A Message from Metropolitan Gerasimos about the recent bombing of Coptic Christians in Egypt


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.” — James 1:12

Terrible violence has once again fallen upon Coptic Christians this week as men, women and children were traveling on a pilgrimage to visit the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in the Minya Province of Egypt. A day they anticipated to be peaceful and prayerful ended with tragedy, with 28 people killed and nearly the same number injured.

After their caravan was stopped by people dressed in military clothing claiming to be security officers, the passengers were ordered out of their vehicles. Some men were instructed to recite a prayer declaring their faith in Islam, and when they refused their lives were brutally taken, some with a single gunshot to the head.

These are the modern day martyrs of the Church! What tremendous faith these people demonstrated, choosing death rather than to renounce their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us pray for their eternal repose, and for the comfort of their grieving families.

Christians in all corners of the world are encountering dire situations and suffering on a daily basis. I ask that prayers be offered in our churches to heighten our resolve and unite as Christians in seeking justice and protection from these horrible acts so that all might one day freely and safely practice their faith.

And, as we celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, let us also remember with grateful hearts those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation through their service in the Armed Forces, as well as call to mind all those currently fighting for our freedom that God will protect them and grant peace to our world.

With Love in Christ,
+ G E R A S I M O S
Metropolitan of San Francisco




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Our soul, as a spiritual, active being, cannot remain idle; it either does good or evil, one of the two; either wheat grows in it or tares. But as every good comes from God, and as the means of obtaining every good from God is prayer, those who pray fervently, sincerely, from the depths of their hearts, obtain from the Lord grace to do good, and, before all, the grace of faith; whilst those who do not pray, naturally remain without these spiritual gifts, voluntarily depriving themselves of them by their own negligence and spiritual coldness.

It is only necessary to seek one thing: to be with Jesus. The man who remains with Jesus is rich, even if he is poor with regard to material things. Who ever desires the earthly more than the heavenly loses both the earthly and the heavenly. But whoever seeks the heavenly is Lord of the whole world.

The purpose of God’s Providence is to unite, by means of right faith and spiritual love, people who have been separated by evil. To this end the Savior also suffered for us, in order to gather together the children of God who were scattered.

Do not say, “this happened by chance, while this came to be of itself.” In all that exists there is nothing disorderly, nothing indefinite, nothing without purpose, nothing by chance … How many hairs are on your head? God will not forget one of them. Do you see how nothing, even the smallest thing, escapes the gaze of God?


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