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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 Twenty-First Day of the Blessed Month of Kiahk
Commemoration of the Virgin St.Mary,
the Mother of God
On this day the church celebrates the
commemoration of the pure lady, the Virgin, St. Mary, the mother of Light,
the mother of the Savior of the world.
May her intercession be for us all. Amen.
Martyrdom of St.Barnabas, One of the
On this day also, St. Barnabas,
one of the seventy apostles, was martyred. He was from the tribe of Levi.
His ancestors left Judea long before he was born and moved to the island
of Cyprus. His name was Joses. Our Lord, to Whom is the glory, gave him
the name "Barnabas", which means son of "encouragement" or "consolation",
when He called him to become an apostle. He received the gift of the Holy
Spirit in the upper room with the disciples. He preached the gospel with
them and witnessed to the Name of Christ. He had a field which he sold
and brought the price and placed it at the feet of the apostles. (Acts
4:36-37) The apostles honored him for his many virtues and for his honesty.
When St. Paul believed in the Lord Christ, St. Barnabas presented him to
the rest of the disciples in Jerusalem, three years after his conversion.
St. Barnabas told the apostles how the Lord appeared to St. Paul near Damascus
and attested to his zeal before them. The apostles accepted St. Paul in
their fellowship. The Holy Spirit said to the disciples, "Now separate
to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (Acts 13:2)
St. Paul and St. Barnabas travelled together to many countries preaching
the Name of the Lord Christ. When they entered Lystra and St. Paul healed
the man who was crippled from his mother's womb (Acts 14:8-18), the people
of Lystra thought that they were gods, and they brought oxen and garlands
to the gates intending to sacrifice them at the feet of the apostles. St.
Paul and St.Barnabas forbade them and rejected the glory of men. They tore
their clothes saying that they were men with the same nature as they. After
they travelled together to many cities, they were separated from each other.
St. Barnabas took with him St. Mark and went to Cyprus. They preached there
and converted many people to the faith of the Lord Christ and baptized
them. The Jews resented them. So they falsely accused them before the governor.
They seized St. Barnabas and brutally beat him, then they stoned him and
finally burnt his body with fire. Thus, his strife was completed and he
received the crown of martyrdom. After the people had left, St. Mark came
and carried the body, wrapped it, and placed it in a cave in Cyprus.
St. Mark then went to Alexandria to preach there.
May The prayers of these two apostles be with us and Glory be to
our God forever. Amen.
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