Monday, 20th October 2014 --- 10 Babah 1731
Day 10 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Babah, 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 Tenth Day of the Blessed Month of Babah
Martyrdom of St.Sergius, the Companion
this day was the martyrdom of St.Sergius, the Companion of St.Bacchus.
He was a high ranking soldier, advanced in the court of Emperor Maximianus,
who showed him great favor. Because this Emperor was pagan and these two
saints were people of faith, he sent them to Antiochus, King of Syria,
to torture them and slay them if they did not give up their faith.
Antiochus inflicted St.Bacchus with severe tortures and when he did not
dissuade him from keeping to his Christianity, he ordered his men to slay
him. They slayed him and cast him into the Euphrates River and the water
waves brought him to the bank. The Lord sent an eagle to guard the pure
body and inspired two saints to take it. They took it with respect and
buried it. St.Sergius remained sorry for him until he saw in his sleep
his brother Bacchus in a beautiful palace, shining brightly; so his soul
was exceedingly comforted. After this, the governor commanded his men to
drive nails into St.Sergius' feet, and to send him to El-Rusafa tied to
the tails of the horses; his blood flowed down on the ground. On their
way, they met a damsel who was a virgin, and they drank water from her.
When she saw the condition the saint was in, she felt sad for him and she
pitied his youth and his fine form. The saint told her, "Come, follow me
to the city of El-Rusafa to take my body." And she followed him. The governor
of that city was a friend of St.Sergius, and it was through him that he
had this position. He tried to convince him to change his mind to save
his life. And when he did not accept his advice, he ordered that his head
be cut off. That virgin drew near and received the blood which flowed from
his holy neck and kept in a clip of wool. But the holy body was kept until
the end of the days of strife when they built a church for him at El-Rusafa.
Fifteen bishops consecrated it and laid his holy body in a coffin made
of marble. Those who went to be blessed witnessed that a perfumed oil distilled
from his body and healed the sick.
May his prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be to God
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