Coptic Orthodox Church  Prayers

The Coptic Orthodox prayer book of the hours, the `Agpeya' (Coptic for `Hours') contains seven prayers to be said at various times of the day and night:

  • The First Hour (Matins) Rising
  • The Third Hour (Terce) 9 am
  • The Sixth Hour (Sext) 12 pm
  • The Ninth Hour (None) 3 pm
  • The Eleventh Hour (Vespers) 6 pm
  • The Twelvth Hour (Compline) 9 pm
  • Midnight Prayer

The First Hour commemorates the hour in which the Lord arose from the dead.

The Third Hour commemorates the hour in which the Holy Spirit rested upon the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost. It is also the hour in which the Lord was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate on Good Friday.

The Sixth Hour commemorates the hour in which the Lord was nailed to the cross at Golgotha.

The Ninth Hour is the hour in which the Lord died for our redemption, and in which He accepted the Penitant Thief into Paradise.

At the Eleventh Hour, the Lord's body was taken down from the Cross, wrapped in linen and anointed with spices.

The Twelvth Hour commemorates the laying down of the Lord's body in the tomb.

The Midnight Prayer commemorates the three prayers of our Lord in Gethsemane during Holy Week.