midnight Office of the Coptic rite, or a part thereof.  As such, every Oriental Orthodox Church has them (even the EO have a Midnight Office...see Fr. John Whiteford's website to see a reader's service version), but they are not identical.  For instance, we have no service exactly like the one you heard, but we have an equivalent, structured differently.
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