Below is my favorite prayer from the Coptic Orthodox prayer book — it’s used at the conclusion of each of the ‘liturgical hours,’ or times of prayer. Below that prayer, I embedded a youtube video full of images and sounds from the Coptic tradition.
In addition to these tastes of Egyptian Christian faith, I would also encourage one and all to read (click here) during Advent the diary-journal of Mark Gruber who chronicles his doctoral research year in Egypt’s monasteries back in the 1980s. It offers a beautiful window of insight into the heart of the ancient Coptic Church, our brothers and sisters who these days suffers so awfully.
Have mercy on us, O God, and have mercy on us, who, at all times and in every hour, in heaven and on earth, is worshiped and glorified, Christ our God, the good, the long suffering, the abundant in mercy, and the great in compassion, who loves the righteous and has mercy on the sinners of whom I am chief; who does not wish the death of the sinner but rather that he returns and lives, who calls all to salvation for the promise of the blessings to come.
Lord receive from us our prayers in this hour and in every hour. Ease our life and guide us to fulfill Your commandments. Sanctify our spirits. Cleanse our bodies. Conduct our thoughts. Purify our intentions. Heal our diseases. Forgive our sins. Deliver us from every evil grief and distress of heart. Surround us by Your holy angels, that, by their camp, we may be guarded and guided, and attain the unity of faith, and the knowledge of Your imperceptible and infinite glory. For You are blessed forever. Amen.