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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-Fifth Day of the Blessed Month of Kiahk
Departure of St.John Kama
On this day, the great Saint John Kama departed.
He was from "Shubramento" of the region of "Sa". His parents were God-fearing
Christians and he was their only child. They forced him to marry against
his will. When he entered his wife's room, he stood, prayed for a long
time, then came near the young girl and said to her, "My sister, you know
that the world and all of its lusts will go away. Do you agree with me
to keep our bodies pure and clean?" She answered and said, "My brother,
the Lord's Name lives. This also is my desire and now the Lord has given
me what my heart desires." They mutually agreed to live together as brother
and sister and to keep their virginity. When they slept, the angel of the
Lord came and covered them with his wings. For their many virtues, God
planted a vine for them which grew up and covered their place of sleep.
That was a sign of their purity and holiness; for what they did was above
human nature, that two young people, a man and a woman, would sleep next
to each other without being driven by the lust of the flesh; for who can
come near a fire and not be burnt, unless it is God's divine power and
care that keeps them and preserves them.
When their parents saw that they lived together
for a long time without having any children, they thought that this was
due to the fact that they were young. One day John said to his wife, "My
sister, I desire to go into the wilderness to become a monk and I cannot
do that without your permission." She gave him her permission and he placed
her in one of the virgins' convents. There she became a virtuous nun and
she performed many miracles, so they chose her to become the abbess of
the convent. As for St. John, when he left his town, the angel of the Lord
appeared to him and guided him to the wilderness of Scetis "Shiheet". He
went there and became a monk in the cell of Saint "Darudi" in the monastery
of St. Macarius. He stayed with this saint learning piety from him until
the saint departed. Then the angel of the Lord told him to go west of the
monastery of St. John the Short and to build a cell for himself there.
He went and did as the angel commanded him. Three hundred brethren gathered
around him and became his disciples. They built a church and a house with
a garden for themselves and Saint John Kama taught them how to pray and
the use of the "Epsalmodia". One night, St. Athanasius the Apostolic appeared
to them while they were singing the song of the three young men. St. Athanasius
revealed many mysteries to him. Another time, St. Mary appeared to him
and told him, "This is my dwelling forever, and I shall be with them as
I have been with you and this monastery will be named after me." The church
of the monastery was named after the Virgin St. Mary. Some of the monks
of upper Egypt desired to be under the guidance of St. John Kama and they
asked him to come to see them. He called a brother named Shenouda, and
gave him the responsibility of caring for the brethren until his return.
When he returned, he found that he performed the task perfectly. When St.
John Kama completed his course, he departed in peace.
May His prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.
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