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Throughout history, Egypt has had a rich tradition of welcoming the people of God. Egypt welcomed the great Patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah. Egypt also welcomed Joseph, his brothers, and their father Jacob. It is here on this land where God revealed himself to his people as the great “I Am.” Here in Egypt, Moses encountered God at the burning bush. It was here in Egypt that God guided and directed his people on their way to the Promise Land, revealing himself as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. It was also here at Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments and again met with God.
Two thousand years ago, Egypt welcomed God himself: Jesus Christ and the Holy Family. Although only a small child, Jesus was a blessing to Egypt and through his visit, the prophecy of “Out of Egypt have I called my son” (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15) and “blessed be Egypt my People” (Isaiah 19:25) were fulfilled.
It is here where St Mark the Evangelist established the first church in Egypt, in the city of Alexandria. Here in Egypt the Ancient Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Coptic civilizations intersected and here the traditions and cultures of Africa, The Middle East, Europe and Asia meet. It is here in Egypt where, over the centuries, the Church Fathers in Alexandria as well as in the desert thought and wrote much of the early literature which shapes the Christian mind even today. It is here the church was founded upon the blood of the martyrs – of those who shed their blood to preserve the faith once received from Jesus Christ through the apostles.
It was here, in the midst of this great history and spiritual heritage, that the Anglican Church of Egypt started. In the early 19th Century, Mohammed Ali Pasha (the then governor of Alexandria) granted a piece of land to establish the first Anglican Church in Alexandria. Since its beginning, the Anglican Church in Egypt has been committed to serving the community and working for the welfare of our beloved country Egypt.