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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 Eighth Day of the Blessed Month of Bashans
Martyrdom of St.John of Senhout
On this day St. John of Senhout,
departed. He was born in Senhout, his father's name was Macarius and his
mother's name was Anna. It came to pass that when he was tending the sheep
flock of his father, the angel of the Lord appeared to him, showed him
a crown of light and said to him: "Why are you sitting here while many
others are persecuted, now rise up and go to the city of Atrib (Banha),
struggle for the Name of the Lord Christ"; then the angel gave him the
salutation of peace and departed from him. He bade farewell to his parents,
went to the Governor, and confessed the Lord Christ before him. The Governor
delivered him to one of the soldiers to entreat him kindly that perhaps
he would change his mind and be obedient to him. However the Saint performed
several miracles before the soldier that made him also believe in the Lord
Christ and received the crown of martyrdom by the hands of the Governor.
The Governor became angry and tortured the Saint with every kind of torture,
but the Lord strengthened him and made him to endure it. Then the Saint
was sent to Ansena (Antinoe), where he was again tortured. At the end they
cut off his head by the sword. Julius El Akfahasy took his body, shrouded,
and sent it to his town Senhout. The people received him with hymns and
praise, and placed him in the church. The body of the Saint now is located
in Shoubra El-Khema in Egypt.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Departure of St.Daniel the Archpriest
of Sheahat (Scetis)
On this day also the holy father
Anba Daniel the Archpriest of Sheahat (Scetis), departed. He was perfect
and pure father. When his fame was noised abroad, many came to him among
whom was St. Anastasia disguised in a man's apparel. She became a nun,
and lived in a cell near him for 28 years and no one knew who he (She)
was. One day, the Saint saw a person whose name was Olagi (Eulogius), who
worked as a stone cutter for a Karat of gold each day. With a very small
portion of this he lived and with the remainder he fed the poor without
saving any thing. When Abba Daniel saw his good fight and the excellence
of his deeds, he asked God to give Olagi more money to increase his deeds
of mercy. God answered his prayer, and Olagi found a treasure when he was
cutting the stones, which he took and went to Constantinople. With the
newly found money he became a minister to the Emperor, and forsake the
deeds of mercy. When St. Daniel heard about this, he went to Constantinople,
and found what had become of Olagi, and that he had abandoned his deeds
of mercy. Then the Saint saw in a vision as if the Lord Christ is sitting
judging among the people and that he commanded to crucify St. Daniel and
demanded from him the lost soul of Olagi. When the Saint rose up from his
sleep, he went back to his monastery, and entreated God to bring Olagi
back to his former state. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and rebuked
him for rejecting God's judgement of His creation. Afterwards, the Emperor
of Constantinople died and another reigned who dismissed Olagi and took
his money and wanted to kill him. He escaped in order to save his life
and returned to his town to cut the stones as before. Anba Daniel met Olagi
and told him all what had happened to him because of him. Many hardships
befell St. Daniel because of the faith, and God manifested many miracles
through him. He knew in advance the time of his departure from this world,
he gathered all the monks around him, commanded, strengthened, and comforted
them and then departed in peace.
May his prayers be with us and glory be to God forever. Amen.
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