May 09, 2006

Antioch is the birthplace of "Christians"

The first reading at Mass today (Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter) is Acts 11:19-26.
The last words of the reading are:
“in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians.”
In Greek, the word for a male Christian is
Χριστιανός
which in our Roman alphabet is
Christianós— stressing the last syllable
The Greek word for a female Christian is
Χριστιανή
Christiané— also stressing the last syllable.


1 Comments:

Anonymous Andrew S. said...

Too bad no one lives in Antioch anymore.

11:37 AM  

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