The title for a coptic priest is Abouna. Abouna is an arabic word meaning “our father.” In this picture we have Abouna Abram Abdelmalek and Abouna Yohanna Zakaria.
Priests in the Coptic Church are required to never shave and grow out their beards. This is a symbolic representation of wisdom and of Christ, of whom is said to have had a beard. A priest is elect by the church congregation. In other words the church body picks a male who is close with the youth as well as adults, know the teaching as well as hymns of the church and has the ability to lead the congregation spiritually. Then this elect man goes to the bishop or pope to get an approval and then is ordained by the bishop or pope.
The Sacrament of Priesthood
The Sacrament of Priesthood is a holy sacrament through which the bishop lays his hands on the head of the elected candidate, so that the Holy Spirit will descend on him and grant him one of the priestly ranks. He is then given the authority to officiate the Sacraments of the church, doctrines, and others.
Priesthood is a great honour:
No one takes this honour upon himself, this honour is granted and given by God, just as He granted the honour to Aaron. Likewise, Christ did not glorify Himself to become high priest, but the Father said to Him, �You are My Son. Today I have begotten You.� And also, �You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek� (Hebrews 5:4-6)