This unit offers an introduction to the Coptic Liturgical year and its seasons using the Coptic Calendar as its template. The unit will survey the Feasts and Fasts of the Coptic Year and explore the liturgical texts associated with celebrating these worship services and seasons in the context of the Church. This unit will examine selected liturgical books which are used in the Coptic Church during the church year. The primary sources will serve as a medium where students will engage with the texts in practice. Secondary sources will also assist students in their study of the Liturgical Year and Patristic commentary. The course will enable students to have a proficient grasp and grounding for further study in development of Coptic Rites Liturgical texts, worship and seasons.

Unit Code: DL1329A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify elements of the liturgical cycle of the Coptic year and articulate their theological significance.


Articulate an understanding of the daily and seasonal services in the Coptic Church.


Correctly select and use the appropriate liturgical books and lectionary for a particular season and explain their structures and nuances


Explain the Coptic liturgical practice of the yearly cycle to a catechumen or inquirer.


Describe the historical development of the liturgical books in the Coptic Church.


Six fortnightly sessions, comprising guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and some notes, together with an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussions in each session.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1500 words

1500 40.0

Essay 2500 words

2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-22 13:10:08 +1000