Skip to comments.Coptic churches burn in Egypt
Posted on 08/14/2013 2:23:40 PM PDT by NYer
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood attend a protest in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, 12 August 2013. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI
St. Mary Church burning in Fayoum
Nuns of St. George church hiding on rooftop after church was burned by Morsi supporters
Another church set ablaze in Suez. As far as I know up till now 4-5 churches were torched in Menia, Sohag, Suez.
Many shared this photo reportedly of Muslims protecting a church in the governate of Sohag.
Smoke coming out of the Greek Church in #Suez People are Protecting it now
This is beyond catastrophic!! Please remember our Coptic brothers and sisters in your prayers!
Also, folks, if you know nothing about Coptic Christianity, it is one of the most beautiful and artistic religions in the world. Bless these poor people.
... and yet another church, location undisclosed.
A while back, I purchased this book which takes the reader into the coptic monasteries.
Written as a journal, Journey Back to Eden recounts Mark Gruber's year of spiritual discovery among the austere desert monasteries of Egypt. His journey began almost accidentally as part of his doctoral research, but it became more, much more. His account - entertaining, poignant, and spiritually challenging - takes us back to the times of St. Anthony and the ancient Desert Fathers.
Father Mark Gruber, a Benedictine monk of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, came to Stony Brook University in the early 80s to study for his doctor of philosophy in anthropology.In his second year of study at Stony Brook, Father Gruber enrolled in a dissertation methodology class in order to hasten his degree program. Much to his astonishment, on the first day of class the professor announced that if students did not have dissertation topics, a compiled bibliography and completed research, they should not be in the class. When asked for his topic, Gruber responded, without thinking and knowing almost nothing about the topic, "Egypt. I shall investigate the Coptic people of Egypt." And thus, he began his study of the desert monasteries of the Coptic monks in Egypt, which would culminate in a year-long ethnographic fieldwork in Egypt.
Now, many years since his doctoral work was completed at Stony Brook University, Gruber has written a journal of his experiences as a student of anthropology and a Benedictine monk in a world in which the secular and spiritual are deeply intertwined. The book, Journey Back to Eden: My Life and Times among the Desert Fathers (Orbis: New York, 2002), offers readers an insight into the daily lives of the Coptic monks, Coptic Christians and the world in which they live, a world which is largely Arab and Islamic. It is an affectionate portrait, full of profound respect for the Coptic church.
Father Gruber's journal of his year with the Copts cannot be called a travelogue of the trials and tribulations of a young American student in Egypt. Throughout his day-to-day activities and frustrations lies a deeper insight into the people of a world in which all things are influenced by the spiritual. In the early days of his journey, for example, he tells of building a sand castle on a beach. Father Gruber is accosted by some young Muslim boys who accuse him of spreading Christianity in Egypt, mistaking his sand castle for a church. Egypt is truly a place of discovery, Gruber says, " ... seeing the character of these people and how deeply their religious concerns and issues preoccupy them and how they tend to interpret everything they experience through the prism of their faith. In seconds, the boys kicked down the towers of my castles and ran away ... triumphant or afraid?"
He also learns with some amazement of the Copts' respect for monks and priests, and he marvels at finding himself standing in churches using a handcross on lines of pilgrims who approach for blessings. On another occasion, he is baffled by an encounter with two Muslim brothers who, thinking there is a bad spirit in their house after their father's death, ask Father Gruber to bless the house. When he expresses his puzzlement, they respond that this is perfectly acceptable, and he should not fear any problems would persist. He is told not to interpret this as a secret vote of confidence from the Moslems. A friend tells him Moslems rationalize that the Muslim sheik is dealing with God directly and "if you want to resolve a problem with evil spirits, you need someone whose religion is of a lesser sort."
While the book can easily be read as a journal from beginning to end, its daily entries lend themselves to being read individually as spiritual and cultural reflections on an ancient people who can offer insights to modern Western man. Father Gruber's conversations with the monks lead to his understanding of the sense of humility and charity of the desert monks. His travels to 12 Coptic monasteries in the Egyptian desert describe monastic lifestyles steeped in silence, prayer and an austere existence devoid of any modern conveniences. At the same time, the monasteries, defined in many ways by climate and geography, are built on a deep sense of community. How is it that in a world of every modern convenience, where geography and climate play little role in movement and lifestyle, most Westerners remain isolated? As Father Gruber prepared to leave Egypt, he realized how intensely he was affected by the Copts of Egypt. Thus, this is essentially a book about a deeply spiritual pilgrimage and the profound impact it had on one man's life. The afterword strikes a note of longing to remain in Egypt tempered with a desire to return to America. "I shall only manage to return to the world from which I came if I consider myself a bearer of the desert harvest.... My eyes will be turning backward, even as I had once looked forward to a future horizon before I came here."
Catholic and Orthodox friends have all treasured this book and continue to share it with others.
From what I can tell, its Prince Tadros church, in a place called Minya.
“Prince Tadros church, Minya, a few moments ago”
Husseins removal of Mubarak is having the effect he desired.
Meanwhile, Wolf Blizter and CNN just reported on Egypt that the government there is “escalating” attacks on the “peaceful” Brotherhood protestors.
In fact, this really should be in News/Activism.
I see the MB is also attacking the Library in Alexandria.
AQ flag flying above some Churches..
Of course, the Brotherhood people are not peaceful. They’re attacking churches.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.
Note: this topic was posted 8/14/2013. Thanks NYer.
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Copts are both Eastern Rite and Western Rite if I remember correctly.
Any idea on these destructions/torching of churches?
Annalex is correct - the Copts are pre-chalcedonian Oriental Orthodox for the most part. The Coptic Catholic Church is an Alexandrian Rite particular Church in full communion with the Catholic Church. At the Council of Florence on February 4, 1442, a Coptic Orthodox delegation signed the Cantate Domino, a document for the formal union with the Catholic Church and the bishop of Rome. Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak (born 19 August 1955 in Beni-Chokeir, Egypt) is the current Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria.