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Day 7 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Bashans, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins after forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers.
The Fourteenth Day of the Blessed Month of Bashans
Departure of St.Pachomius (Pakhom), the
Father of the Spiritual Communal Monastic Life (Cenobitic Life)
On this day, of the year 64 A.M. (348 A.D.),
Abba Pachomius, the father of the spiritual communal life (Cenobitic life),
departed. He was born in Thebes (Luxor) from pagan parents, who forced
him to worship idols. He rejected and mocked this worship, then became
a monk with St.Balamon (Palaemon). He lived in submission to him for many
years, and he mastered well the ways of the monastic life. Then the angel
of the Lord appeared to him and commanded him to establish a communal and
holy monastic life. Many monks gathered together to him, and he built for
them many monasteries and established for them a system of manual labor,
the times of prayers, and eating. He was the father of them all, with an
Abbot in every monastery. He visited all the monasteries, from Aswan to
Edfu to Donasa to the end of Upper Egypt to the north. He did not permit
any one of his sons to become a priest for the sake of the vainglory of
this world, and not to overlook the purpose of their monastic life of worship
by being away from the world. He invited a priest from outside for each
monastery to officiate the Divine Liturgy. When Pope Athanasius wanted
to ordain him a priest, he fled from him. St. Athanasius asked his disciples
to tell him that he who built his house on the rock that can not be shaken,
and fled from the vainglory of the world, is blessed, and his disciples
are also blessed. He desired once to see Hades, and he saw in a night vision
the habitation of the sinners and places of torment. He remained the father
of the Cenobites for forty years. When the time of his departure drew near,
he called the monks, strengthened their faith, and appointed someone to
take over his place after him, then departed in peace.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Martyrdom of St.Epimachus (Ephimachus)
On this day also, St. Epimachus was martyred. He
was born in Pelusium (Farma). He was a weaver along with his two companions:
Theodore and Callinicos. When he heard that "Youlamis" the governor of
Egypt, had come to torture the Christians, he preached his friends explaining
the vainglory of this world, then he bade them farewell and went to El-Bakroug,
which was near Demera. He came to the Governor who was torturing a woman,
and then threw her in a furnace. The fiery furnace became like cool dew
to her. The Governor then took her out of the furnace and cut off her head.
When Epimachus saw that, he came before the Governor, and confessed the
Lord Christ, to Him is the glory. The Governor tortured him severely. He
was twenty-seven years old. Then he ordered him to be squeezed on the wheel,
and a drop of his blood splashed on the eyes of a blind maiden, and right
away she was able to see. Her family believed in the Lord Christ. They
were all martyred and received the crown of martyrdom. The Governor became
angry and ordered him to be crucified, and then his head to be cut off.
The executioner drew his sword but his strength failed and was unable to
raise his sword. The same thing happened when another executioner tried
and so with fourteen other executioners. When they failed to cut off his
head, they tied a rope around his neck and dragged him until he delivered
his soul into the hand of the Lord and received the crown of martyrdom.
One of the soldiers, who was deaf and dumb, carried the body to cast it
away. When he touched the body, instantly he heard and spoke. Some of the
believers from the city of Edku came and took the body and many signs and
wonders took place from it. When the people from Demera came to console
his family and saw the signs and wonders which were revealed through him,
they believed and were baptized. They numbered one thousand, seven-hundred
and fifty, men, women, and children. His kinsfolk carried him to El-Barmoun
with great honor. The Governor of El-Barmoun shrouded him with expensive
shrouds from his own money and they built a church after his name.
May his prayers be with us and glory be to God forever. Amen.
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