CWN - Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawardros II has cancelled his regular weekly public audiences because of a spate of violent attacks on Christians in Egypt.

The Egyptian prelate said that he would not be holding his Wednesday audiences again for an indefinite period. He said that he would instead use the time to pray for the victims of volence. This is the second time that he has suspended his weekly audiences because of sectarian violence; he cancelled audiences for ten weeks in 2013. 

The Coptic leader took this step after a Coptic Christian was killed in an assault by Muslim extremists in Minya on July 17, and several homes of Copts were attacked by a mob in Beni Suef.

Pope Tawadros customarily holds his weekly audiences in Cairo. 

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Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

“Only one sin is nowadays severely punished: the attentive observance of the traditions of our Fathers. For that reason the good ones are thrown out of their places and brought to the desert.” (ep. 243)