Archbishop Demetrios Offers Condolences on the Slaying of Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya

Natalya Mihailova | 21 February 2015
NEW YORK – After learning about the recent brutal slaying of twenty-one Coptic Orthodox Christians from Egypt by the members of ISIS, Archbishop Demetrios of America, on behalf of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, issued letters of condolences to the Coptic Orthodox Bishops in the United States.

The Coptic Orthodox Christians were kidnapped in December and January from Libya and were held captive until their massacre.

In his letters to the hierarchs, Archbishop Demetrios states:”…With a heavy heart and deep sadness, I convey my sincere condolences for the unjust slaying of twenty-one Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya.  The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America stands in solidarity with our Coptic Orthodox brothers and sisters, and we prayerfully beseech our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to grant eternal rest to the souls of those who lost their lives…During this time of mourning, please accept the prayers and fraternal love of the hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA.”

As a sign of solidarity in word, action, and in prayer between the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Coptic Orthodox Church of America, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod, will represent Archbishop Demetrios of America at a special prayer service at the Holy Archangel Michael and Saint Mena Coptic Orthodox Church in Staten Island, NY.  The service is being held to honor the lives of the twenty-one innocent victims who lost their lives at the hands of ISIS militants in Libya.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America encourages the faithful to advance the effort to express solidarity in word, deed, and prayer with our Coptic Orthodox Christian brethren. The faithful are asked to help raise awareness among fellow citizens and elected officials of the plight of Christians and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East, and to offer prayers for those enduring such horrible acts of violence and persecution.

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