The cave church in Egypt is one of the largest churches in the country, a place where more than 70,000 Christians gather every week to worship and praise the name of Jesus.
Being in the Arabic world, surrounded by all Islam dominated countries, it is very hard to maintain the custom and continue their Coptic culture. Yet, their uncompromising faith to gather and praise the ‘Name that’s Above Every Other Name’ “Jesus” in the Cave Church.
Coptic Christians have actually built 7 churches into Mokattam Mountain in Cairo, all in the second half of the 20th century. This church is called 'the Virgin Mary and St. Simon Cathedral'.
Inside the spacious caverns, beautiful engravings cover the walls, each representing stories from the Bible. St. Simon’s Hall, a large seating arena that accommodates 2,000 people for spiritual meetings, sits on the upper level.
The Monastery also includes an education center, an area for children, as well as a school for the deaf.
A special Arabic song ‘Emmanuel” sung by about 20,000 in the cave church gives goosebumps to people to hear it. Watch the video here.
Churches in Egypt have seen their communities decline in recent years as Egypt has faced political turmoil, a slumping economy and a growing militant insurgency. The exodus of Christians has intensified fears for the future for Christianity in the Middle East (Arab World), as some now worry for the fate of Egypt’s Christians, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities.
“Mostly they’re travelling to US to find better opportunities because of uncertainties in Egypt,” said Rev. Markos Ayoub, a priest who leads the Sunday liturgy at St. Mark in English. “It’s not easy to be a Coptic Christian in the Middle East these days considering the militant insurgency in Egypt.