Sunday, January 2, 2011

Until the Disaster Has Passed . . . A Coptic Chant of Psalm 57

American hearts go out to our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt. Yesterday in Alexandria, at least 21 people were killed and 79 96 injured, almost all Christians, apparently by a 2 Muslim suicide bomber[s] who attacked worshipers as they left a midnight New Year's service.* Christianity was first adopted by Egyptians under Roman rule about 70 years after Cleopatra was bitten by the asp, brought to Alexandria by Mark, one of Christ's apostles. These days Egyptian Copts, many of them direct descendants of those early converts, are suffering increasing harassment and violent assaults by Muslims. The Egyptian government is pointing a finger at al Qaeda. [*amended 12:30 ET]

Here, in English translation, is a Chant of Psalm 57 from the Canonical Book of the Coptic Orthodox Church. It seems an especially appropriate prayer today.



  1. It is sad how the media turns its back on the Christian persecution in Muslim nations.

    As a side not the the painting of Christ knocking on the door was painted by a man I went to Church with.

  2. Thank you for sharing this, QR, it is beautiful. My prayers are with the Egyptian Coptic Christians and persecuted Christians around the world.

  3. tragic isnt it..but HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND!!..xxoo..we will prevail!

  4. @Trestin - The media doesn't want to know about Christians--that's plain enough. It's easy to tell from the misinformation conveyed by many reporters when reporting on religious topics that they haven't ever been inside a house of worship with an inquisitive and respectful mindset.

    The painting is a masterpiece; the expression on Christ's face says everything.

  5. @Zilla - We need to keep spreading the word, and we will.

  6. @Woman - Thank you! Happy New Year to you. Wishing you all the best!