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January 6, 2014

Merry Christmas1

In Coptic, the Christmas greeting is as follows:

–        rr1 (Pikhristos avmacf) (Christ is born!)

–         rr2 (Khen Omethmi Avmacf) (In truth he is born!)

The Coptic Christmas greeting is on the same line of Easter (Paschal) greeting:

–        rr3 (Pikhristos Aftonf!) (Christ is risen!)

–        rr4(Khen oumethmi aftonf!) (In truth he is risen!)

In Christmas greeting exchange there is no emphasis on merriment but on being happy by the birth of Christ, the saviour of the word. It simply goes:

–  Christ is born!

–  In truth he’s born!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2014 3:09 pm

    i think it’s “avmacf” not “afmacf” because “mici” means “give birth to” i.e its meaning is in active form…so we have to put it in passive form by using “av-” which is the pronoun of third person plural….thanks

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      January 6, 2014 3:54 pm

      Thank you! Corrected.

  2. Nabil Sabry Isshak permalink
    January 6, 2014 7:38 pm

    Great to hear the initiative which brother D.B passed to greet one another in Christmas. I was just passing it around in my church and hope it get popularised.
    Khristos aav-masf meaning Christ was born
    Which corresponds , as referred to in the message Khristos aaf-tonf Christ has risen

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      January 6, 2014 10:01 pm

      Thank you Dr Isshak. I, too, hope that it gets reused by our Church.

  3. Samir Girgis permalink
    January 11, 2017 4:48 pm

    avmasf, but in coptic there is N, is it silent?

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      January 11, 2017 7:40 pm

      No n in this formation. Avmasf is the passive voice.

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