Socon or Bust stands with our fellow Christian brothers, the Copts of Egypt.
For those who missed the live broadcast of this life-changing event in Egypt, here on You-tube are some 30 excerpts of the prayers, songs and devotions- click on the link below.
The event: A night of Prayer and Returning to God in Egypt, 2011-11-11, following the latest persecution events.
…A rare phenomenon where about 70,000 Christians of all denominations and paths of life, gathered together to lift up their hearts with sincerity and deep devotion, in prayer, songs,and Bible contemplation, for twelve consecutive hours…A return to God with all the heart, pleading for his mercy and forgiveness, not only for us Copts, but even for those who persecute us.
The location: Egypt, at Mount el-Mokkatam, in the open-air church stadium. The church was given its name after St. Simeon the shoe-maker, and was hewn in the rocks in the same site where that saint led the Coptic people, in ancient Egypt, in the prayers that moved the Mokkatam mountain, in the face of the persecution at that time…Hence the significance of why this site was chosen for this event in the face of the recent persecution.
John, I know that non-Egyptians may not understand the Egyptian language, but just watching the spirit & the fervor, and the sheer number of the people (together with some of the church leaders), in an act of faithfulness, humility and return to God, is heart uplifting and is reminiscent of some biblical occasions such as that of the revival days of Nehemiah and Ezra:
- “ 1 Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square … and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law, 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding… 3 …and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law…. 5… and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. Then all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest,…and the Levites who taught the people, said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the Law” – Nehemiah 8
- “And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD…Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD”- Ezra 3:11
For the full list of the program video clips, go to: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCF7073A8355407F6