Today, H.H Pope Tawadros II consecrated the Church of the Virgin St. Mary and St. Bishoy in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Anba Ruwais, after its modernization, because of the golden jubilee of its establishment (1971-2021), with the presents of nine bishops.
The choir of deacons, led by Archdeacon Ibrahim Ayaad, greeted H.H. as he left the papal residence, with melodies of joy, and the procession marched in front of H.H. until his arrival at the church, where he unveiled the memorial plaque that dates the inauguration of the church.
The inaugural prayers began after that, which included the inauguration of the main altar on the name of the Virgin St. Mary and St. Bishoy and the maritime front altar on the names of St. Mina and St. Pope Cyril VI and the tribal side alter on the names of the archangels, in addition to the icon of the Father’s bosom (Pantocrator) and icon bearer (the Iconostas).
After the consecration ended, the prayers of the Divine Liturgy began, at which H.H. the delivered a sermon, entitled by “Our Church is a Joyful Church” through:
1. Our joyful Christ: who made us rejoice in all his works that he offered us.
2. Our joyous Bible: which gives us, whenever we read it, a “charge of joy”
3. Its joyful traditions: with its various arrangements in its melodies and prayers
H.H. thanked all Fathers, the church council, all those who worked hard and contributed to the work of modernization the church until it was done.
After the peace prayer, His Holiness Elevated Fr. Isaac, one of the church’s priests, to the rank of Hegumen.
The pontiffs of the church participated in the prayers, H.G. Bishop Daniel, Bishop of Maadi and Secretary of the Holy Synod, H.G. Bishop Maximus, General Bishop of ٍSalam City, H.G. Bishop Ermia, The General Bishop, H.G. Bishop Youssef, Bishop of Bolivia, H.G. Bishop Angelos, General Bishop of Northern Shubra, H.G. Bishop Eklemandos, General Bishop of Almaza, Amal City & East Nasr City, H.G. Bishop Mikhail, General Bishop of Kobba Territory, H.G. Bishop Sidarous, General Bishop of Izbet El-Nakhl, H.G. Bishop Axios, General Bishop of Ain Shams & Mataria.
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