Attacking the Orthodox Church in Suhag

Urgent Prayers Needed for Egypt

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

As I write these words, our St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Suez is under heavy attack from those who support former President Mursi. They are throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the church and have destroyed the car of Rev. Ehab Ayoub, the priest-in-charge of St. Saviour’s Church. I am also aware that there are attacks on other Orthodox churches in Menyia and Suhag in Upper Egypt (photo above), as well as a Catholic church in Suez. Some police stations are also under attack in different parts of Egypt. Please pray and ask others to pray for this inflammable situation in Egypt.

Early this morning, the police supported by the army, encouraged protestors in two different locations in Cairo, to leave safely and go home. It is worth mentioning that these protestors have been protesting for 6 weeks, blocking the roads. The people in these neighborhoods have been suffering a great deal—not only these people, but those commuting through, especially those who are going to the airport. The police created very safe passages for everyone to leave. Many protestors left and went home, however, others resisted to leave and started to attack the police. The police and army were very professional in responding to the attacks, and they used tear gas only when it was necessary. The police then discovered caches of weapons and ammunition in these sites. One area near Giza is now calm, but there is still some resistance at other sites. There are even some snipers trying to attack the police and the army. There are even some rumors that Muslim Brotherhood leaders asked the protestors in different cities to attack police stations, take weapons, and attack shops and churches.

A few hours later, violent demonstrations from Mursi supporters broke out in different cities and towns throughout Egypt. The police and army are trying to maintain safety for all people and to disperse the protestors peacefully. However, the supporters of former President Mursi have threatened that if they are dispersed from the current sites, they will move to other sites and continue to protest. They also threatened to use violence. There have been a number of fatalities and casualties from among the police as well as the protestors, but it seems that the numbers are not as high as expected for such violence. However, the supporters of former President Mursi claim that there are very high numbers of casualties. The real numbers will be known later on.

Please pray that the situation will calm down, for wisdom and tact for the police and the army, for the safety of all churches and congregations, and that all in Egypt would be safe.

May the Lord bless you!

+Mouneer

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49 thoughts on “Urgent Prayers Needed for Egypt

  1. Dear brothers and sisters.
    We thank God that our church building in Suez, and more importantly our people, are safe. Thank you so much for your prayers. The situation is still difficult and we do not know what will happen. All what we know is that we are in the Lord’s hands. Do pray for all Egyptians, for the leaders, and for peace throughout the region.
    May the Lord bless you!
    +Mouneer

    • My dear friend Mouneer,
      Be assured of our prayers for you, Nancy, Shady and Ramez but also for everyone in Egypt at this time. We think and pray about you often and know God has you all in the palm of his hand. It is a long time since we last saw you in Cumbria but we send you all our best wishes and Love.
      Sharon, Keith, Lydia Emmerson.
      (David and his family are in South Africa on Mission work, Dad – Peter is old and very infirm, Mum -Rita lives alone as dad is in hospital care now) Love to all xx You remain in our prayers.

  2. Dear Bishop Mouneer and all our family in Egypt, We have received your news from a Diocesan mailing to all in your sister Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. We continue to thank God for your boldness and love for all people and pray that you will continue to hold fast and hold forth tgecWord of God. We have been reminded that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Ps46) and pray also that you will continue to ‘overcome evil with good’ . We pray for the peace of Egypt amongst all peoples. From Revd Simon Holloway, Christ Church, Ayia Napa

  3. God, our Holly Father, Keep you in strong Faith, to witness His Love and Peace to everyone.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  5. I pray the Egyptian people keep their faith at this time and know that God is present and all victorious. He is in control and this life is only a test of what is yet to come.

    May they wear the armour of God and know they are protected. May they be brave and proud of our Lord Jesus Christ. God knew this time would come and he knows it too will end.

    May we encourage and pray that the gospel be spread amongst the people in order to find peace and reconciliation in the Egyptian land. Their is NOTHING the Lord cannot do. He gave us life and how each one chooses to live this life is his own free will.

    I pray that God cast out all evil out of Egypt and restore peace, harmony, forgiveness, faith and freedom to the people.

