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Fr. Michael Ibrahim

Fr. Michael Ibrahim

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Ordination: February 26, 2004

The Blessed Feast of Nayrouz

(Coptic New Year – 1738)

September 11, 2021

Coptic New Year Nyrouz

You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth

(Acts 1:8)

The Coptic New Year is the very first calendar ever known by man on planet earth! It goes back 4241 BC.The word “Nayrouz” is of Coptic origin. The stem is niiaro-oo meaning: “the rivers.” The suffex “ouz” is Greek, thus, the word “Niiaroouz.” Mid September is usually where the waters of the Nile river rises, so the prayers are lifted to God for the rising of the waters of the rivers for irrigation and ask for His blessings at the beginning (crown) of the Coptic Calendar year. When the Persian ruled Egypt from 525-405 BC, they adopted the word and incorporated it in their language and took it to mean “the beginning of their Persian year,” and called it “Nayrouz.” The word “Nayrouz” in Persian, means “the new year.”

The Church wishes you a blessed Coptic New Year. May the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ protect you and keep you safe during this blessed feast.

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