At least 235 people were killed and another 109 injured in an attack Friday on a Sufi mosque in Egypt's North Sinai region, in what appears to be the deadliest terror attack on Egyptian soil. After at least two explosions, gunmen who were waiting outside the mosque opened fire at worshippers as they fled Friday prayers.
In a short, televised speech made after he met with security officials, Sisi vowed to restore security and avenge those killed. "We will respond to this act with brute force against these terrorists," he said. "This terrorist act will strengthen our resolve, steadfastness and will to stand up to, resist and battle against terrorism." He added: "Egypt is facing terrorism on behalf of the region and the world."
Please join in prayer for our brothers in sisters in Egypt and throughout the region as violence and unrest has killed hundreds of people and injured countless others. We join the World Council of Churches in recognizing that “protection of all human life and sacred sites is a common responsibility of both Christians and Muslims.” Let us pray for just peace and reconciliation in Egypt.
God of justice and peace. We pray for your peace and your mercy in the midst of the great suffering that the people of Egypt have endured. Accept the prayers of your Church, so that by your goodness peace may return to all peoples. Hear us and have mercy on us. Let all believers turn aside from violence and turn to peace. By the strength of your mighty arm save your people and your Holy Church from all evil oppression and hear the supplications of all who call to you in sorrow and affliction.
Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.