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Stand, Bow, Prostrate: The Prayerful Body of Coptic Christianity

Stand, Bow, Prostrate: The Prayerful Body of Coptic Christianity

December 8, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Bishoy Dawood Many of us tend to look at prayer life as a mental thing: we praise, we thank, we confess to, and we confide in God – with words. And yet, while we think or pronounce our prayers, our bodies, too, are at work expressing and shaping our souls. In the Coptic tradition, liturgical postures and gestures involve the whole person, proclaiming and realizing the union of body and soul. It is in just this unity that God creates and saves the human person.