Rites and Rituals of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology
Prostration. There are three different reasons why we prostrate:-
* for worship; when we enter the church and prostrate before the Holy Altar.
* for respect; in the presence of a Pope or bishop, we prostrate before them.
* Repentance, interior sorrow for sin. It also means the action by which such sorrow is expressed, usually a prostration, or 'metanyia'.
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