There’s a story from Soviet-era Russia which tells of an official who was haranguing a group of villagers about the evils of religion. After he had finished, the village priest asks if he might say a few words. Reluctantly, the official agreed. The priest addressed the people with the traditional Christian Easter greeting: “Alleluia! Christ is risen,” he proclaimed. And with one voice the people replied, “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

On Easter Day we celebrate the risen Christ: the discovery of the empty tomb and the resurrection appearances of Jesus. But before this victory over sin and death Jesus had to go by way of the cross, its pain and its shame. Each year, during the week leading up to Easter Day we remember the last few days of Jesus’ life, and particularly His suffering for us on the cross. This year our services will be as follows:

There is much going on this month in the life of St George’s Church:

-We are delighted that Bishop Mouneer will visit with our new area-bishop for North Africa, Bishop Samy, over the first weekend of March. They will be presiding at services for both congregations, and confirming a number of candidates. Come to meet our new bishop at the 09:30 service on Sunday 3rd March and stay after for refreshments and the opportunity to greet both bishops

Forty days after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph went with him to the temple in Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, and to fulfill the requirements of the law at that time (you can read the story in Luke 2:22-40).

2nd February is forty days after Christmas. On that day (or a Sunday near it) we mark the day as “The Presentation of Christ in the Temple” - an occasion otherwise known as “Candlemas”. It is a watershed moment in the year, for the story takes us back for one last look at the birth of Jesus, but also looks forward to His sufferings.

New Year is often associated with new beginnings. Or, at least, in people’s minds there is the possibility of starting afresh, even if, in reality, little changes, and what does change doesn’t seem to last for long.

We look back at what has been, perhaps with nostalgia, or perhaps with relief that some particular event is over. The current queen of the United Kingdom referred to one particularly difficult year as an “Annus Horribilis” (“horrible year” in Latin). We probably all have such episodes in our lives.

After much prayer and reflection, Bishop Mouneer has announced a new area bishop-elect for North Africa. He writes:

“I am happy to let you know that I have appointed The Very Reverend Dr Samy Fawzy Shehata, the Dean of St Mark Pro-Cathedral Alexandria, as the new Area Bishop of North Africa.

He will be based in Alexandria and will travel to the churches in North Africa when needed. Dean Samy is a very experienced priest who is well acquainted with the Diocese, its churches and institutions, the Province, and the whole Anglican Communion.

Sunday Services

in English at 10:30
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Verse of the Day

  • Luke 12:6-7

    “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”