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Egyptian Election Gives Hope to Christians, Alexandria’s Bishop Says

By CNA/EWTN NEWS | ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — The Catholic bishop of Alexandria has welcomed the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the country’s new president, saying his leadership will benefit both Christians and Muslims.

“His election…

Bishop Hails Victory for Former General in Egypt’s Presidential Elections

Theleader of Roman Catholics in Egypt has spoken of how Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s victory in the presidential elections is a “cause for hope” both for Christians and Muslims in the country. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Adel Zaky, Vicar Apostolic of Alexandria and supreme he…

Political Representatives Reject Accusations Against Egyptian Monks

Political and academic representatives in Egypt denounced accusations leveled against monks from one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world. According to Fides News Agency, the monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai were accused of “infidelity to the Egyptian nation” and colluding with “foreign entit…

Christians in Egypt: ‘We Are Made to Feel Inferior’

By Jayson Casper
Life is not easy in Egypt for Christians. Beyond the reports of churches burned and homes attacked, there is a more subtle hardship affecting ordinary families. While not universal, mistreatment and discrimination are unfortunately common.
“Every day we leave our house, not knowing what will h…

Pope urges Egyptian Christians to ‘Be strong, do not fear!’

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2013 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis concelebrated his daily Mass this morning with the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, offering prayers for peace, and renewing his call for religious freedom throughout the Middl…

Dec 06, Office of Readings for Friday of the 1st week of Advent

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. I:
Ordinary: 649
Proper of Seasons: 183
Psalter: Friday, Week I, 764

Christian Prayer:
Does not contain Office of Readings.

Office of Readings for Friday of the First Week of Advent

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

The advent of our God
With eager prayers we greet,
And singing haste upon the road
His coming reign to meet.

The everlasting Son
Scorns not the Virgin’s womb;
That we from bondage may be won
He bears a bondsman’s doom.

Daughter of Zion, rise
To meet thy lowly King,
Let not thy stubborn heart despise
The peace he comes to bring.

On clouds of dazzling light,
As judge he comes again,
His scattered people to unite
With Him in heaven to reign.

Let evil flee away
Ere that dread hour shall come,
Let this old Adam day by day
The new man all put on.

Praise to the Incarnate Son,
Who comes to set us free,
With Father and with Spirit One,
To all eternity.

The advent of our God by Wakefield Cathedral Choir; Words: Charles Coffin, 1736; trans. Harriett Packer, 1906; Music: St. Thomas (Williams)

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Rise up Lord, and come to my aid.

Psalm 35
The Lord as Savior in time of persecution

They came together… and laid their plans to capture Jesus by treachery and put him to death (Matthew 26:3-4)

I

O Lord, plead my cause against my foes;
fight those who fight me.
Take up your buckler and shield;
arise to help me.
O Lord, say to my soul:
I am your salvation.

But my soul shall be joyful in the Lord
and rejoice in his salvation.
My whole being will say:
Lord, who is like you?

Lying witnesses arise
and accuse me unjustly.
They repay me evil for good;
my soul is forlorn.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Rise up Lord, and come to my aid.

Ant. 2 All powerful Lord, stand by me and defend me.

II

When they were sick I went into mourning,
afflicted with fasting.
My prayer was ever on my lips,
as for a brother, a friend.
I went as though mourning a mother,
bowed down with grief.

Now that I am in trouble they gather,
they gather and mock me.
They take me by surprise and strike me
and tear me to pieces.
They provoke me with mockery on mockery
and gnash their teeth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. All powerful Lord, stand by me and defend me.

Ant. 3 My tongue will speak of your goodness all the day long.

III

O Lord, how long will you look on?
Come to my rescue!
Save my life from these raging beasts,
my soul from these lions.
I will thank you in the great assembly,
amid the throng I will praise you.

Do not let my lying foes
rejoice over me.
Do not let those who hate me unjustly
wink eyes at each other.

O Lord, you have seen, do not be silent,
do not stand afar off!
Awake, stir to my defense,
to my cause, O God!

Let there be joy for those who love my cause.
Let them say without end:
Great is the Lord who delights
Then my tongue shall speak of your justice,
and all day long of your praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord, you rescue the poor from their oppressors, and you rose to the aid of your beloved Son against those who unjustly sought his life. Look on your Church as we journey to you, that the poor and weak may recognize the help you provide and proclaim your saving acts.

Ant. My tongue will speak of your goodness all the day long.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Let your compassion come upon me, Lord
Your salvation, true to your promise.

