Remembering our Maspero Martyrs

October 9, 2012 marked the one year anniversary of what has come to be known as the Maspero massacre. We gathered in St. Mark Centre in Hounslow on Friday 12th October 2012 to pray for the families of our martyrs, to remember and to praise God.

The names of the Martyrs: Osama Fathi Aziz, Shenouda Noshi Attheya, Mina Ibrahim Daniel, Amin Fouad Amin, Sobhi Gamal Nazeem Gadalla, Naseef Ragi Naseef, Ayman Saber Beshai, Eesa Ibrahim Rizk Girgis, Hadi Fouad Ateyya, Ayman Nasif Wahbi, Faris Rizk Ayyoub, Wael Mikhail Khalil, Girgis rawi Radi, Michael Mus’as Girgis, Mikhail Tawfiq Gindi, Gamal Fayq Wanees, Magdi Abdu Rizk Ghobrial, Shahhat Thabet Hanbali Muawwad, Romany Makari Lembi Girgis, Megalli Muneer Megalli, Sameh Girgis Fekri, Mus’ad Mehanni Mus’ad

- We often see our circumstances and pray to God for help, strength, protection.
- But we need to understand God's view. He is not 'helpless', He is not in 'trouble'....He has already conquered Satan and can blow him away.
- What is my role as God sees it, in the midst of this persecution or challenging cirumstances?
- What is God's prespective?
- To live with Him on earth, and to see myself as responsible towards those who hurt me. Yes to voice my opinion, but to win them over to God through loving them.
God wants to save others through me.
- I am here to fulfill God's purpose of being the light of the world, and everything else is 'nil'.....nothing else matters
- This is how it was with the early martyrs of the church.....e.g the heartless ruler of Ansena. He was the most cruel ruler of all, and they used to send to him the christians who would not denounce Jesus, after they had tortured them endlessly with no avail.....
- when he witnessed the love of God in the them, he himself eventually bowed down in public and turned to Christ
- Are we pre-occupied with self-protection?
- This is not our objective, this is something that God can offer as a secondary thing, but we are not here to protect ourselves, but to further God's kingdom on earth
- There are many prophecies (e.g we all know Isaiah 19) that say that many people will turn to God and there will be a real revival in the whole region as a result of what the church in Egypt is going through 
- Romans 8:35

Dr. Ibrahim El-Sayeh gave an amazingly inspiring talk summarised quickly below:

  • We often see our circumstances and pray to God for help, strength, protection.
  • But we need to understand God's view. He is not 'helpless', He is not in 'trouble'...He has already conquered Satan and can blow him away.
  • What is my role as God sees it, in the midst of this persecution or challenging cirumstances? What is God's prespective?
    • To live with Him on earth, and to see myself as responsible towards those who hurt me. Yes to voice my opinion, but to win them over to God through loving them. 
    • God wants to save others through me.
    • I am here to fulfill God's purpose of being the light of the world, and everything else is 'nil'...nothing else matters.
    • This is how it was with the early martyrs of the church...e.g. the heartless ruler of Ansena. He was the most cruel ruler of all, and they used to send to him the christians who would not denounce Jesus, after they had tortured them endlessly with no avail. When he witnessed the love of God in the them, he himself eventually bowed down in public and turned to Christ.
  • Are we pre-occupied with self-protection?
    • This is not our objective, this is something that God can offer as a secondary thing, but we are not here to protect ourselves, but to further God's kingdom on earth.
    • There are many prophecies (e.g we all know Isaiah 19) that say that many people will turn to God and there will be a real revival in the whole region as a result of what the church in Egypt is going through.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress,
or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;     
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”     
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
- Romans 8:35-37

St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in London is one of the oldest Coptic churches in the lands of the immigration, and one of the first to be supported and cared for by our beloved patriarch, HH the late Pope Shenouda III.

  • St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church
    Allen Street, Kensington
    London W8 6UX