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We think this sign is in Coptic and Arabic. After the Arab conquest in the 7th century, the Copts started speaking Arabic except for religious purposes. Coptic is apparently a version of ancient Egyptian. Coptic is, and was, written using Greek characters with seven added letters. Although Coptic remains in some parts of the service, most of the services are in Arabic. The "prayer books" are in both Coptic and Arabic.

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