These photos show us 'normal' looking women, from late teens to their 50s and 60s, both young and mature. When they awakened on Sunday morning, they no doubt did not expect that this was the day they would pay the ultimate price for their faith in Christ.
But unlike the foolish rich man in the Lord's parable (LK 12:15-21), these women were found in the Church when their time came. Sunday morning, they faithfully went to the Divine Liturgy, giving thanks to the Lord. They put the Lord first, on the Lord's Day, and they were killed in the Church, during the Divine Liturgy, so their holy Guardian Angels immediately conducted their souls straight to the Lord.
And we in the West, who sometimes struggle to rouse ourselves to even attend the Liturgy, or are chronically slothful and tardy, can we even imagine what it is like for our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, and all through the Islamic world, where they do not know if they will be the ones next to be killed, raped, beheaded, crucified or tortured for their faith in Jesus Christ?
So let us gain strength and courage from all our martyred sisters and brothers, who were faithful to the Lord to the end, and who have received the crowns of martyrdom, and thus live to intercede for us lowly ones.
Let us honor and exalt the Holy Coptic Neo-Martyrs, and all the 21st Century New Martyrs under the bloody sword of Islam, who are joining that 'great cloud of witnesses' in the heavenly kingdom!
And let us, at least, vow to be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ even unto death, and to be found in the bosom of His Holy Church.
Remembering the Victims of the Cairo Cathedral Terror Attack
Egyptian Streets, December 12, 2016:
On Monday morning, Egypt’s Ministry of Health released the names and ages of 23 people who were killed in a terror attack that targeted a chapel connected to St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo.
|Marina Faheem Helmy, 20 (مارينا فهيم حلمى)|
|Ensaf Adel Kamel, 37 (إنصاف عادل كامل)|
|Aida Mikhail, 60 (عايدة ميخائيل)|
|Eman Youssef, 55 (إيمان يوسف)|
|Amany Saad, 35 (أماني سعيد)|
|Neveen Adel Salama, 31 (نفين عادل سلامة)|
|Regina Raafat, 50 (روجينا رأفت)|
|Nadia Raymond Shehata, 60 (نادية ريمون شحاته)|
Varina Emad Amin, 19 ( فرينا عماد أمين)
Samia Gameel, 34 (سامية جميل)
Sohair Mahrous, 60 (سهير محروس)
Attiyat Sarhan Saeed, 60 (عطيات سرحان سعيد)
Madeleine Tawfiq Abdo, 48 (مدلين توفيق عبدو)
Mohsen Elios, 34 (محسن أليوس)
Widad Wahba, 60 (وداد وهبة)
Samia Fawzy, 60 (سامية فوزى)
Marcelle Guirguis, 50 (مارسيل جرجس)
Neveen Nabil Youssef, 30 (نفين نبيل يوسف)
Jihan Albert, 55 (جيهان ألبير)
Suad Atta Bishara, 67 (سعد عطا بشارة)
Sabah Wadih Yesa, 55 (صباح وديع يسا)
Nabil Habib Abdallah, 48 (نبيل حبيب عبد الله)