FRESH CORNERMay 20, 2016
A Journey in the Coptic Orthodox ChurchMay 20, 2016
The Holy Family fled to Egypt and stayed there for around three years. They moved through Egypt from North to South and from East to West, leaving their footprints in many holy places all over Egypt. A photo gallery follows their steps, and witness their challenges and successes will give you the opportunity to experience the journey
of the Holy Family in a completely different way.
THE HOLY JOURNEY TO EGYPT
OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON
“ ……….. Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word, for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him”
THE HOLY FAMILY AT MATAREYA
Eventually, the Holy Family left the desert behind them and made their way southwards, crossing the Nile to its eastern bank, and heading for Matareya and Ain Shams.
THE HOLY FAMILY AT EL ASHMOUNEIN TOWN
Once more crossing the Nile, back to the west bank, the Holy Family travelled southwards to the town of Al Ashounein but it seems that they did not tarry long there.
THE HOLY FAMILY WITHIN THE AREA OF OLD CAIRO
The area now called Old Cairo known as Misr El Kadima is among the most important locations visited by the Holy Family where the spiritual impact of their presence is most felt still; though their stay was brief, for the Governor of what was then Fustat, enraged by the tumbling down of idols at Jesus’s approach, sought to kill the Child.
THE HANGING CHURCH ( AL - MUALLAQA ) OLD CAIRO
The Church of the Holy Virgin St. Mary was built on the remains of one of the gates of the Roman fortress, Babylon. The high position earned her the name the Hanging or the Suspended Church.
ENTRANCE TO CATHEDRAL OF HOLY VIRGIN St. MARY & St. SIMON THE TANNER
Mosaic the Muqattum Mountain, the Virgin St. Mary, Patriarch Anba Abraham and St. Simon the Tanner
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY VIRGIN St. MARY AT MAADI
His church stands in a beautiful area on the Nile about ten kilometers south of Old Cairo. According to the tradition, the Holy Family sailed from this site to Upper Egypt. St. Joseph was able to finance the travel by boat using the gold, frankincense and myrrh that the three wise men had presented to the Christ the Child in Bethlehem.