I gave a lecture on the life of Thanksgiving at the Conference of Sunday School Teachers in 1965, which was held at St. Mina’s Church, Mandara, Alexandria.
I gave another lecture at St Mark’s Cathedral, Anba Rewais, Cairo, on Friday 16th May 1980 and its topic was ‘Giving thanks always for all things’ (Eph 5:20) This lecture was not published.
Also, a third lecture - not published was given at St Mark’s Cathedral on the occasion of the New Year, on 31st December 1980 mainly on the Life of Thanksgiving, and a part on the Life of Submission and Hope.
GOD gave me time during my trip to Russia this month so I combined the three lectures, with many additions in one book on the ‘Life of Thanksgiving’ which is now in your hands. We have published the first lecture in 1965 in a book with contemplations on the prayer of Thanksgiving which was given at St Mark’s Cathedral in 1964. They have been reprinted several times by St Mary’s church Moharam Bey Alexandria. We hope - God’s willing - to publish the contemplations on the Prayer of Thanksgiving amongst a book on the joint prayers in the Agbia, e.g. Psalm 50 the Holy Trinity and have mercy on us, O Lord have mercy on us.
Pope Shenouda III
Moscow: June 1988.