    Lord, lay your hand on the Egyptian people and let them feel no fear Lord, for fear does not come from You. As Christians, we live in you, through you and with you.

    We praise your holy name Jesus, amen!

  6. May The Lord have mercy on His people.
    And bring this chaos to an end.

  7. Dear Bishop Mouneer

    To all our brothers and sisters in the Lord in Egypt.
    Please be assured of our prayers at this dangerous time.

    yours in the Name of Jesus Christ

    Revd Jonathan Ford
    Christ Church Moreton Hall
    Bury St Edmunds
    Suffolk
    UK

    • We pray for you all. Do not worry because God always with you.

  8. God you bring your justice upon the people of Egypt. show your mercy upon them.

  9. Brother Mouneer,

    We have you and all our brothers and sisters in Christ in Egypt in our prayers. Though many years have passed since we shared time together at the hospital in Menouf, we know the God who loves us all and has all of history in His hands will guard and protect His children.

  10. We will join in prayer tonigh in Addis Abeba. May God protect you all and create a just and lasting peace

  11. We are praying for St. Saviour’s and for all the people of Egypt, but especially for those who act irresponsibly to be calm and wait on the Lord.

    We will be having specialy prayers all these next days and nights.

    Bruce Marquart
    St. Saviour’s Church Wendell Park
    Cobbold Road
    London

  12. God bless and keep you in His mercy, joy, love, and care in the midst of these tragedies. May He surround you and shelter you as a bulwark around you, from the arrow that flies by night. May He hide you in the shadow of His wings. God bless you from Southern California! Be strong in Him brothers!

  13. Our prayers for our brothers and sisters in Egypt . May you find God’s strength and love upholding you in these difficult days – we are upholding you in prayer from Australia

  14. THOSE WHO TAKE THE CROSS AND FOLLOW JESUS WILL HAVE SUFFERINGS, TO ACHIEVE HEAVEN.BUT IT IS PAINFUL TO HEAR ALL THESE.WE R PRAYING FOR U.GOD BLESS U ALL AND PEOPLE WHO R ATTACKED AND DIED R WITH JESUS.MAY LORD JESUS PEACE BE WITH U ALL.KEEP PRAYING.

    • May the Almighty Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit be upon the people of Egypt and all people throughout the world. May the blessing of Almighty God through His Only Son Jesus Christ, and the interventions of the Blessed Mary Ever Virgin may come to your aid in this hour of sorrow. Thank you Lord, I love you with all my heart, please hear my cry for Egypt and your people throughout the world, +++Amen+++

  15. God will protect you all from your going out and your coming in now and for ever.. Amen.

  16. My heart is in pain for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are so persecuted! Of course they are in our thoughts and prayers for their strength and safety! However there is a passage in the Bible that states if our brother is in need and we say, go with God’s blessings and do not address that need we are in the wrong. So my question is: What can those of us who are not living under such horrific conditions do to help these brothers and sisters of ours? In other words what sort of physical, material help can we give these souls? I would like to hear if anyone has practical ideas we can do to help these souls! May God bless them and guide us in seeking these answers!

  17. Peace be with you! Praying for your safety and peaceful solution of the current situation in Egypt.

  18. Dear Bishop, Please know that the thoughts and prayers of our Anglican Parish of St. Michael & All Angels here in Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada are with you, your clergy, and your people. May the love and grace of the Holy Spirit enfold and uphold you all until calm and peace once again descend upon your lives. With every blessing to you all, in Christ’s name.

  19. My visit in July was lovely. The people I met, of both great faiths, were warm and kind, and I am very sad about the current situation. Everywhere I went people said “welcome to Egypt”. The words were especially poignant when they came from young soldiers, at the tops of tanks. I look forward to the day when I can go back, as a tourist, and see more of your wonderful country.

  20. Dear Bishop Mouneer
    Your letter has been distributed through a Christian mailing list in Ireland (which is a wonderful blessing to us and to all Christians in Egypt) and so the sisters of my community will pray very specially for you and I will get the members of my prayer group, who are meeting tomorrow night to pray also. Blessings to you all in the days ahead.

