Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Coptic New Year - Year of the Martyrs

"Because those who see us die, wonder why we do, for we die like the men you revere, not like slaves or criminals. And when they find out, they join us." (Tertullian, 2nd Century Apologetic).

Happy Coptic New Year to you. On this first day of the Coptic New Year, the Year of the Martyrs, 1728, the church commemorates the faithfulness of these men, woman and children martyrs, whose blood indeed became the "seed of the Church" (Apologeticum, 1, Tertullian).