Friday, 31st October 2014 --- 21 Babah 1731
The Twenty-First Day of the Blessed Month of Babah
Commemoration of the Mother of God
day we celebrate the commemoration of our holy lady, the Mother of Light,
the Virgin St. Mary. Salutation to you 0 Mary, the Mother of God, the eternal
Word, because through you was the salvation of the human race.
May her intercession be for us all. Amen.
Commemoration of the Relocation of the
Body of Lazarus
this day also we celebrate the commemoration of the relocation of the body
of Lazarus, whom our Lord raised from the dead. It was relocated by one
of the Christian Emperors to Constantinople. When he heard that the body
was on the island of Cyprus, he sent some of the trusted bishops to the
island where they found the holy body laid in a sarcophagus buried under
ground. The inscription on the coffin read, "This is the body of Lazarus,
the friend of the Lord Christ, whom He raised from the dead, after he had
been buried for four days." They rejoiced at it and carried it to the city
of Constantinople. The priests went out and received the body with great
honor and veneration, and with prayers and incense. They laid it in a sanctuary
until they built a church for it and then relocated the body to the church
where they celebrated a holy day for him.
May his intercession be for us. Amen.
Departure of Joel the Prophet
this day also, the great Prophet Joel, the
son of Pe-thu-el, from the tribe of Reuben, departed. He prophesied in
the days of Abya the son of Jeroboam the son of Solomon the King. He taught
the people and admonished them and prophesied concerning the dwelling of
God in Zion, His passion, and the coming of the Holy Spirit, the comforter
upon the holy Apostles on the day of Pentecost. He prophesied that their
sons and daughters will prophesy and their young men will see visions and
their old men will dream dreams. This prophet prophesied also concerning
the going forth of the law of the Gospel from Zion when he said, "A fountain
shall flow from the house of the Lord and water the valley of Shittim."
(Joel 3:18) And he revealed that wars will break out on the earth after
the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. He spoke also concerning the day of
Resurrection more than a thousand years before the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ. He said, "The sun and the moon will grow dark and the stars will
diminish their brightness." (Joel 3:15) He pleased God and departed in eace.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Departure of St.Freig
this day also in the year 1405 A.D. (1121 of martyrs) St. Freig, who is
known as Abba Roweiss, departed. This saint was from a village called Miniet-Yamin
(about 130 kilometers north of Cairo). His father's name was Isaac and
his mother's name was Sarah. When he was born, they called him Freig. He
worked with his father in farming and he had a small camel on which he
carried salt and sold it. He called the camel "Roweiss" (i.e. small head).
The camel used to put his head against his cheek as if he was kissing him.
Because of his humility, he called himself after his camel. Persecutions
befell the Christians, so he came to Cairo and not having a house or shelter,
he went from one place to another. He spent most of his nights in prayers
and wailing. He did not own a coat or any clothes or a cover for his head.
He was naked except for that with which he covered his loins, and his head
was uncovered. He looked like the hermits of the desert; his eyes were
red because of much weeping and he never cut the hair of his head. He was
a man of few words -once an evil man smote him severely but he did not
open his mouth. St. Marcus El-Antoni was present at that time and he rebuked
the evil man. During the later part of his life, he used to say, "O Virgin,
take me because my burden is heavy." He meant the burden of carrying the
sin of the people for which he often rebuked them though they did not listen
to him. He lived in the days of the holy father Pope Mattheos, 87th Patriarch,
and St. Marcus El-Antoni, in the days of the Sultan El-Zaher Barkuk. He
shut himself up in a small storeroom at the place of his disciple Michael
the builder, in Meniet Syreg. He stayed in that place for 9 years until
his departure on the twenty-first of Babah of the year 1121 of the martyrs.
He was buried in the church of the Virgin, in Deir El-Khandaq. He performed
many wonders such as healing the sick, prophesying and saving many from
May his prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be
to God, forever. Amen.
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