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The Alexandrian Rite is officially called the Liturgy of Saint Mark, traditionally regarded as the first bishop of Alexandria. Their present liturgy contains elements of Byzantine Rite of Saint Basil and the Liturgies of Saints Mark, Cyril, and Gregory Nazianzus. This rite is divided into two rite, that is, The Coptic Rite And The Ge'ez Rite. Primarily located in Egypt, The Coptic Rite uses the Coptic and Arabic language in its liturgy at both Coptic Orthodox Church and Coptic Catholic Church. Living in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Jerusalem, and Somalia, The Ge'ez Rite is used at both Ethiopean Orthodox Church, Eritrean Orthodox Church, and Ethiopian Catholic Church in their liturgies. From the Greek word λειτουργια, which can be transliterated as leitourgia, meaning the work of the people, a liturgy comprises a prescribed religious ceremony, according to the traditions of a particular religion; it may refer to, or include, an elaborate formal ritual (such as the Catholic Mass), a daily activity such... Mark the Evangelist (Greek: Markos) (1st century) is traditionally believed to be the author of the Gospel of Mark, drawing much of his material from Peter. ... The term Eastern Rites may refer to the liturgical rites used by many ancient Christian Churches of Eastern Europe and the Middle East that, while being part of the Roman Catholic Church, are distinct from the Latin Rite or Western Church. ... Basil (ca. ... Cyril of Jerusalem was a distinguished theologian of the early Church ( 315 - 386). ... An icon of Saint Gregory Nazianzen the theologian holding a Gospel Book Saint Gregory Nazianzen (AD 329 - January 25, 389), also known as Saint Gregory the Theologian, was a 4th century Christian bishop of Constantinople. ... Jesus Christ in a Coptic icon. ... This Ethiopian icon shows St. ... Coptic is the last phase of ancient Egyptian. ... The Arabic language (Arabic: ‎ translit: ), or simply Arabic (Arabic: ‎ translit: ), is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. ... Jesus Christ in a Coptic icon. ... The Coptic Catholic Church is an Alexandrian Rite church sui juris particular Church in full communion with the Pope of Rome. ... Jerusalem (Hebrew: Yerushalayim; Arabic: al-Quds; Greek Ιεροσόλυμα; Latin Aelia Capitolina) is an ancient Middle Eastern city on the watershed between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea at an elevation of 650-840 meters. ... This Ethiopian icon shows St. ... The Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church is an Oriental Orthodox church. ... The Ethiopian Catholic Church is a sui iuris particular Catholic and Orthodox Church in full communion with the Holy See and of the Alexandrian, or Coptic, Rite. ...


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