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THE COPTIC LANGUAGE NATIONAL DAY

December 17, 2017

Today, the 17th of December is the Coptic Language National Day. It is also the Feast of Saint Samuel of Kalamoun, the 7th century Coptic saint to whom the Apocalypse of Samuel of Kalamoun is referred. The Apocalypse was composed in a later century but it is likely that it has a nucleus that goes back to Saint Samuel. In the Apocalypse, Saint Samuel laments the decline of Coptic to the advantage of Arabic, and issues woes after woes upon those Copts who enable that shift. Saint Samuel’s feast is a pertinent day to celebrate the Coptic language and to resolve to revive it.

We are in the business of reviving it as a national language for the Copts!

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