Apparition of Our Blessed Virgin Mary in Zeitoun, Cairo

Last April, we visited the most popular site of Apparition of the Blessed Mother in Zeitoun, Cairo.  There are other reported apparitions sites but the one in Zeitoun seemed the more accepted one by the Church.  It was forbidden to take pictures inside the church so all the photos we took were from the outside.

Entrance of St. Mary Coptic Church
Entrance of the main Church
Images of Our Lady’s apparition at the church store
In this rooftop of the Church, The Blessed Mother first appeared in Zeitoun, Cairo


For more than a year, starting on the eve of Tuesday, April 2, 1968, the Blessed Holy Virgin Saint Mary, Mother of God, appeared in different forms over the domes of the Coptic Orthodox Church named after Her at Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt.

Blessed Mother first appeared in Zeitoun, Cairo”][/caption]For more than a year, starting on the eve of Tuesday, April 2, 1968, the Blessed Holy Virgin Saint Mary, Mother of God, appeared in different forms over the domes of the Coptic Orthodox Church named after Her at Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt.

The first apparition of Our Lady captured in black and white film

Below is a video which relates the history of the apparition with interviews with some who have witnessed this.

The “Egyptian Gazette” of April 11, 1969 reported:

“More than a quarter million Egyptians and overseas visitors attended a ceremony held at the Church of the Virgin Mary at Zeitun, near Cairo, to mark the first anniversary of an apparition of the Virgin Mary at and near this church. Although a year now has elapsed since the apparition was first reported, yet it is still appearing. The most recent report of Her appearance was on Friday April 4, when she was seen for thirty minutes between the central dome of the church and the Cross situated above the church fence, The apparition was seen nodding to a large number of people who stood outside the church. On three other recent occasions the apparition was seen and each time was preceded by the appearance of shining white clouds shaped like doves, and followed by a white light which covered the church. His Beatitude Kyrollos VI, the Pope of Alexandria and All Africa and the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, made a statement on the occasion of the first anniversary of the apparition. This was read out at the ceremony held at the church.” Many patients suffering from incurable diseases have been miraculously cured on visiting the Coptic Church at Zeitoun. The papal Committee has examined the cures medically and scientifically. Doctors were amazed, and have officially reported that there was no medical explanation for the cures they had examined. Some examples follow:


1. The Virgin and the Neck Cancer

O God! How this lady cried! She said “ The Virgin mediates for a lot of people and cures them, and yet she leaves this malignant tumour in my neck…My young children are in need of me, and yet the doctors say I only have 40 days to live.” That night the lady prayed earnestly, insistently beseeching the Virgin Mary to help her. She fell asleep. That night the Virgin came to her and told her “Don’t be afraid, I am going to cure you”. Then the Virgin Mary touched the woman’s neck, withdrew the tumour and placed it on a chest of drawers in the bedroom. The next day the lady hurried to the church, carrying the tumour in a handkerchief, and joyfully told the entire congregation the story of Mary’s cure.

2. The Virgin saves a Child from Under the Wheels of an Express Train.

The mother and her child had moved to visit the Virgin at her church in Zeitoun. When they alighted from the train at a station seven miles from Cairo, they were pushed by the multitudes. The mother fell away from the rails and was not injured. But her 12-year-old son fell across the tracks under the wheels. The mother screamed and passed out. When she came to, her son was by her side calling to her. In amazement, she asked him how he had been saved.  He told her that he found a lady, with a bright light emanating from her face, dressed in white, by his side. She placed her hand over his head, and said, “Don’t be afraid, I am your Mother, the Virgin Mary.” Seven wagons passed over them. When the last wagon had passed, he rose and saw the Lady disappear. A photograph of the boy’s back clearly shows the marks of the rails on his back. 3. The Bible and the Bullet. A young man, who was a Deacon at the Virgin’s church, and the only son of a widow volunteered to join the army. He asked his priest for a bible to keep in his pocket to protect him from danger. On the battlefield he was struck over the heart by a bullet, but the bible stopped the bullet. Later his priest examined the path of the bullet, and saw that it ended at the words “And who is he that will harm you, if we be followers of that which is good?… and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled” The priest showed the Bible at all the churches where he gave sermons, and at different monasteries and towns that he visited.

The Official Statement from the Papal Residence in Cairo on the Apparition of Saint Mary in the Zeitoun Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt

Since the evening of Tuesday April 2, 1968 (the 24th of Bramhat, 1684 A.M.), the apparitions of the Holy Virgin Saint Mary, Mother of Light, have continued in the Coptic Orthodox Church named after Her in Zeitoun, Cairo. The apparitions occurred on many different nights and are continuing in different forms. The Holy Virgin Saint Mary appeared sometimes in full form and sometimes in a bust, surrounded with a halo of shining light. She was seen at times on the openings of the domes on the roof of the church, and at other times outside the domes, moving and walking on the roof of the church and over the domes. When She knelt in reverence in front of the cross, the cross shone with bright light. Waving Her blessed hands and nodding Her holy head, She blessed the people who gathered to observe the miracle. She appeared sometimes in the form of a body like a very bright cloud, and sometimes as a figure of light preceded with heavenly bodies shaped like doves moving at high speeds. The apparitions continued for long periods, up to 2 hours and 15 minutes as in the dawn of Tuesday April 30, 1968 (the 22nd of Barmouda, 1684 A.M.), when She appeared continuously from 2:45 am till 5:00 am. Thousands of people from different denominations and religions, Egyptians and foreign visitors, clergy and scientists, from different classes and professions, all observed the apparitions. The description of each apparition as of the time, location and configuration was identically witnessed by all people, which makes this apparition unique and sublime. Two important aspects accompanied these apparitions: The first is an incredible revival of the faith in God, the other world and the saints, leading to repentance and conversion of many who strayed away from the faith. The second are the numerous miracles of healing which were verified by many physicians to be miraculous in nature. The Papal Residence has thoroughly investigated the apparitions and gathered information by way of committes of clergy who have also witnessed the apparitions by themselves and recorded everything in reports presented to His Holiness Pope Kyrillos VI. By issuing this statement, the Papal Residence declares, with full faith and great joy and humility of a thankful heart, that the Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of Light, appeared in clear forms on many different nights, for periods of variable length, lasting on occasions more than 2 continuous hours, starting on the eve of Tuesday April 2, 1968 (the 24th of Bramhat, 1684 A.M.) and up till now (the date of the report) in the Coptic Orthodox Church named after Her in Zeitoun, Cairo. It is historically proven that the location of this church in Tumanbay street, in Zeitoun quarter, on the way to El-Matarya, Cairo, is on the path taken by the Holy Family when visiting Egypt. May God make this miracle a symbol of peace for the world, and a blessing for our nation as it has been prophesized: “Blessed be Egypt My people.” Saturday May 4, 1968 Barmouda 26, 1684 A.M. Papal Residence in Cairo   Source:  Zeitoun Web Gallery ,  Our Lady of Rosary Makers

Note:  MBM Classic Travel will include the above sight in its Classical Gems of Egypt, Israel and Jordan, departing September 4 and November 18, 2012.  For inquiries please email travel inquiry@mbmclassictravel.com or call +63 2 904 0187 or +63 2 927 8632523

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