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Christianity Coptic Lectionary

Lectionary for Holy Week, in Coptic and Arabic. Egypt, 1948.  NYPL, Spencer Collection.

Coptic, the Afro-asiatic language of pre-Islamic Egypt, remains to this day the liturgical language of the Christian minority population of Egypt. This compendium of readings is explained in the Arabic passages: "This is the Book of the Pascha, which is celebrated from the Sunday of the Palms to the conclusion of the glorious Feast of the Resurrection according to the rite of the Coptic Orthodox Church." It thus harkens to the time when Arabic was the de facto language of Coptic Christians.

The readings, beginning with an antiphon from Psalms 118:26 noting Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, run from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, and thus for the entire Holy Week cycle.