Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations will soon be observed by Egyptian Christians. Catholic Christians will celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, while Orthodox and Evangelical Christians will celebrate Christmas as usual on Jan. 7, according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.
However, all Christians will celebrate New Year’s Eve together in their churches in one of the most attended services of the entire year. Churches will be packed with Christians who plan to spend the last hours of 2014 and the first hour of 2015 with the Lord, offering a sacrifice of thanksgiving for all his provision, protection and daily faithfulness.
In spite of the apparent growing state of stability in the country, the Church remains a vulnerable target to the attacks of radical Islamic terrorist groups who may use the celebration season to attack crowds of Christians or at least plant fear in their hearts to stay home.
There are recent reports from the police authorities that some terrorist groups were reported to be plotting to attack churches and large gatherings of celebrating Christians during Christmas and New Year’s Eve services. Police forces have seriously reacted and raised their alert state to the highest level. However, there have not been direct requests from authorities to cancel any of the scheduled services.
A Christian leader in Egypt says: “Egyptian Christians are asking for prayers for God’s protection to paralyze the hands of the evil one so no terrorist attack, no shooting, no fear may spoil the joy and cause the loss of any lives or any injuries during the Christmas and the New Year’s Eve celebrations.”
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.