This unit will examine the two important liturgical books used daily in the Coptic church; the Horologion (Agpeya = book of hours) and the book of Psalmodia (book of midnight and evening praise). The Horologion (Agpya) consists of prayers, Psalms, Gospel readings, and “troparia” (petitions) to be said at the various hours of the day and night. Students will gain insight into the historical development and the current structure of the canonical hours and their role in spiritual practice. The liturgical book of Psalmodia consists of Odes, Psalies, Theotokia (veneration to St Mary) and Doxologies which are chanted in the evening and night hours. Students will learn about the historical development and the structure as well as the theological thought preserved in hymnology in this very important liturgical book.

Unit Code: DL1409A

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


Describe the structure of the books of Psalmodia and the Horologion.


Articulate an understanding of the daily service of the two books in Coptic Monasteries and Churches.


Identify the position of St. Mary as "Theotokos" in the book of Psalmodia.


Discuss the history of the canonical hours prayers of the early church and Coptic Church.


Analyse the developmental process of the history of the books (Horologion and Psalmodia) in the Christian churches and 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 (Horologion) 2000 Words

2000 50.0

Essay (Psalmodia) 2000 Words

2000 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-22 13:32:40 +1000