At churches across the country, Muslims heeded calls to join Christian friends and neighbours for Mass - to act as shields against potential attacks by Islamist militants, and to show solidarity.
"I came because I condemn what's happening," said Jailan Batanouni, a Muslim at St Mary's church in the Zamalek district of Cairo. "I want to share Christmas with my Christian friends to tell them not be afraid. If anything should happen we live together and we die together."....
... the large congregations seen on Thursday suggest that Christians did not stay away from church.
"We won't stop coming because they blew up another church. That's just what they want," stressed Jan Mehany. "I think this has just brought us closer to Jesus. Even people who don't normally come to church came here today."
Sami Abdul Messi, who lives close to St Mark's, said: "Whatever happens I must go to church.
"If they try to shoot me or blow me up I will still go because this is my religion. It is the birthday of our saviour, Jesus Christ."
Friday, 7 January 2011
Christmas in Egypt
Highlights from the BBC coverage here.