Abba Seraphim assisted at the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Pentecost in St. Mark’s Cathedral, Abbesseya, Cairo, on 23 May 2010. During the Divine Liturgy His Holiness Pope Shenouda III ordained a number of new priests for both the churches in Cairo and those in the lands of emigration. These included Father Boula to work alongside Fr. Kyrillos in Abagaya, where Abba Seraphim and other British Orthodox members have been regular visitors; and Fr. Mina for the Coptic Orthodox Parish of St. Mary & Archangel Mikhael at Golders Green.
In the afternoon, Abba Seraphim, accompanied by Shenouda Mamdouh and his wife Mary, visited the Monastery of St. Macarios (Deir Abu Maqar) in the Wadi al Natrun to pray at the shrines of the three St. Makarios, St. John the Short, the 49 Martyrs of Sheheet and the more recently discovered relics of St. John the Baptist and the Prophet Elijah. They were warmly received by the fathers and entertained to lunch. Returning to Cairo Abba Seraphim invited the family of his host, Mr. Mamdouh Abdou to a Nile felucca trip.
Fr Anthony Clements, the British Orthodox General Priest in Scotland, assisted Fr. Karas Anba Bishoy and Fr.Seraphim El Souriani in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Coptic Cathedral of St. George & St. Athanasios in Newcastle on the Feast of Pentecost (23 May). The large congregation included not only expatriate Egyptians and Sudanese, but also worshippers from Iraq and Eritrea, as well as a large group of Coptic Canadian students in Britain to attend Newcastle university. His Grace Bishop Antony was not present as he was attending the annual Pentecost meeting of the Holy Synod in Cairo.
H.Pope Shenouda III presided over the annual meeting of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church on the Eve of Pentecost, Saturday, 22 May 2010 with eighty-seven members personally present.
The Synod meets in the Church of St. Antony on the second floor of the Papal Residence at Anba Rueis in Abbesaya, Cairo. From the United Kingdom the bishops attending were Metropolitan Seraphim, Bishop Antony and Bishop Angaelos. The meeting lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 pm and discussed the reports of the synodal sub committees for pastoral care, monasticism, the church rites, diocesan affairs and ecumenism. At the conclusion H.H. Pope Shenouda posed for a group photograph with the Synod members before entertaining them to lunch at the Patriarchate.
In the later afternoon Abba Seraphim, accompanied by Shenouda Mandouh and his wife, Mary, visited the Convent of Prince Theodore (Amir Tadros) in Haret-ar-Rum, where they were received by the Abbess, Tamev Adrosios, before returning to Heliopoils to dine with Mr. Mamdouh Abdou and his family.
Despite having to cancel the planned BOC Pilgrimage to Egypt as a result of the BA strike, Abba Seraphim will still attend the annual meeting of the Holy Synod in Cairo. Having re-booked with other airlines he will travel by a tortuous route via Paris (Air France) on the outward journey and Rome (Alitalia) on the return, with journey time being much longer because of the stopovers involved. Abba Seraphim will stay in Cairo just the two nights necessary for him to attend the Holy Synod and the Feast of Pentecost Liturgy at St. Mark’s Cathedral.