  21. Dear brother Mouneer,

    I praying for God’s protection and provision for you and all the other saints in Egypt. That you will be strong in faith, trusting in God and that your courage and peace will be a witness to the glory of God.

    Yours in Jesus Christ our Lord,

    Eric in Sydney, Australia

  22. Here in West London in the parish of St Andrew’s, we are keeping the bishops – and especially our bishop Mouneer – and all Christians in our prayers today and in the coming days in the face of the harsh trials that you and all in Egypt are facing at the present time. We who live in safety stand in awe and respect for you who remain faithful to Our Lord in such difficult times
    Guy Wilkinson

  23. There is nothing in all creation that will ever separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus.

    Father, we pray for our brothers and sisters in Egypt that they will be assured of your presence AT ALL TIMES. We pray that you will bring peace on this area and that you will melt the hearts of the protesters so that they not only stop their evil acts against your people but that they will turn to you and repent their ways and be saved, Amen.

  24. Joining you in your prayer request. Praying that the enemies’ lies are replaced with Christ’s love.

  25. Lord God, I pray for Kingdom Power in this situation, Your love poured into Your children living in here in the midst of this battle, plus Your incredible peace. Cover them with Your wings and let them remember You are their refuge. That You send Your angels so nothing can harm them. We are connected around the world in the unity of the Spirit and uphold our family in prayer and love. In Your name and authority Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit I bind up a spirit of violence, intimidation and fear. Let the overflowing love and power of Your Spirit, Lord, flow into the hearts, souls and minds of All the people; esp the Muslim Brotherhood. And claim them for Your salvation. You can do immeasurably more than we could even think or ask! Thank You Father that we belong to such a loving and powerful God! In Jesus name, amen.

  26. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have good friends who are both Muslim and Coptic Christians in Cairo who are all devastated with the events going on right now. God be with you and keep the good people of Egypt safe.

  27. I was in Egypt in 2001 and I have a love for this country. Praying for peace and wisdom!

  28. Dear Bishop

    Please be assured that our hearts are with you as we are praying for you. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.

    May the Lord have mercy and bring peace and justice to Egypt.

  29. Christianity will not be destroyed, Revelation 7:14, because of these persecuted, who will stand, and because of the prayers on their behalf. Lord let them be strong and send legions of angels, if need be to protect them. By the blood and the stripes, in the name of Jesus.

  30. God is he Father of the oppressed. He will see us through in whatever condition we find ourselves in. Christians in Egypt, be rest assured that Christians all over the world are on their knees praying for you. Good will overcome evil in Jesus name we pray
    Amen

  31. may the good protect all the people that was created by him from the hands of devil in jesus name, may the peace of the lord be upon you all amen. This end time so be ready to meet the lord on his second coming to take us home amen.

  32. Dear Father, Please be assured of the prayers and thoughts of the congregations here at Saint Mary the Virgin, Stanwell in the Diocese of London. We will pray at each mass for peace and reconciliation for your beautiful country.

  33. God lives inside us and not in a pile of bricks. He is a living God and those who trust in Him will never die but have everlasting life. May God Almighty be with all people in Egypt, enters the hearts of the rebels and soften it, conquers the power of evil and restores everlasting peace in Egypt and whereever peace is needed around the world, in Jesus name. Amen.

    May God Almighty looks favourably on His people, grants all Churches in Egypt the strength to continue to trust in His everlasting love. Amen.

  34. Christians have always been attacked but it strengthens our individual and collective faith and binds us more closely together. So we can go forward knowing that we are truly sharing the weight of the Cross with our Lord.

  35. You are not alone – we are with you and are praying for your safety and that of your countrymen.

  36. Bishop Mouneer, we met briefly at Ridley Hall in Cambridge when you paid us a kind visit. Please know that we pray with you, lifting you all before our God of protection and grace, and we are thinking of you here in England.

    Rev David

  37. Burning our Churches will never stop us from praying. Our God is a living God, he lives inside us, not in a pile of bricks. May God forgive them and protect the innocent from the devil and his followers.