Tuesday, 1st December 2015 --- 21 Hatour 1732
The Twenty-First Day of the Blessed Month of Hatour
Commemoration of the Virgin St.Mary,
the Mother of God
On this day the church celebrates and
commemorates the pure Virgin St. Mary, the Mother of God, the Word Who
was incarnated from her, for the salvation of Adam and his offspring.
May her intercession be for us all. Amen.
Deparure of St.Gregory, the Wonder Worker
Also on this day, in the year
270 A.D., St. Gregory the wonder worker, departed. He was the bishop of
Neocaesarea, in the province of Pontos, where he was born to rich pagan
parents. He learned philosophy and wisdom at an early age and surpassed
many of his colleagues. Then he went to Beirut, where he studied the Greek
and Latin subjects. From there he went to Caesarea, Palestine, where the
erudite Origen was, who taught him Christian philosophy. He also learned
Theology and the interpretations of the holy books. In the year 235 A.D.,
he went to the city of Alexandria, the cultural center of the world at
that time, to complete his studies. He returned to his town in the year
237 A.D. In the year 239 A.D., he was baptized in the holy baptism and
became a Christian, for he realized the vanity of this world and chose
the way of the everlasting kingdom of heaven. He directed all his attention
to the salvation of his soul. When he knew that the Bishop of his town
was seeking him to assist him in the bishopric duties, he escaped to the
wilderness. He devoted himself to prayers and ardent worship, forsaking
the world and the futility of its glories. When the Bishop of his town
departed, they sought him in order to make him the new bishop but they
did not know where to find him. It happened while the people were gathered
with St.Gregory, the Theologian, that they heard a voice say, "Seek Gregory
the hermit and set him a Bishop over you." They sent a party to search
for him in the wilderness and in the mountains. When they did not find
him, they decided to take a Bible and pray the prayer of ordination over
it, as though he were present. They called him Gregory even though his
given name was Theodore. St. Gregory, the Theologian, presided over this
service. The angel of the Lord appeared to St. Gregory in the wilderness
and said to him, "Rise up and go to your town, for they have made you the
bishop over it and refuse not, for it is the Will of God." He did not hesitate,
rose up immediately and descended from the mountain and went to his town.
The people went forth to meet him with great honor, and they completed
his ordination in the year 244 A.D.
The Lord performed many signs
and wonders at his hands, so that he was called the wonder worker. For
example, two brothers who owned a lake from which they made a good living
by catching large amounts of fish had a falling out because of it, for
each one of them claimed his ownership of it. When they were unable to
reach an agreement, they sought the wisdom of St.Gregory to help them settle
their differences. He ordered that they should divide the yield of the
lake equally between themselves. When they did not heed his judgement,
he entreated God and the waters of the lake dried up and it became a farmland,
which they divided between them.
Reports of the signs and wonders which he made were heard throughout
the land. Finally, when he completed his strife, he departed in peace.
May His prayers be with us. Amen.
Departure of St.Cosma, the Fifty-Fourth
Pope of Alexandria
Also on this day, in the year
809 A.D., St. Cosma, 54th Pope of Alexandria, departed. He was born in
Samanoud and became a monk in the monastery of St. Macarius. When the papal
chair became vacant, the bishops and the people, with one accord, agreed
to choose this father. He was ordained Patriarch and he experienced great
tribulations. The believers also experienced tribulations and great afflictions;
however, some wonders appeared during his patriarchate. Among them, blood
flowed from the icon of St. Mary in the church of St. Severus, in the desert
of Scete (the Holy desert). Also, many of the icons in the churches in
Egypt became wet with tears. This unusual phenomenon was believed to be
a result of the afflictions and sorrows that befell the Patriarch and the
believers. In spite of all the afflictions that he experienced, the Patriarch
continued teaching the believers and strengthening them diligently and
with great zeal. He stayed on the Chair of St. Mark for seven years and
six months, then departed in peace.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Alphaeus,
Zacchaeus, Romanus and John
This day also marks the
commemoration of the martyrs Saints Alphaeus, Zacchaeus, Romanus and John.
May their prayers and blessings be with us all. Amen.
Commemoration of the Saints Thomas, Victor
and Isaac, of the city of Ashmunen
day also marks the commemoration of Saints Thomas, Victor and Isaac of
the city of Ashmunen.
May their prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be
to God, forever. Amen.
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