The Christian Church in Egypt – the Copts — is among the oldest in the world. Tradition has it that St. Mark the Apostle established the church in Alexandria around the time St. Peter and St. Paul established the church in Rome. Reports from Egypt say that as of August 18, 47 Christians churches have been destroyed and seven Christians have died in the attacks.
We join Christians around the world in praying for the Egyptian church.
We ask St. Mark to intercede for them before the throne of God. We pray for peace and reconciliation.
Father, in your mysterious providence,
Your Church must share the sufferings of Christ your Son.
Give the spirit of patience and love
To those who are persecuted for their faith in you
That they may always be true and faithful witnesses
To your promise of eternal life.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.
Shenoufe the Copt died during the Diocletian persecution with eleven members of his family. This is his prayer.
Hear us, O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through your name the sea is calmed,
the fire is quenched and the grave
and death are brought to nothing;
You comfort those who are oppressed,
you heal those who are suffering;
Those who are lost in the sea,
you come to their aid;
In like manner, my Lord, also come
to help us and deliver us from this time;
For you are the true God,
the help of those who are oppressed
and in tribulation,
and yours is the power and glory forever.
Paese the Copt is believed to have been tortured and beheaded, along with his sister, Thecla, in 4th century Egypt.
Lord God Almighty,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You gave strength to your prophets
and your holy apostles,
You gave strength to your holy martyrs,
May you also give strength to us,
and protect us from harm.
Take our souls to yourself with our
To you be glory, and to your beloved
and holy Son Jesus Christ and the
Holy Spirit, forever and ever.