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{{cleanup}} [[Image:MapOfHolyFamilyInEgypt.jpg|thumb|right|365px|Official map of the Holy Family journey in Egypt signed by HH Pope [[Shenouda III (Gayyid) of Alexandria|Shenouda III]] of Alexandria]] The '''Flight into Egypt of the Holy Family''' is commemorated by the Orthodox Church on [[December 26]].<ref>Great Synaxaristes: {{el icon}} ''[http://www.synaxarion.gr/gr/sid/1539/sxsaintinfo.aspx Ἡ Φυγὴ Στὴν Αἴγυπτο τῆς Ὑπεραγίας Θεοτόκου].'' 26 Δεκεμβρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.</ref> "''Take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word''" (Matthew 2:13 - KJV)
"''Out of Egypt I called my son''" (Hosea 11:1 - RSV)
According to the [[Scripture]], Jesus Christ lived in Palestine, and the only other country he travelled to (as a young child) was Egypt. The Holy Family, throughout their stay in Egypt, which lasted for about three-and-half years, moved through many towns in Upper and Lower Egypt.
Many of the details of the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt are chronicled in a ''Mimar'' (manuscript) by Pope Theophilus, 23rd Patriarch of Alexandria (384-412 A.D.), who received these details during an apparition of the Holy [[Virgin Mary]]. Other sources of information include accounts by 2nd and 3rd century Greek and Jewish writers/philosophers/historians. Many churches and monasteries were built in the locations which have been blessed by the visit of our Lord [[Jesus Christ]], the Holy [[Virgin Mary]], and St. Joseph the carpenter. Many miracles took place in these locations during the Holy Family visit 2000 years ago (and continue to occur to this day). These [[Coptic]] churches are considered the oldest and among the holiest of all churches in Christendom. Among the places visited by the Holy Family are [[Zeitun]] in Cairo, where the Holy Virgin Mary also appeared in 1968, and Assiut in Upper Egypt, where She again appeared in 2000 [http://www.zeitun-eg.org/assiut.htm]. In one small street in el-Matarya district of today's Cairo (''Eid Street/Shek El-Te'eban Street''), all kinds of bread and bakery cannot be leavened up to this day, since the Virgin Mary first visited that place with the Holy Family 2000 years ago and they were refused bread and cast away. This is an ongoing miracle that anyone can witness till this very day. Bread leavens normally in all surrounding streets.  ==See also==* [[Zeitun]] <small>(noted for its Marian apparitions. It has been suggested that during the Holy Family's sojourn in Egypt, at one point they stopped at this site, where the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary currently stands.)</small>'''Wikipedia'''* [[w:Flight into Egypt|Flight into Egypt]]
Among the places visited by the Holy Family are [[Zeitun]] in Cairo, where the Holy Virgin Mary also appeared in 1968, and Assiut (in Upper Egypt), where She again appeared in 2000 [http:==References==<div><references/></www.zeitun-eg.org/assiut.htm]. div>
==External Links==
'''The following Web sites and resources will help the interested reader explore the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt:'''
* [http://tasbeha.org/media/index.php?s=%2FVideos%2FThe_Holy_Family_in_Egypt%2Fthe_holy_family_in_egypt.rm Video: The Holy Family Journey in Egypt - featuring HH Pope Shenouda III (English - RealVideo)]
* [http://www.touregypt.net/holyfamily.htm TourEgypt.net: The Holy Family in Egypt]
* [http://touregypt.net/featurestories/journey.htm The Sources of Egypt's Traditions Related to The Flight of the Holy Family by Jimmy Dunn]
* [http://www.st-mary-mons.org/english/holy_family_in_egypt.htm The Holy Family in Egypt - St. Mary Monastery (Al Sourian) Web site]
* [http://www.stmina.info/the_holy_family/index.htm The Holy Family in Egypt - Coptic Papal Residence Web site]
* [http://www.egypttreasurescopticmuseum.gov.eg/imagesEnglish/internal/Holye_Firstabi_serga.jpg The Holy Family in Egypt asp?page=serga Church of Abi Serga, Old Cairo - Web site of the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt]* Pages from EgyptTreasures.gov.eg: [http://www.egypttreasures.gov.eg/Christian_Egypt_HolyFamily.html], [http://www.egypttreasures.gov.eg/Christian_Egypt_ChurchofAbuSargah.html], [http://www.egypttreasures.gov.eg/Christian_Egypt_ChurchVirginTree.html], [http://www.egypttreasures.gov.eg/Christian_Egypt_ChurchVirginMary.html]
* [http://www.holyfamily.com.eg/ The Holy Family in Egypt - Another Web site]
* [http://www.egyptvoyager.com/features_holyfamily.htm EgyptVoyager.com: The Holy Family in Egypt] (Clickable map: [http://www.egyptvoyager.com/features_holyfamily_map.htm])
* [http://www.winsite.com/bin/Info?500000026201 The Holy Family Journey in Egypt with Maps & Photos (freeware program - 576 Kb - for Microsoft® Windows® 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP)]
* [http://tasbeha.org/media/index.php?s=%2FVideos%2FThe_Holy_Family_in_Egypt%2Fthe_holy_family_in_egypt.rm Video: The Holy Family Journey in Egypt - featuring HH Pope Shenouda III (English - RealVideo)]
* [http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/670/tr3.htm The Holy Family in Egypt - English Article in Al-Ahram Weekly (2003)]
* [http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2001/565/tr1.htm Jesus in Egypt - Another English Article from Al-Ahram Weekly (2001)]
* [http://www.aucpress.com/cgi-aucpress/auc02/pager.cgi?catno=606_3 Book: ''Be Thou There; the Holy Family's Journey in Egypt'' by Gawdat Gabra, William Lyster, Cornelis Hulsman, Stephen Davis, and Norbert Schiller - Cairo: AUC Press, 2001](Related site: [http://www.holyfamilyegypt.com/bethouthere.htm])
* [http://www.aucpress.com/published_titles/the_holy_family_in_egypt_448.htm Book: ''The Holy Family in Egypt'' - by Prof. Otto F.A. Meinardus - Cairo: AUC Press, 1986 (first published in 1963)]
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