Rites and Rituals of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology
* The Greek word "Νάρθηκας" literally means "a small case."
* A vestibule, usually a wide one across the front (west end) of a church, considered as a part of the church nave. In the early ages catechumens, candidates for baptism, and penitents occupied the narthex.
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