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Offline MsGuided

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Coptic Paschal Greeting
« on: May 01, 2005, 01:46:42 PM »
I've got a quick question...how do those of you in the Coptic Church greet each other at Pascha? Is it in Arabic with Al Maseeh Qam! Haqqan Qam! or in Sahidic Coptic with Christos Aftooun! Alethos Aftooun!  or is it something entirely different?

There are a lot of Coptic students at my school, I wouldn't want to confuse anyone by greeting them with something they don't say :)

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Re: Coptic Paschal Greeting
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2005, 02:01:01 PM »
Ekhristos aftonf is the Coptic expression for Christ is Risen - and you got the arabic right as well, but for some reason the usual greeting between Copts is said in Greek (except with a distorted kind of pronounciation with the “ekh” in front instead of a clean "Ch"): Ekhristos Anesti. The Greek is also the one chanted during the Easter Liturgy for some reason.

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Re: Coptic Paschal Greeting
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2005, 02:09:21 PM »
Christ is risen! 

The Coptic is "Kristos Aftonf" with the response "Khen omethmi aftonf,"  which is to say, "Christ is risen" and "In truth risen."  The word "Pi" (pronounced pee) is sometimes placed before Kristos, which means "the."

Our beloved church of Alexandria inherited the Greek from what was then the dominant culture of the region.  Thanks to the efforts of people such as Abba Shenouti the Archimandrite, what was native Egyptian culturally and linguistically was separated from the Hellenistic.  Some things are best kept in their original form however, as several chants in the Coptic Orthodox Church remain in Greek.

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