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Praying for Egypt

October 19, 2011: Prayer Update

The Anglican Church joins with Barnabas Aid in humbly requesting that you join us in prayer.

Please pray:

-For the restoration of peace between all sections of Egyptian society.
-For all those who have lost loved ones or been injured in the violence. Pray that the Lord will draw close to them and comfort them in their grief and pain.
-For the future of Christians in Egypt. Pray that their rights as citizens will be upheld and that they will be allowed to live peaceful lives in their homeland.

Archbishop Duncan also asks that we lift up Bishop Mouneer Anis (Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa) and Pope Shenouda III (Coptic Church) and all Christian leaders in Egypt as they work together for reconciliation and peace.

October 13, 2011 Update – Bishop Mouneer writes of answered prayers.

Today I have seen a miracle. It was very much like moving a mountain. I went this morning to visit the Grand Imam of AI Azhar. I arrived a bit early and I waited at the office of his advisor. While waiting I saw a bearded Muslim man in his 50s who came to present a proposal to the Grand Imam’s advisor.
Read the full letter from Bishop Mouneer here.

October 11, 2011 Update – Bishop Mouneer shares a reflection and a renewed call for prayer.

“Ya Rab, Ya Rab”…“O Lord, O Lord!” was the thunderous shout of ten thousand Christians gathered at St Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo for the funeral of 24 Christians who died last Sunday the 9th of October in Cairo. These cries shook my heart, and all the bishops who were standing beside me at the funeral.
Read the full letter from Bishop Mouneer here.

Call to prayer on Sunday evening, October 9, 2011, following the riots in Cairo:

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I do request your urgent prayers as the situation here in Cairo is very inflamed. Many Christians demonstrated after the incident of the burning of a church building in Mari Nab near Aswan (Egypt). The demonstrations started peacefully as the people were requesting that investigations for the incidents of burning and demolishing churches would be completed and the new law for building churches, that was promised four months ago, would be passed.

This evening it turned to be very violent between demonstrators and the military. More than 20 people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

Tomorrow there will be a large meeting for the House of Bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church and political leaders will have a separate meeting to discuss a way out of this very difficult situation. I would appreciate your prayers for our beloved country.

We will hold prayer meetings tomorrow and I hope that I can meet with Muslim religious leaders in order to discuss a way forward for the situation.

Thank you for your prayers.

+Mouneer

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
President Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

Photo caption: Egyptian relatives of one of the Copts who was killed during clashes with the Egyptian army late on October 9 mourn over his coffin outside the morgue of the Copts’ hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, October 10, 2011. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP

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