Praying for our Partners in Egypt

Posted by Rachel Brittain on Wed, 12 Apr 2017 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Bishop Mouneer, (from the Diocese and Egypt, with North Africa and the Horn of Africa) has asked for us to pray for Egypt and for all those affected by the recent attacks. Here is an extract from his recent communication:

“Dear Friends,

Thank you for all your messages of condolences and your prayers.

Palm Sunday this year was a sad one. As I was going to celebrate Palm Sunday at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, I heard the news of the explosions at Mar Girgis [St George’s] Coptic Orthodox Church in Tanta, in the middle of the Nile Delta area. During the Service, I heard of another explosion at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria. The outcome of these terrorist attacks is that 45 were killed and 129 injured, some of whom were Muslim policemen and guards. Sadness overshadowed all Palm Sunday celebrations all over Egypt.

As I am writing these words, the burial of the Coptic Orthodox martyrs from the Church in Alexandria are being held at Mar Mina Monastery in a mass grave.

Last evening, President Sisi conveyed his condolences and expressed his strong determination to fight and defeat terrorists. He also announced about the formation of a national council for fighting terrorism that will have all the authority to take firm action. In addition, he applied a 3-month emergency law. These terrorist attacks on Churches are not the first. More than 60 Churches were burnt in August 2013 as a reaction to the ouster of the former Muslim Brotherhood President. They aim to destabilize the country.

Thank you again for your condolences. Please pray for us and for Egypt.

May the Lord bless you!

Bishop Mouneer"

Please continue to keep the Church in Egypt in your prayers, especially the Church leaders and Government as they seek to keep peace at a very challenging time.

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