This is an observance of Christmas that I was not aware of. The explanation makes sense to me.
Many God Bless and Protect Coptic Christians. They have been through a lot of persecution in the past year.
Merry Christmas to my Coptic brothers and sisters. I saw a wonderful video where a group of Muslim women ‘decked out in the traditional Islamic garb, brought a blind child to the church, with nowehere else to turn. The priest, who I think might have actually been the Coptic Pope, then healed him and the women rejoiced.
I would add the Christian Assyrians to that list as well. The Muslim invaders basically wiped them out. Only a small segment left in Syria (which Obama’s buddies fighting Assad are trying to kill).
O heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of Truth
who are in all places and fillest all things:
Treasury of good things and Giver of life:
Come and dwell in us and cleanse us from every stain,
and save our souls, O good One.
Some Old Order Amish are “old calenderists”. “Old Michaelmass” (October 11) is one of their solemn holy days.
Some of the differences are more fundamental, since the split from the Orthodox-Catholic branch of the Christian faith was very early. But yes, to the Western sensibility, the Copts are “hyper-orthodox.”
Merry Christmas to all the Copts and Eastern Orthodox Christtians!
The celebration of the Nativity on December 25th is very ancient. It is NOT pagan in origin, and we may well know what date Christ was born.
Orthodox Russians and Serbs (among others) celebrated Christmas on January 7th. But Orthodox Greeks, Bulgarians, the Orthodox Church in America, etc. celebrated it on December 25th. All Orthodox celebrate Pascha and Pentecost on the same day. This year the Eastern and Western Easters coincide as well.