Metanyia

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'.

Dictionary of church terms. — St. GEORGE'S COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH SPORTING - ALEXANDRIA EGYPT. .

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