As we follow the tragic events and suffering of our brothers and sisters, the Coptic Christians, in Egypt, we turn our hearts and minds to prayer, especially prayer for the peace of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Orthodox Church. For this reason, the diocese will dedicate this Sunday, May 15, 2011 as a Day of Prayer for the safety and strength of our brothers and sisters in Egypt.
In addition, those who wish to show their solidarity with the Copts by demonstrations and protests against injustice and persecution should do so on the same day after the Divine Liturgy, according to our Christian values.
As we pray for God’s help and support for our brothers and sisters, let us not forget that God is our Protector Who preserves us by His Mighty Hand. This should be especially clear as we celebrate the Joyous Fifty Days, in which we remember how our Lord Jesus Christ saved us and defeated our greatest enemy, Death, by His death.
May God preserve the Church, keep the lives of our hierarchs, and maintain peace, safety, and stability for all His people in Egypt and around the world.