The bells of the Episcopal/Anglican Cathedral of All Saints in Zamalek rang out to announce the start of the Mass of the Week of Prayer for Unity, which is organized annually by the Egypt Council of Churches and opened by the Episcopal/Anglican Church this year.
The prayers began with a procession gathering the heads and representatives of the five participating Christian denominations, presented by the priests of the Episcopal/Anglican Church, while Dr. Samy Fawzy, Archbishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria, Anba Daniel, Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox, Ambassador Nicolas Henry, Apostolic Nuncio in Egypt, Ambassador of the Vatican State and Rev. Rifaat Fikri, Co-Secretary General of the Council of Eastern Churches and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the former Secretary-General of the Middle East Council of Churches, and Father Domuskinos Al-Azra’i, head of the St. George’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, and the current Secretary-General of the Egypt Council of Churches.
While the cathedral choir sang the hymn “Come, Our Father,” announcing the crowds of Christians awaiting the Second Coming of Christ.
The prayer week, which is held once a year, aims to unite hearts in praying together for the unity of the Church and for our beloved country Egypt. The Council distributes prayers during the week to the five 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.