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Suffering Church Sunday
30-09-2010, 08:19 AM,
Suffering Church Sunday
Further to my other posting, What’s in a name?, I am reminded that the latest edition, September-October, of barnabasaid is also available for download

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The edition includes suggestions for Suffering Church Sunday which the Barnabas Fund encourages Churches to observe one Sunday in November every year. His Eminence Abba Seraphim has long commended this observation and in the British Orthodox Church of Christ the Saviour, Bournemouth, we keep this practice, this year on 21st November. It is not essential to use all or indeed any of the material suggested by the Barnabas Fund which is intended as a help if one should need it… but whether using any of their material or not I would commend to all the observation of Suffering Church Sunday this November.

Father Simon
02-10-2010, 09:51 PM,
Hi Fr. Simon

Would you like me to send off for any of the resources for the Portsmouth Church or Congregation?
The CD does not see to useful, but perhaps a few copies of the Barnabas Aid Magazine and Posters?
"The true Christian is a warrior making his way through the regiments of the invisible enemy to his heavenly homeland." - St Herman of Alaska.
07-10-2010, 10:49 AM,
For clarification, Daniel, I do not necessarily follow the Barnabas Fund suggested material for Suffering Church Sunday. It is material they provide to help but what is most important is to observe the day whether using their material or preaching one's own sermon relevant to both the suffering Church, our persecuted brothers and sisters and the Gospel appointed for the day.

But as for sending off for general resources as in copies of the magazine to encourage more of our members to read it and certainly encouraging more people to use the prayer calendar (praying for particular people or situations day by day) then yes please do whatever you can to spread awareness of the Barnabas Fund and to spread awareness of the persecuted and suffering Church.
08-11-2010, 11:36 AM,

I had originally planned to hold this on 21st this year but have brought it forward to Sunday 14th November.

The change in date came over several days… I received an email in which I learned that His Grace Bishop Angaelos had asked for three days of prayer for the peace and safety of our brothers and sisters in Egypt. Then I remembered that we would be starting the forty three days of fasting and preparation for Christmas very soon and I recalled that the reason in the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate for the addition of three days onto the original forty days Advent Fast is in remembrance of the three days of fasting and prayer in the time of Pope Saint Abraam and Saint Simon the Tanner when God delivered the Church through the miracle of the moving of the Mokattam mountain in another period of persecution and threat hanging over the Church. I thought how appropriate and relevant it would be during these three days this year to pray for our Mother Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church in this current time of persecution with threats once again hanging over her.

Then I received from Father Peter Farrington St Alban’s Orthodox Church Newsletter in which he too wrote of the origins of these three days of fasting and continued: “The Coptic Orthodox Church has not ceased to be under threat from those who wish to destroy her, and in these last few days and weeks many Islamic extremists and websites have been calling for the murder of Coptic Christians and the destruction of Coptic, and indeed any Christian Churches. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for the safety of the Church in the Middle East. There are brothers and sisters in the Faith who face martyrdom each day, and they need our prayers.” So it’s thank you to Father Peter for this confirmation of my own thinking.

During the three days Friday 12th to Sunday 14th November, I ask for prayer for the Coptic Orthodox Church – and also for the Syrian Orthodox Church in Iraq and all the persecuted and suffering Christians in Iraq and throughout that whole region. We will conclude the three days on Sunday 14th November with our observance of Suffering Church Sunday.
13-11-2010, 07:14 PM,
Hello Fr. Simon and everyone,

The situation between Muslims and Christians in Egypt has hit the international news - here is a link for a story posted today on AOL:

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Whilst it is awful that this story exists, at least international awareness of the situation is growing.
20-12-2010, 01:46 PM,
crimes against the Copts
Hello vrc,
I hope the bad weather is not to disruptive, the link below is worth a view and feel free to send it to as many as you like.
This 15 minutes film was initiated and producted recently by the Swiss National TV, it deals with different aspects of persecution and discrimination against the Copts, including the ''abduction of Christian girls and women.''

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Best wishes for the Nativity

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