wow...this is horrible! They use Byzantine and Latin chanting as a background of Coptic monastic videos...the credibility is questionable.yes, the video was indeed very strange.
And no! That was not a ritual sacrifice. That was a priest coming to bless what would be the food sold for the people. Completely different meaning here!
There was no magical healing through laying of hands. He was blessing someone and asking God for healing. Don't we all do that?
Those were not pictures of HH Pope Shenouda.
what does "coming to bless what would be the food sold for the people" mean?
As a close-knit community of Copts wanting to involve the Church with our daily lives, we ask the priest to come bless our new homes, our stores and shops, our new cars, our livestock, our farms, our workplaces, our hospitals if dedicated to the church, etc. Being a butcher is important for a community who like to go buy and get their meat, especially if it's from a fellow Copt. So even in the slaughter, the priest blesses. It's nice that when starting any work, the priest might come to bless that work as well. This is not a ritual sacrifice of blood. It's part of a whole context of blessing for the community.