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Rites and Rituals of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology

Bowing

 

* An expression of reverence to God in the doxology (gloria), before the sanctuary, besides in public and private worship.

* The bodily posture appropriate for prayer, signifying humility and reverence.

* In keeling down before God we debase ourselves asking His mercy and the forgiveness of our sins.

* Abraham bowed to the Hittites (Gen 23:7) as a sign of his gratitude to them. Jacob too bowed to Esau (Gen. 33:3) to absorb his brother's anger and intentions to take revenge.

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