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The Fifth Day of the Blessed Month of Amshir

Departure of St.Agrippinus, the Tenth Pope of Alexandria

      On this day of the year 181 A.D., the holy father Anba Agrippinus, 10th Pope of Alexandria, departed. This father was holy and pure and he feared God. He was ordained a priest on the church of Alexandria. When Pope Cladianus, 9th Pope departed, Anba Agrippinus was chosen Patriarch by the people and clergy of Alexandria. By the grace of God, he took over the apostolic throne of Alexandria and walked in the footsteps of the apostles. Anba Agrippinus preached the word of God and taught the principle of faith with its life-giving laws. He Guarded his flock, with all his strength, by teaching them and praying on their behalf. He did not own any silver or gold, except for what met his basic personal needs. He completed his course after 12 years on the throne of St. Mark, and he departed in peace.

May His prayers be with us. Amen.

Commemoration of the Saints Anba Bishay and Anba Abanoub

      On this day also, the church celebrates the commemoration of the saints Anba Bishay of Akhmim monastery, and Anba Abanub, known as the owner of the Golden Fan.

May Their prayers be with us all. Amen.

Departure of St.Apollo, the Companion of Anba Abib

      On this day also, the church commemorates the departure of St. Apollo, friend of St. Abib.

May His prayers be with us all. Amen.

Commemoration of the Relocation of the Relics of the Forty-Nine Elders of the Wilderness of Shiheet

      Today also, we celebrate the commemoration of the relocation of the relics of the forty-nine saints of the wilderness of Shiheet to their church in the monastery of St. Macarius.

May Their prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.


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