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The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East


Daily Prayer - Day 22 (from 'Partners in Prayer')

Day 22 The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East

Mother and daughter in Gaza waiting for a
check-up at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital’s child
nutrition clinic.
© Julianne Stewart/ABM, 2016.

God is to us a God who saves – by God the Lord do we escape death.
Psalm 68.20

 

Christ prayed for the peace of Jerusalem and so do many Christians to this day. Though the Middle East can be seen at this distance as a byword for war and instability, the dioceses of the province seek to bless the communities in which they operate. In Egypt, for example, the EpiscoCare centres offer a variety of support (medical, educational, trade education, microfinance etc) to Egyptian families. In Gaza, the Church runs the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital. As part of the many services it delivers, Al-Ahli provides a Child Nutrition program for underweight babies. In Northern Cyprus, the Church runs a chaplaincy for Christian students who come from many countries for tertiary study.

 

On this day we call to mind our sisters and brothers within the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East; and so we pray for –

  • the Most Rev Dr Mouneer Annis, President Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East and Bishop of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa; for his assistant bishop, the Rt Rev Dr Grant LeMarquand, and for their staff, clergy and people
  • the Most Rev Suheil Dawani, Archbishop in Jerusalem, and for his staff, clergy and people
  • the Rt Rev Michael Lewis, Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, and for his staff, clergy and people
  • Georgia Katsantonis, the Church’s Provincial Secretary
  • Sawsan Aranki-Batato, Programs Development Officer, Diocese of Jerusalem
  • the work of Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, remembering especially its director Ms Suhaila Tarazi and its medical director, Dr Maher Ayyad
  • the work of EpiscoCare in Egypt and Dr Maged Moussa Yanni, its director
  • Daniel Watson, Head of Partnerships, Diocese of Egypt
  • the tertiary chaplaincy in Famagusta, Cyprus, and the Rev Harry Ching

 

Lord Jesus Christ, be with your Church where it suffers especially in your beloved Jerusalem and the Middle East. Keep them in safety and security, dwell among them, and encircle them with your peace so that they be freed from all fear. Amen.