Sunday, July 7, 2013

Egypt: Muslims murder Coptic priest

Pope Tawadros
Egypt: Muslims murder Coptic priest

Coptic Pope Tawadros, spiritual leader of Egypt's 12 million Christians, giving his blessing to the removal of Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi, and His Holiness's having attended the announcement by armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suspending the constitution, sectarian violence erupted once again, against the Coptic citizens of Egypt. Gunmen shot dead a Coptic priest in Egypt's lawless Northern Sinai on Saturday.

The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish. Attacks on Coptic churches, including Saint Mark Cathedral in Cairo, had seen a dramatic increase since the Muslim Brotherhood came to power. It seems the majority of Egyptians wanted the brotherhood out, having witnessed an increase in sectarian violence, and the increasingly forced Islamization of Egyptian society.

At least 30 people died and more than 1,000 wounded after Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement called "Friday of Rejection" protests across the country and tried to march on the military compound where the ousted president is held. It is my prayer that the United States government will see that this was not a case of a coup against a lawfully elected government, but the true face of the Muslim Brotherhood enforcing a strict form of Islam on a secular country, as well as the pronounced increase of persecution on Egypt's Coptic minority.

Please join me in praying for our Coptic brothers and sisters, and let us continue to pray for the release of the two senior Syrian Orthodox bishops who are still missing after being kidnapped more than a month ago. Let us also pray that Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and President Obama, will finally get that Christians are being persecuted and killed while the United States continues to back the wrong people throughout the Middle East.

Love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Sunday July 7, 2013 / June 24, 2013
2nd Sunday after Pentecost. All Russian Saints. Tone one.
Apostles' (Peter & Paul) Fast. Fish Allowed

Korobeinikov-Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (movable holiday on the Saturday after to June 18th ).
All venerable and holy Fathers of the Holy Mount Athos (movable holiday on the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost).
All venerable and holy Fathers of Bulgaria (movable holiday on the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost).
"Kaluga" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1771) (movable holiday on the first Sunday of the Apostles' Fast).
Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
Venerable Anthony, abbot of Dymsk (Novgorod) (1224).
Righteous Youths John (1566) and James (1569) of Meniugi (Novgorod).
Martyrs Orentius, Pharnacius, Eros, Firmus, Firminus, Cyriacus, and Longinus, in Georgia (3rd c.).
St. Nicetas, bishop of Remesiana (414) (Neth.).
Venerable John, monk, of Yaransk (Solovki) (1561).
St. Michael, great prince of Tver (1319).
New Martyr Panagiotes of Caesarea in Cappadocia (1765) (Greek).
Translation of the relics (1492) of Martyr John the New (1332) to Suceava, Romania (Romania).
Synaxis of the Righteous Zacharias and Elizabeth (Greek).
St. John the Hermit of Bohemia (904).
St. Athanasius of Paros (1813).
St. Gerasim (Dobroserdov), bishop of Astrakhan and Enotaeva (1880).
You can read the life of the saint in red, by clicking on the name.

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With love in Christ,  
Abbot Tryphon

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The Scripture Readings for the Day

Romans 2:10-16

10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

Matthew 4:18-23

Four Fishermen Called as Disciples

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Jesus Heals a Great Multitude

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

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