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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 Twenty-Seventh Day of the Blessed Month of Bashans
Departure of Pope Youannis the Second,
the 30th Patriarch of the See of St.Mark
On this day of the year 232 A.M.
(May 22nd., 516 A.D.), the saint Pope Youannis the second, the 30th. Patriarch
of Alexandria, departed. He was a monk since his youth, and lived a solitary
life. His reputation, because of his godly life spread everywhere, and
was chosen a patriarch of the great city of Alexandria on the third of
Baounah, 221 A.M. (May 29th., 505 A.D.). He wrote the biographies of the
saints and sermons. The church lived in peace and tranquility at the time
of the Orthodox Emperor Anastasius. St. Sawirus was the patriarch of Antioch,
and he wrote a message to Pope Youannis on the one nature of Christ saying:
"Jesus Christ after the union with flesh has become of one nature with
one Will without separation, and I believe in the same faith of Pope Cyril
and Pope Dioscorus." When Pope Youannis received this message, he was pleased,
and he replied with a message filled with faith that testified to the union
of the essence of God, and the trinity of His characters, and by the incarnation
of the eternal Son of God, the Divine and the human nature have become
one and no longer two natures, without separation, mingling, or confusion.
He anathematized those who separate the two natures, those who confuse
them and those who said that the suffering crucified Christ was only a
man, and those who say that His Divine nature also suffered and died. He
said that the Orthodox faith was to profess that God the word suffered
by the flesh that united with. When Abba Sawiris read his message, he received
it with joy, and made it public in all Antioch. This Pope continued to
take care about his people for 10 years, 10 months, and 23 days, and he
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Departure of Lazarus the beloved of the
On this day also, St. Lazarus,
the brother of mary and Martha, and the beloved of the Lord, departed after
he had become the bishop of Cyprus. After he had been raised from the dead
by Our Lord, he followed the disciples. After the pentecost, they ordained
him a bishop over Cyprus. He lived for forty years, and departed in peace.
May his prayers be with us, and glory be to God forever. Amen.
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