This made the headlines of both the Egyptian Gazette and the Daily News in Egypt from two weeks ago, the headlines in the front page were about this interesting report by the AFP correspondent Charles Onians .It was about The Egyptian Exorcist father Makari Yunan,the preacher of St. Mark Coptic Church.
Arabic newspapers surprisingly ignored it completely despite it is not only interesting but it is very important. This is the first time the media records exorcism in a church like this in Egypt. Exorcism in Egypt is always associated with secret places , whether for Muslims or Christians , official representatives of both religions avoid speaking in this matter , it is not a taboo but it is like a swamp , dangerous area because both religions believe in the existence of Demons , of course I do not know about the Church men , but there are many sheikhs and Islamic clerics who disbelieve the idea that an evil spirit or a demon can possess a person , considering it from the signs of ignorance in the society.
I think this report can create trouble for father Makari , surely the church knew all about him with his growing popularity like this , but to be under the media spot light , well it can bring a lot of questions and criticism in a way I can't imagine it. You must know that the Orthodox Church now does not like the current media coverage in the Egyptian Press for its activities specially Pope Shounda and his lessons and speeches on Sundays and Wednesdays "I think it is good thing because it introduced us to how the Church thinks" .
Exorcism exists in different religions , in different civilizations and in different countries , I believe it is something related to human nature from the ancient times . In the ancient times it was easy to blame demons for any psychological disorder.
Here are the complete photo set by Onians whom I really respect , the set showing the Sunday prayer attended by thousands of Christians , there are some Muslims attending .
As you see the rituals of the exorcism in the Egyptian Church can be considered identical like in the Catholic Church and even similar to the rituals in Islam
Reading verses from the Holy bible then using the Holy Water , where as in Islam verses from the Holy Quran are also read and water which someone read the Holy Quran over is used. The water here plays an important factor , it is like purifying the body here ,like forcing the demon to get out of the human body , the belief that the demons are from fire that hate water ,if you think about carefully you will see it so simple
If you notice most people especially the old women are some how emotionally moved , there is a lot of crying , a lot of reaction especially when the Priest began to exorcise someone , we should not forget the group influence here , it plays an important role regardless of the individual background and education, believe I know men and women with PhD from France and UK and they believe in exorcism and witchcraft
This report will open the door of discussing the witchcraft and the Church through exorcism , it turned out that the Orthodox Church have allowed the exorcism rituals according to the report for 32 years "Does this mean it was not allowed before the Pope Shounda !!??" . To be honest I never heard that it was done like this in church , still I always hear about those folk tales regarding priests and monks who practice witchcraft and black magic in Upper Egypt away from the Church and how influential they are and were still the Church does n't approve on Witchcraft and it dismisses those men , in the same way I heard stories about the rabbis who practiced witchcraft and exorcism in 1930s and 1940s. Once I heard that Christian monks and priests inherited the knowledge of witchcraft from the ancient Egyptian priests , of course this is nonsense because the ancient Egyptian priests did not write down that so-called Art , it was an oral inherited thing only for high priests . Egyptian people and magic are considered one hell of an old story .
Pope Shounda I remember in an interview with famous journalist Sana'a El-Said hinted to the witchcraft and black magic , saying that it was forbidden in Christianity .
I just like to hint to something that in hard times where ignorance spread and economic crisis pushes the people to madness ,people go to this road ;to the road of magic , the proof is here in front in this post and the hundred millions spent annually on witchcraft in Egypt