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The Mother of the Church | Father Bishoy Andrawes

The Mother of the Church

As Orthodox we do emphasize the importance of the role of the church’s leader(s) or the priest(s). We often underestimate the role of the priest’s wife. In my opinion, her role is of a higher importance. She is the behind-the-scene support. If he is the father of the church she is the “Mother of the Church” who works behind the scene in love and humility to support the priest to support the church.

On the occasion of Mother’s Day I would like to recognize my wife “Irinie” and her role in supporting me and the church. I always told her “I think God chose you for the job before choosing me”. All the blessings that I have experienced in the ministry have to do with her and her support. I would have never been where I’m now without her and the church would have never been where it is now without her.God wanted to confirm this message to me (and to the church) lately in a strong way. She went last week by herself to Canada to visit her sick mother for a couple of days. I had to stay with the kids for these couple of days and tried to do my ministerial work as usual. It was a challenge! I used 15 baby sitters, I got sick with a bad flu, didn’t get any thing done and finally we had to cancel a service on Sunday! If I leave the church for a couple of weeks no body notices but she leaves for a couple of days every thing turns upside down!

Just wanted to recognize my dearest wife on Mother’s day. Happy Mother’s Day!


5 Responses to “The Mother of the Church”

  1. Andrew Mitry May 10, 2007 at 3:01 pm #

    Happy Mother’s Day Tasoni!

  2. George May 10, 2007 at 4:15 pm #

    Happy Mother’s Day Tasony! I hope Abouna takes you somewhere nice on Sunday ;) We hope and pray that your mother is doing better.

  3. Mina May 11, 2007 at 3:09 pm #

    Happy Mother’s day tasony

  4. Irene Yousef May 14, 2007 at 1:29 am #

    Happy Mother’s Day Tasony! She is truly amazing. May God Bless you both and all the work you do. I miss you guys soo much. Mom and I both cant wait to babysit the little monsters :-) I hope your feeling better Abouna and see you in 3 days!!!

  5. G. J. May 14, 2007 at 10:58 am #

    Happy Mother’s Day Tasony! Even though you’re working behind the scene, but all the congregation truly appreciate all what you are doing and have done for all members of the congregation from all ages. I personally benefited a lot from your advices. May God bless you, reward you and strengthen you so that you can support Abouna in his very hard and demanding ministry. We love you.

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