Monday, 10 April 2017

Prayers for the Egyptian Coptic Church

The Uniting Church in Australia stands with our brothers and sisters in the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church whose churches were the target of suicide bomb attacks on Palm Sunday.

President Stuart McMillan has condemned the attacks and expressed his condolences to Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church representatives in Australia.

"Attacking people in the act of worship is an attack on all faiths. I condemn absolutely this reprehensible act of violence."

"Our prayers, tears and deepest condolences are with the people of the Egyptian Coptic Church and with all those whose loved ones have been killed or injured.”

"I ask UCA members to please keep our Coptic sisters and brothers in your prayers," said Mr McMillan.

Rev. Dr Ji Zhang of UnitingWorld has written a prayer that people may want to share on this sad occasion.


On this Holy Week,
As we journey with Jesus to the Cross,
We hold our brothers and sisters in Egypt in prayers.

We pray for the congregations in Alexandria and Tanta
We pray for Coptic Pope Tawadros II,
and the families of the victims.
May our condolences be a support in their sorrow,
May the passion of Christ be their solidarity
as the communities in the process of counting of their losses.

If one part of the Body of Christ is suffering, all members are suffering.
We pray for the Coptic communities in Australia,
In the face of this brutality, we speak faith inspired peace.
Where are hateful deeds, we pray for good will and actions.

In the world of religious diversity
We pray for Muslims and Christian and people of all faiths
Be unified in the common good of humanity.
May their interfaith dialogue be a pathway towards understanding and respect.
We pray for national leaders to work in collaboration for the peoples
The commitment for religious rights must be upheld.

We also pray for ourselves
In this Holy Week, we look to each other.
Where fear distorts people’s judgment
Let us step forward and lay our burdens onto the Cross.
Where anger intensifies violence
Let us put the sword away and proclaim compassion to all.

In this Holy Week, we look deeply into the Passion of Jesus
Where hopelessness rests in the minds of many
Let us listen to the cry of Jesus.
In the emptiness of his forsakenness,
There rests the source of perpetual truth
His passion is our path of salvation.