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« on: December 12, 2010, 07:01:43 PM »

As the world follows the unfortunate events affecting Christians in Egypt and experiences the pain and injustice they face because of their faith, the Coptic Orthodox bishops of the United States, including Their Graces Bishop Serapion, Bishop Youssef, Bishop Macarious, Bishop David, and Bishop Michael have called for a Day of Prayer and Solidarity on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

Confident in the promise of God that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against [the Church]” (Matt. 16:18), all of the bishops, priests and people will celebrate Divine Liturgy on this day to express solidarity with Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt who are undergoing painful circumstances because of their faith.

This Day of Prayer and Solidarity is an ecumenical one, reflecting the words of St. Paul the Apostle “that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Cor.12:25–26).

On this day, there will be a joint prayer at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral (Corner of 34th St. & 2nd Avenue, New York, ny). In addition, all Coptic Orthodox churches in America will celebrate Divine Liturgies on the morning of Tuesday, December 14.

We call upon all members of the Church to pray for Christians in Egypt. We call upon anyone who wishes to express feelings of outrage and solidarity with our brethren in Egypt to be objective and do so in a manner worthy of the Christian teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. We call upon everyone to pray for the following:

Pray for the peace of the Church and for our beloved father and shepherd, Holiness Pope Shenouda iii.
We pray for the souls of the martyrs and their families, and those who are unjustly imprisoned, injured and all who are suffering.
Pray for peace and security in Egypt, and for our beloved President, and all officials.
Pray for those who mistreat us and persecute us, as our Lord taught, that they may  see the beauty of God in justice and equality.


http://www.lacopts.org/news/ecumenical-day-of-prayer-and-solidarity-christians-suffering-in-egypt
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2010, 11:34:22 AM »

Lord, have mercy.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2010, 12:28:06 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2010, 03:29:09 PM »

Thank you, I'll forward this to as many people as I can.
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2010, 05:59:33 PM »

Thanks for sharing, May our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ continue to protect His people in Egypt.

On a side note, It seems that HH Pope Shenouda is not going to invite the government officials to the Christmas Liturgy, which means that He will cancel the public celebration unless the whole issue is resolved.
This is mentioned here, in Arabic unfortunately  : http://www.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=318162&SecID=65&IssueID=0

This reminded me with the tragic events in ElKhanka and AlZawya Elhamra, when Pope Shenouda had to take a strong and firm reaction to show the government his disapproval of their denial. May the Lord grant him wisdom for the right decision to take.
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2010, 09:56:05 PM »

Here is an article about the service held in St. Vartan Cathedral:

http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/news-and-media/news/primate-addresses-participants-gathered-for-coptic-prayer-service-at-st-vartan-cathedral/
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2010, 10:14:05 PM »

tasbeha.org has all the videos in its front page.  HG Bishop Suriel had a very fiery speech.

I believe the priest from the Syrian Catholic Church was Iraqi, expressing solidarity with the Copts in light of the Iraqi attacks.
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2010, 01:12:32 AM »

For those who want to see the videos, here's the link:

http://tasbeha.org/
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