St. Marks response to recent attacks in Egypt on Palm Sunday

St. Marks response to the recent attack that has happened in St. George's Church in Tanta and St. Marks Cathedral in Alexandria.

This week our church celebrates the Holy Pascha of our Lord Jesus Christ. We walk the journey of His suffering whilst also tasting the joy of the Holy resurrection. During what was meant to be a joyful occasion, celebrating the entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, two terrorist attacks happened in Coptic Churches in Egypt as they were celebrating Palm Sunday. Our brethren in Egypt have experienced the words of our Lord Jesus Christ when He said “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”
‭‭John‬ ‭16:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We, the Church, stand with our family in Egypt as they face the aftermath of a violent and cowardice act of tradegy. We, the Church, implore each other to stand and comfort our community during such difficult times. We, the Church, condemn an act on vulnerable people as they worship the one triune God. We, the Church, mourn the loss of innocent lives but rejoice in their reunion with the Heavenly King. We, the Church, will remain prayerful during this period of mourning and ask that no one retaliates in violence or intolerance. We, the Church, grow stronger in faith and continue to proclaim our faith. We, the Church, stand together in unity more than ever and continue to sing in each hour to our Lord; 'Yours is the power, the glory, the blessing and glory forever amen.'

We pray for our brothers and sisters, the security forces and the clergy in Egypt as they suffer the loss of family, friends and church members. Please know we hold you dear in our hearts and are praying during this holy Pascha for the peace and unity of Egypt.

We look forward to our resurrection and our entry into the divine Jerusalem.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:4‬ ‭NKJV

If we learn anything from these events and from Christ act of salvation, it is that 'Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:6-8


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