It doesn’t matter whether or not you were born in Egypt or if English is your native tongue, here’s a list of 8 words most of us usually mispronounce, often without even realizing it. Continue reading
It is rare to have insight into the origins of most Coptic hymns. But for the “Hymn of John the Baptist,” we have just that. Continue reading
“Christ is born!” my priest says to begin his Nativity Feast sermon. Although he has taught us the response many times before, only a handful of people shout back “Glorify Him,” and even fewer (understandably) respond, “Truly He is born!” And as usual, Fr. Luke tells us that this is an Orthodox greeting that we unfortunately do not say.
But why is that? Is it really an ancient greeting? Was it used by the early church? And why is it so prevalent in the Eastern Orthodox Church and yet absent in the Coptic Church?
I don’t have all the answers, but here is what I could gather. Continue reading