CWNews.com - A representative of Egypt’s largest Christian church, invited to address the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, said that the meeting may come too late to stem the exodus of Christians from the region. A Coptic Orthodox bishop spoke of the “martyrdom, marginalization, and the feeling of being non-native citizens” that afflict Christians in Egypt, and impel many ambitious young Christians to seek a better life elsewhere.

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Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)