We pray for the Christian community to continue to embody the love, patience and meekness of Christ. We pray for the future so that these acts of violence would not create forms of terrorism or oppression.
It is less and less disputable that we are in the presence of what can actually and accurately be termed mass persecution. Hard to imagine, since we are dealing with a religion that has long been dominant.
In the Garbage Village I found my Advent story. "When Jesus comes to a place, it changes the whole society," said Father Samaan, priest of the St. Simon Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt. And so it does.