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Day 12 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Kiahk, 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 Seventeenth Day of the Blessed Month of Kiahk
Commemoration of the Departure of St.Luke
the Stylite and the Relocation of His Sacred Relics
On this day we commemorate the departure
of St. Luke, the Stylite, and the relocation of his holy relics. He was
born in Persia, to Christian parents. He became a soldier and was promoted
until he became a centurion (an officer over a hundred soldiers). Later
in his life, he wanted to live a solitary life. He left the world and all
its vainglory and became a monk in one of the monasteries of the east.
When his virtues were known, he was ordained a priest for that monastery.
From this time on, he devoted himself to the ascetic life in continual
prayers and fasting. He used to fast six days at a time and then break
his fast on the seventh day after Mass, by eating a "Korbana" and some
green pulses (beans). Then he lived on the top of a high rock for 3 years.
One day, he heard the voice of an angel calling him by his name to go down.
When he went down, the angel showed him a cross of light. He followed the
voice and the cross went before him until he came to some mountains. There
he stayed for some time, teaching his visitors the way of salvation.
He was inspired by God to go near Constantinople.
He went and dwelt in a village nearby, on the top of a rock, in the shape
of a pillar, for 45 years fighting the spiritual fight. God granted him
the gift of prophecy and the gift of performing miracles. He healed everyone
who went to him. When he completed his holy course, he departed on the
15th day of Kiahk. His disciple went and told the Patriarch about his departure.
The Patriarch went with the priests, crosses and censors and came to where
the body of the saint was. They carried him to Constantinople on the third
day of his departure, with hymns and prayers, and they placed him in the
sanctuary and that was on the 17th day of Kiahk. After they prayed on him
the third day prayer and the believers present received the blessing of
his pure body, they put him in a marble sarcophagus next to the bodies
of the saints. God revealed many signs and miracles from his body.
May his prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be to God
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