The Coptic Church in Samalout announced to broadcast prayers of the Holy Week on its official page on Facebook following the new instructions to shut down the churches due to Corona virus. Bishop Pfnotoius of Samalout said that the church hopes that the procedures will not last for long, and they come to save lives of the congregation. Two priests and 4 deacons will have to stay in the diocese without leaving in order to participate in the prayers.
Bishop Athanasious of Beni Mazar diocese mourned the departure of Father Mankerios Yusuf, priest of the Church of the Virgin at Bani Mazar, in Minya. The funeral was attended by family members of the priest and non of the congregation was allowed to attend following new instructions to face the spread of Corona virus.
The Coptic Orthodox Church in Fayoum has announced permitting the prayers of baptism and chrism for children amid strict procedures due to Corona virus. The church said that monk Timothaous of Naqaloun monastery will make an appointment and only 3 members of the family of the baptized children will be allowed to attend the prayers without celebrating the holy mass.
Bishop Illarion of the Red Sea visited the Directorate of Health Affairs in the Red Sea governorate accompanied by Father Mina Aziz to present medical supplies to the Red Sea hospitals. The bishop assured the support of the church to all state organizations to counter the Corona virus.
A number of the monks of the monastery of St. Paula in the Red Sea, headed by Bishop Daniel, held a joint prayers for Egypt and the world that God may stop the epidemic of Corona virus. It is mentioned that all monasteries are subject to complete quarantine and no trips or people are received, and no monks are allowed to leave it.
The Coptic Orthodox Church, headed by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, announced its support and contribution to all measures taken by the state to confront the spread of the Corona Virus. The church also launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of the virus and how to prevent its spreading. It donated 3 million LE to buy respirators and closed all churches and monasteries and candled all celebrations. Moreover, it ordered all sewing workshops in parishes to work in producing medical clothing and accessories.
The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated today the man born blind Sunday, which is known as the Baptism Sunday. This is the sixth sunday of the great lent, and the story of the man born blind is mentioned in the Holy Bible, specifically in Matthew 21: 28 – 32.
A source in the Coptic Orthodox Church said that His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, will preside over the prayers of the Holy Week and the glorious Easter Resurrection Mass at the Monastery of St. Bishoy in Wadi El Natroun. It is worth mentioning that the prayers will be broadcast on Coptic satellite channels after the Church has announced the continuation of Churches closure during the Holy Week due to the outbreak of the Corona virus.
Father Poulos Haleem, spokesman of the Coptic Orthodox Church, commented on the funeral of a Coptic priest in Mallawy, which sparked a controversy after it was attended by many people, which was considered a violation of the curfew and social distancing rules to face Coronavirus. He added in an interview on MBC private satellite channel that the village where the priest served consists of 50.000 Coptic people and the funeral was attended only by 300 people. He added that Upper Egypt has a tribal area, and the presence of families in funerals is considered a must. Church spokesman stressed that the church is committed to the resolutions of social distancing and decided to stop the prayers of the Holy Week for the first time in history to follow the decisions taken by the state to face Coronavirus.
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