from Giza Coptic Orthodox Bishopric
In the era of
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III
and Anba Dumadius, Archbishop of Giza
The Bishopric of Giza announces that the Holy Virgin has appeared in a
the Church named after her in Warraq al-Hadar, Giza, in the early hours
of Friday 11
December 2009 at 1:00am. The Holy Virgin appeared in her full height in
above the middle dome of the church, in pure white dress and a royal
blue belt. She had a
crown on her head, above which appeared the cross on top of the dome.
The crosses on top
of the church’s domes and towers glowed brightly with
light. The Holy Virgin
moved between the domes and on to the top of the church gate between
its two twin towers.
The local residents all saw her.
lasted from 1:00am till
4:00am on Friday, and was registered by cameras and cell phones. Some
3,000 people from
the neighbourhood, surrounding areas, and passers-by gathered in the
street in front of
the church to see the apparition.
Since Friday, the huge crowds gathered in the vicinity of the church
have been seeing
luminous white pigeons soaring above the church during various times of
the night, as well
as a star which emerges suddenly in the heaven, travels some 200 metres
huge crowds gathered around the church do not cease singing hymns and
praises for the Holy
This is a great blessing for the Church and for all the people of Egypt.
May her blessing and intercession benefit us all.
Bishop-General of Giza
El Warraq is Warraq el-Hadar
is a small island in greater Cairo's Nile river
(Giza governorate). It is a poor district.
As at 22 December 2009, more
than 200,000 (Christians and Muslims) have so far
witnessed the December 2009 apparitions on the domes of Virgin Mary and
Coptic Orthodox Church in El-Warraq.
The apparitions started in the
Coptic month of Kiahk (December 2009), the
Marian month/Nativity Fast in the Coptic Calendar.
During this month the Coptic
Church celebrates a special Midnight Praise
dedicated to the Holy Virgin and the Incarnation.
Apparition lights in the night
sky could also be seen several kilometers away
from the church. People used their mobile phones to make videos of the
share them via Bluetooth and on YouTube.
The full silhouette of the
Blessed Holy Virgin Mary dressed in light blue gown
could be clearly seen over the domes of the church between the church
The apparitions also received
wide media coverage in Egyptian newspapers and
Arabic TV channels.
articles on apparitions