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The Twenty-Ninth Day of the Blessed Month of Misra
Martyrdom of Saints Athanasius, the Bishop,
Gerasimus (Jarasimus), and Theodotus
On this day, Sts. Athanasius, the Bishop, Gerasimus (Jarasimus),
and Theodotus, his two servants, were martyred. Certain men laid an accusation
against the bishop before Arianus, the governor, that he had baptized the
daughter of Antonios, the chancellor. Arianus brought St. Athanasius and
asked him to worship the idols. The bishop refused and declared his faith
in the Lord Christ. The governor tortured him with severely painful tortures,
and when he saw him getting firmer in his faith, he ordered to cut off
his neck and the necks of the two servants with him. Some believers took
their bodies, shrouded them, and laid them in coffins. God honored them
by manifesting many signs and wonders from their bodies.
May their prayers be with us. Amen.
Arrival of the Holy Relic of St.John,
the Short, to the Wilderness of Scetis
On this day also, in the year 515 A.D., the body
of the great saint Anba John, the Short, was relocated from Al-Qulzum (Red
Sea) to the wilderness of Scetis. When Pope John (Youhanna), 48th Pope
of Alexandria, was in the wilderness of Scetis, some of the monks expressed
their wish to relocate the relics of St. John, the Short, to his monastery.
The Grace of God moved the Pope, and he wrote a letter by the hand of the
Hegumen Kosman and Hegumen Boctor, from the elders, and sent them to Al-Qulzum.
They were not able to take the body because it was in the hands of the
followers of the Council of Chalcedon. So they returned empty handed. Shortly
after, a prince from the Arabs took charge of Al-Qulzum, and he was a friend
of Anba Michael, bishop of Epla'os. Once again the Patriarch wrote another
letter to the bishop expressing his wish to take the body of St. John and
to send it with the monks carrying his letter. The bishop rejoiced with
the letter, and informed the prince about the wish of the Patriarch. The
prince asked, "How could they reach the place?" His scribe answered him,
"Let the monks put Arab garments over their own apparel, and let them come
with us to the place." The monks came in, along with the Arabs, to the
place where the body was. The monks carried the body and walked all night
until they came to Misr, and then went to the wilderness. The monks of
the monastery of St. Macarius went out carrying crosses and censers and
met them with songs and hymns. They brought the body of St. John to where
the body of St.Macarius was. They poured many perfumes and fragrant oil
over him, then carried him to his monastery while they were chanting. The
monks of his monastery received him with joy and happiness. When Pope Mark
(Marcus), 49th Patriarch, was ordained, and went to the wilderness with
the bishops of Lower Egypt and some priests, he visited the monastery of
this saint. He uncovered the holy relic of the saint, and he was blessed
by it. He covered him with the sackcloth that was covering him, then wrapped
him in fine linens. The monks praised and thanked God, and sang many hymns
and songs for this holy father.
May his prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.
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