The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Family to Egypt is one of the most important events that took place in the precious land of our Egypt in its long history. From Jerusalem, to seek refuge in the land of Egypt, and to find Him a place in the hearts of the illiterate. That is why the prophecy was said: From Egypt, I called my son.
The Holy Family route in Egypt
In the year 1 BC, Gabriel, the angel of the Lord, appeared to a fiancée, betrothed, whose name was Mary, to preach to her the birth of a son named Jesus.
Of course, the angel realized that her fiancé, Youssef El-Naggar, would be suspicious of this issue, so he also appeared and assured him.
It was clear that the sky was busy with this birth. With these two, a vision appeared for three kings from Persia and foretold them of the news; an angel appeared to one of the rabbis of the Jews and preached the birth of his son named John the Baptist, and he foretold that this would be a sign of the birth of Jesus.
The Footsteps of Jesus in Egypt
The Torah was full of ancient prophecies talking about the details of this birth, its location, what the kings will give this child, and his journey to the land of Egypt, as well as the madness of the king who will lead to this journey.
The family did not settle in one place, so there are many monasteries and churches, and this is documented through religious sources and rare manuscripts in Coptic monasteries and churches in Egypt, adding: “The trip ranged from a week or a few days in some cities, and in others, it settled a month and the longest period in Qasqam Mountain Who is in the city of Assiut now and spanned 185 days.
After God commanded the Virgin to escape her newborn from the oppression of Herod heading to Egypt, there were 3 known commercial and war routes that a traveler could take at that time,
avoiding the known methods and choosing unknown paths, and the journey that split into three stages began
They crossed the Nile to the west at Desouk and headed south to Beheira Governorate until they reached Tarana near Khattabah, then Wadi El Natrun in the wilderness of Shihit, where 500 monasteries were built there,
including four of them Saint Abu Makar, Anba Bishoy, Alsaryan, and Braamos, then they crossed the Nile south until they reached the charitable barrages.
Then the march included a direction to Al-Matariyah and Ain Shams, which was inhabited by 2000 Jews the family rested under a sycamore tree and there witnessed a miracle that Christ took the stick on which Joseph the carpenter leaned and broke it into pieces and then planted and put his hand on the ground so the water spring and the balsam extracted from which balsam oil is extracted It has a smart smell, and the remains of the well and the tree are still there inside an open museum called the Mary Tree Museum,
and there are the remains of the tree and have names for the soldiers of the French expedition who registered it after recovering from purulent ophthalmia, after washing their face from the water of the well, and also there is the provider in which Christ was washed
Then the family headed to the Zewaila Gate and The Hanging Church with water well, then they went to the ancient Roman fortress of Babylon where the archaeological Church of Abu Serga known as the two martyrs Sergius and Wajis, then installed the Nile complex for Maadi where the Church of the Virgin is now.
The journey lasted two years, six months, and ten days, and the family returned from Qusiya to Maadi, then to the Babylon Fortress, where a cave was located at the bottom of the Abu Sergius Church, then north to Musturod, then to Belbis, then Qantara, then to Palestine, via Gaza, and finally settled in Nazareth. Churches, and considered tourist attractions.