See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Copts



Egyptian armed forces tore down a protective fence surrounding the ancient Coptic St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi el-Natroun, not far from Cairo.  The monks stood and prayed the Eastern prayer, 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy' prayer, while the government forces shouted, 'Allahu Akbar' and 'Victory, Victory'.  The army fired on the defenseless monks and monastery workers.  You can read the story here.
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Egypt is a holy land.  The Holy Family fled to Egypt for protection against the first wave of martyrdom when Herod sought to kill the Child Jesus.  The desert fathers sanctified the deserts ever after.  The Coptic monks are among the direct descendants of the ancient monks.  They have an ancient, unchanged liturgy and spirituality, strengthened by persecution and poverty.
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While it is true these attacks have occurred at various intervals throughout history, I'm concerned the upheaval we are witnessing in Islamic countries at this time is the beginning of a new, even bloodier chapter.
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Prayers for the Christians in the Middle East and Islamic countries. 

6 comments:

  1. michael r.1:55 PM

    I pray this is an aberration, and really just a dispute over a fence. All of the reports that I had seen from recent weeks seemed to show that all Egyptians, whether Muslim, Christian or Jew, stood shoulder to shoulder in their protest of the goverment. I saw where many Muslims were standing around Coptic churches to protect them, while Mass was offered. It's hard to know what is going on, and most news sources have a bias in reporting, but the one thing that is certain is that we all need to pray in this unsettling time of change.

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  2. Anonymous2:05 PM

    Peaceful Islam srikes again! Lord Jesus we pray for the safety of these God loving Monks.

    Rick C.

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  3. Michael R - I too pray it is an aberration.

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  4. Maybe we should ask intercession from Blessed Mariam Baouardy, "The Little Arab"...

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  5. A Random Friar3:59 PM

    Only cowards and bullies fire on defenseless monks and civilians!

    May God turn their hearts toward the Gospel of Peace.

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