Friday, April 18, 2014

Practicing your Easter greetings?

Earlier this week, visiting an old friend who was now with caregivers, (the caregivers having recently arrived from Armenia,) Marash Girl was greeted by the caregivers with the words, 

Քրիստոս ծնաւ եւ յայտնեցաւ . . . Օրհնեալ է յայտնութիւնը Քրիստոսի:

(which transliterates, "Krisdos dznav yev haydnetsav . . . Orhnyal eh haydnoutioun Krisdosi" and translates  Christ is born and is revealed to us  . . . blessed is the revelation of Christ).  Marash Girl could barely restrain a smile as she recalled her childhood . . . 

Marash Girl had been greeted with the greeting that Armenians use at Christmas on January 6, rather than the greeting reserved for Easter which Marash Girl used when she "returned" the blessing as follows:  

The Greeting:

Քրիստոս հարեաւ ի  մեռելոց:           
Krisdos haryav ee merelotz!   
(Christ has risen and conquered death.)

The Response:

Օրհնեալ է  Հարություն Քրիստոսի:
Orhnyal e haroutioun Krisdosi!   
(Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!)

So now you know and won't make that error yourselves, right?  Better practice before Easter arrives!


  1. was the caregiver russian armenian?

    1. since she is a russian armenian, she lived in a country that was frozen in time during the soviet pilgrimage to hell. absent the eucharist, most likely, and absent any formal education in the faith, absent even the bible, it is amazing that she got even the first part right. like Herod, who destoyed all babies under two years of age in his search for 'the king of the jews', the soviets killed off the life of the soul and any knowledge of it, because communism cannot/would not brook any competition for the ontology of man.

  2. she can be forgiven for her purple prose, as there are many out there who celebrate the birth of the christ child and are ignorant of the power of the risen Christ. it is interesting to note that the roman catholic crucifix is one with the christ still on the cross. the romans seem to focus on his suffering. reformation protestants celebrate a cross with that is without a body, just as the tomb was on the first day of easter. the reformation protestants celebrated the resurrection, and its power to transform; the romans seem to celebrate the suffering and punishment for sin. it is interesting to note that those countries of the roman catholic domination did indeed suffer, and suffer terribly, while those infused throughout with the reformation celebrated the deliverance from the armed camp of the evil one and all its attendant suffering.