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At the start of the week of prayer
Representatives of five denominations pray for the unity of the churches
All Saints Episcopal/Anglican Cathedral in Zamalek hosted today, Thursday, the opening of the week of prayer for unity, where the heads of the five denominations and members of the Egypt Council of Churches participated in a collective prayer for the unity of the church
Anba Daniel, Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church conveyed the greetings of Pope Tawadros, who always strives for the unity of churches, pointing to the qualities of a humble servant
The Secretary of the Holy Synod affirmed that the humble servant and the humble shepherd is human being loved by all. It is a virtue that brings the servant closer to the people, adding: The humble servant seeks to escape from divisions and conflict.
The Apostolic Nuncio, Nicolas Henry, the Vatican’s ambassador to Cairo, gave a spiritual speech in which he said: “Let us remember the vows of baptism and encourage you to urge the faithful to the importance of prayer, sacrifice, and acts of mercy and goodness.”
He added: We pray together for our change and for the change of all sinners in the world as we look to the source of our hope in full: In times of violence and wars we remember the way Christ treated his life and how he rejected violence and replaced it with love.
While Rev. Refaat Fikri, Co-Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches, confirmed that the Episcopal/Anglican Church provides a service to man regardless of his gender, religion or color.
He pointed out in his speech that the Lord Christ came to make peace, not quarrel, so he did not resort to the use of force, for he lived lovingly without weakness.
And my thought stressed: We are all members of the one body of Christ
Intolerance breaks us apart, and divisions between us destroy Christ’s message of love, acceptance, and forgiveness. Let us accept our diversity and pluralism, adding: We realize that one flower does not make a garden, and one melody does not give beautiful melodies.
As for Father Domuskinos Al-Azra’i, Secretary-General of the Egypt Council of Churches, he said in his speech that this occasion is valuable and essential, but it bears wounds and sorrows caused by the past centuries, but it is still bleeding.
The Secretary-General considered that prayer is a weapon that is still effective, so we must strive for unity and love for all, bearing in mind Christ, the sacrifice of the world, who was not crucified for a specific group, but for the salvation of all mankind.
He concluded: We pray for this country that embraced the Holy Family, its police, and army, and we commend the efforts of its government that brought back Egyptian students from Ukraine.
The Week of Prayer for Unity, which is held once a year, aims to unite hearts in praying together for the unity of the Church and for the good of Egypt. The Council distributes prayer meetings and liturgies during the week to the five-member sects.
It is worth noting that the Episcopal/ Anglican Church is an active member of the Egypt Council of Churches within five churches: the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, the Episcopal/Anglican Church, the Evangelical Church, and the Greek Orthodox Church.