Sunday, August 18, 2013

Oremus: For Egypt and Our Brothers and Sisters Suffering in the Body

Upon seeing this image of a decapitated statue of Our Lady in Egypt ...

... I remembered the story of the apparition above the Coptic church near Cairo. It is time again to invoke Our Lady of Zeitoun for peace in Egypt. She appeared there first on April 2, 1968--45 years ago. No doubt it is still in the national memory there. When she appeared, she said nothing, but she came with signs and miracles for Christians and non-Christians alike. I would encourage anyone who wishes there be an end to the violence to turn to Our Lady's supplication.

Her appearance in 1968 seems to be an invitation to enter deeply into prayer for this land torn by violence, a land in which the Holy Family sought refuge from the murderous Herod. Our Lady is the Help of Christians, as we invoke her in the Litany of Loreto. No evil is greater than she who conceived the Author of Life and Prince of Peace in the stillness of her virginal womb. By her "yes," she made the Co-Equal, Co-Eternal Son of God our brother, conquering the pride of the serpent by her perfect humility and immortal meekness.

For the Christians in Egypt, let us pray! She who gave flesh to the Savior of the world will not refuse us.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Our Lady and Divine Child with Rosary. Image from St. Peter's List.