“ ……….. 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 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.
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.