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Friday, October 15, 2010

Our Beloved and Great Pope: His Holiness Pope Shenouda III

I had the privilege and the honor of taking this photo with His Holiness Pope Shenouda III last year and wanted to share it with you. It is a time when we all need to lift up our hearts in prayer. To pray for our beloved holy father and for our Mother church and for all Copts in Egypt. To pray that peace and love may prevail among all Egyptian citizens. The Lord has promised that the gates of hades shall not prevail against His Church.


  1. Before all of these events happened, i had to teach a lesson on the verse that says that the gates of hades shall not prevail against His Church. I started talking about how God intervenes when something bad happens and does not let the wicked get away with his actions, and i did not really know why i was talking about this random verse.

    2 days after that incident, all the chaos started in Egypt, and i was about to lose my inner peace but then i remembered what the Lord told me himself that the gates of Hades will not prevail against us, because we are his church!!

    Sometimes, i worry that i am NOT worried. I Know He will never leave the ones whom he loves! He Won't. I can say that with my eyes full of tears, but it's because i know his love and that he will never forsake his chosen ones!

    Peace be among You!

  2. Dearest Sayedna! It is such a delight to discover you are keeping a blog, you are a fantastic writer and I look forward to reading your posts. This picture above, with HH Pope Shenouda III is fantastic! It captures his essence really well- well natured, humble and a father to the church and to you! May the Lord preserve His Church and its leaders for many peaceful times ahead. We are all praying for peace to prevail. I hope you are in good spirits during this time Your Grace. We think of you always. Please pray for us. Your children, Marianne and Angelos

  3. Dear Marianne and Angelos,

    Thank you so much for your post. I stumbled upon this idea of a blog yesterday and thought it would be interesting to begin one. Its really an amazing way of communicating with people and disseminating information. Technology can really be put to good use. God bless you both.

  4. Dear Anba Suriel
    I am very happy to read your words.We are all praying for our Holy father pope Shendou and the mother church ,but we also pray for your return to us.We all need you specially in this difficult time.
    Till we meat in person please pray for us
    Joseph, Suzanne and Daniel Boulos

  5. Dear Dr Joseph, Susan and Daniel,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate your love and support. Have a joyful weekend.

  6. Dear Anba Suriel
    Kissing your blessed hands,I am very happy to read your words.We are all praying for our Holy father pope Shenouda III,I also pray for your health and for your return.We all need you specially in this difficult time give us the power of blessing
    Please pray for your son and family specially for my son Andrew and Mark........
    your son
    fr.Anthony David john
    St.Mary's Coptic orthodox church Islamabad,Pakistan