Wednesday, April 19, 2006

"When the Muslim youths saw the cross in the sky, and the people saw our soul, the animosity in their hearts became evident"

The New York Sun has a three page article (4/19/06):'I Cannot Say Where This Hatred Comes' (link)

A quote from the article says that the violence during the funeral and the burning of The Virgin Mary Church in the Asafra started when a Cross was raised:

One of the elders at the church yesterday said the funeral procession turned into anarchy the moment the mourners bared the cross. "When the Muslim youths saw the cross in the sky, and the people saw our soul, the animosity in their hearts became evident," Talat Megala said.


The pious Muslim looters broke the electrical switch for the air-conditioner. They burned the anteroom near the main hall reserved for baptism; they burned the father's offices, and they burned the cupboards and shelves that contained the church's library.

The church, which smelled faintly of smoke, was barely fit for worship. But Father Bejimey's flock turned out every night for the evening service between the Coptic Palm and Easter Sundays to recite lines from the Gospel and remember Christ's last week before the crucifixion. A few members of the congregation had bandages on their arms and legs from the clashes two days before.

And these people would be attacked if they tried to repair their church without government approval. But they will still go. They will still praise His name.

May our prayers be with them. May the Cross of Christ always lead them.

As the Coptic people celebrate Holy Week, may they be in our hearts and prayers.


Egypeter said...

The Copts of Egypt are living the prophecies of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 21:16-17

16:"You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to DEATH. 17: And you will be HATED by all for MY NAME'S SAKE. 18: But not a hair of your head shall be lost.

Copts (and of course all Christians who are persecuted for their faith) can take solace that all things will come to pass and that Christ is ALWAYS with us!


19: In that day there will be an ALTAR to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. 20: And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will CRY TO THE LORD BECAUSE OF THE OPPRESSORS, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. 21: Then the Lord will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22. And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will RETURN to the Lord, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.

25: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, "BLESSED IS EGYPT MY PEOPLE, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance."

Of course these were prophecies of the initial coming of our Savior. But do they not ring so true for the times that we live in now!!

God bless David.

loki said...

My prayers are with the copts.
And all other non-muslims living among those barbarians who would prevent them from worshipping.

And the muzzies say they are tolerant?
What a load of of horse crap!!