READINGS

First reading
From the book of the prophet Isaiah
19:16-24
The future conversion of Egypt and Assyria

On that day the Egyptians shall be like women, trembling with fear, because of the Lord of hosts shaking his fist at them. And the land of Judah shall be a terror to the Egyptians. Every time they remember Judah, they shall stand in dread because of the plan which the Lord of hosts has in mind for them.

On that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt speaking the language of Canaan and swearing by the Lord of hosts; one shall be called “City of the Sun.”

On that day there shall be an altar to the Lord in the land of Egypt, and a sacred pillar to the Lord near the boundary. It shall be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt, when they cry out to the Lord against their oppressors, and he sends them a savior to defend and deliver them. The Lord shall make himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day; they shall offer sacrifices and oblations, and fulfill the vows they make to the Lord. Although the Lord shall smite Egypt severely, he shall heal them; they shall turn to the Lord and he shall be won over and heal them.

On that day there shall be a highway from Egypt to Assyria; the Assyrians shall enter Egypt, and the Egyptians enter Assyria, and Egypt shall serve Assyria.

On that day Israel shall be a third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the land, when the Lord of hosts blesses it: “Blessed be my people Egypt, and the work of my hands Assyria, and my inheritance, Israel.”

RESPONSORY Isaiah 19:21; Luke 13:29

On that day, the egyptians will acknowledge the Lord;
with offerings and gifts they will worship him.

They will come from east and west, from north and south,
to be seated in the kingdom of God.
With offerings and gifts they will worship him.

Second reading
From the Proslogion by Saint Anselm, bishop
Desire for the vision of God

Insignificant man, escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while in him.

Enter into your mind’s inner chamber. Shut out everything but God and whatever helps you to seek him; and when you have shut the door, look for him. Speak now to God and say with your whole heart: I seek your face; your face, Lord, I desire.

Lord, my God, teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how to find you. Lord, if you are not here where shall I look for you in your absence? Yet if you are everywhere, why do I not see you when you are present? But surely you dwell in “light inaccessible.” And where is light inaccessible? How shall I approach light inaccessible? Or who will lead me and bring me into it that I may see you there? And then, by what signs and under what forms shall I seek you? I have never seen you, Lord my God; I do not know your face.

Lord most high, what shall this exile do, so far from you? What shall your servant do, tormented by love of you and cast so far from your face? He yearns to see you, and your face is too far from him. He desires to approach you, and your dwelling is unapproachable. he longs to find you, and does not know your dwelling place. He strives to look for you, and does not know your face.

Lord, you are my God and you are my Lord, and I have never seen you. You have made me and remade me, and you have given me all the good things I possess and still I do not know you. I was made in order to see you, and I have not yet done that for which I was made.

Lord, how long will it be? How long, Lord, will you forget us? How long will you turn your face away from us? When will you look upon us and hear us? When will you enlighten our eyes and show us your face? When will you give yourself back to us?

Look upon us, Lord, hear us and enlighten us, show us your very self. Restore yourself to us that it may go well with us whose life is so evil without you. Take pity on our efforts and our striving toward you, for we have no strength apart form you.

Teach me to seek you, and when I seek you show yourself to me, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, nor can I find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in desiring you and desire you in seeking you, find you in loving you.

RESPONSORY Psalm 80:19, 20; 106:4

Never will we leave you, Lord;
you will fill us with life,
and we will call on your name.
Show us your face and we shall be saved.

Remember us, Lord, because of the love you have for your people.
Come and bring us your salvation.
Show us your face and we shall be saved.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Stir up your power, we pray, O Lord, and come,
that with you to protect us,
we may ind rescue
from the pressing dangers of our sins,
and with you to set us free,
we may be found worthy of salvation.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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Egypt Suffers Terrorism, Not Religious Conflict, Says Coptic Priest

By CNA/EWTN NEWS |
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — A priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria has rejected claims that attacks on Egyptian Christians indicate a religious conflict, noting that terrorists in the country are attacking many…

Egyptian Christians Continue to Face Attacks

In the weeks and months following the wave of violence in Egypt that saw the destruction of scores of churches, Christian communities in the country continue to face persecution and the threat of attack. Another incident of violence came last week w…

Growing Concern In Egypt After Attack on Coptic Church

Chaos erupted in front of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Our Lady in Hadra, Egypt when two masked men on a motorcycle attached churchgoers participating in a wedding. The men opened fire on the crowd, killing 4 and injuring 12 people. Among the dead wa…

English Bishops Call Global Community to See Christian Targeting in Egypt

The general secretary of the episcopal conference of England and Wales today released a statement calling the international community to recognize the violence specifically aimed at Christians in Egypt. Monsignor Marcus Stock noted that the “spotlig…

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