Wednesday, 1st October 2014 --- 21 Tute 1731
Day 21 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Tute, 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 Tute
Commemoration of St.Mary the Virgin
celebrate on this day the commemoration of the pure Lady St.Mary the Virgin,
the Mother of God, the Word through whom was the salvation of Adam and
May her intercession be for us all. Amen.
Martyrdom of St.Cyprianus and St.Justina
this day also in the year 257 A.D. the honorable St.Cyprianus and St.Justina
were martyred. Cyprianus was an infidel and and a magician. He learned
magic in the countries of the west until he excelled over his fellows.
His excessive impudence and his arrogance made him go to Antioch to challenge
the magicians there and to pride himself over them of his knowledge. When
he arrived there, this fame spread and a young man, the son of one of the
elders of the city, heard about him. This young man lusted for a Christian
virgin who was called Justina, whom he had seen going to church and his
heart became inflamed with her love. He was unable to obtain what he desired
of her either by money, or by threat, or by magic.
He sought Cyprianus
and complained to him about his condition, that he might gain favor with
Justina's heart and fulfill his desire from her. Cyprianus promised him
the fulfillment of his desire. He used all the works of his sorcery but
failed. Every time he sent her a host of satans, they found her praying,
so they came back defeated. When he failed, he called the satans and told
them, "If you do not bring Justina to me, I shall adopt Christianity."
The chief of the satans thought out a device to deceive him. He ordered
one of his soldiers to disguise himself and take the form of Justina and
go to him, and he hastened and made known to Cyprianus her coming, so he
rejoiced and waited for her. Then satan disguised as Justina came to him,
and Cyprianus rejoiced, and rose up to embrace her. Because of his great
joy in her, he told her, "Welcome, Queen of Women, Justina." Upon the mere
mention of her name, satan disguised as her melted away and disappeared
like smoke, and an unpleasant smell was given off by his body. Cyprianus
knew that this was a deceitful trick of satan who could not stand before
the mention of her name. Cyprianus rose up straight away and burnt his
books of magic and was baptized by the patriarch of Antioch who put on
him the monastic garb. After a while he ordained him a deacon, then a priest.
And when he had grown in virtues and in the doctrine of the church, they
ordained him bishop of Cartagena, in the year 351 A.D. And he took St.Justina
and made her the head of the convent there. When the Ecumenical Council
convened at Cartagena, this saint was one of those who were assembled there.
Decius heard of them he had them brought before him, and he demanded them
to raise incense for the idols. When they would not obey, he inflicted
upon them many tortures and finally cut off their heads with the sword.
May their prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be to God
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