Greetings for the Coptic New Year
Wednesday 11th September 2013
In the message, which was read on Archbishop Justin's behalf last night during a service at St Margeret's Church in Westminster, London, the Archbishop said his prayers were 'deeply informed' by his recent visit to Cairo. He spoke of his 'joy' at meeting the recently enthroned Pope Tawadros, who he said has come to a position of leadership 'during difficult times for our world and especially for Egypt.'
Wishing the Coptic Orthodox Church every blessing for the New Year, the Archbishop said: 'May God’s Spirit comfort you in sorrow and pain and strengthen you for the challenges ahead. May Christ’s love and joy be the source of your life and all you do in His name.'
The message was read by the Right Revd Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Europe and UK co-chair of the Anglican Oriental Orthodox Forum.
Read the message below:
Your Grace Bishop Angaelos, Dear Friends,
In sending warmest greetings of Christian love and fellowship to my brothers and sisters of the Coptic Orthodox Church as you celebrate the New Year, my prayers for you are deeply informed by my recent visit to Cairo, where it was a privilege and joy to meet with Pope Tawadros. Together with Pope Francis the three of us have come to positions of leadership during difficult times for our world and especially for Egypt.
Since our meeting events in Egypt and indeed the wider region, have driven us all to prayer for wisdom and courage to face the future with hope and a commitment to work for peace. Today my prayers are with the people of Egypt and as you enter the Coptic New Year with inevitable anxiety, I pray especially for the Coptic Orthodox Church.
May God guide and protect you as you bear faithful witness to God who reconciles the world in Christ. May God’s Spirit comfort you in sorrow and pain and strengthen you for the challenges ahead. May Christ’s love and joy be the source of your life and all you do in His name.
With every blessing for this New Year celebration
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