Thursday, 31st July 2014 --- 24 Abib 1730
Day 24 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Abib, 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-Fourth Day of the Blessed Month of Abib
Martyrdom of St.Apanoub
On this day, St. Apanoub (Abba Nob)
was martyred. He was born in the city of Nehisa (District of Talkha). His
parents were pure and merciful and they reared him in the fear of God.
When Diocletian incited the persecution against the Christian, St. Apanoub
was twelve years old, and he desired to shed his blood for the Name of
Christ. One day he went to the church, and he heard the priest teaching
the believers, strengthening them in the Faith, warning them from worshipping
the idols, and encouraging them to deliver themselves over to death for
the sake of the Lord Christ. He returned to his house, and set before him
all what his father had left him of gold, silver, and apparels and told
himself it is written, "The world is passing away, and the lust of it."
(I John 2:17) Straightway he rose up, and gave all his money to the poor
and needy, then went to Samanoud, walking along the river bank. He confessed
the Name of the Lord Christ before Lucianus the governor, who tortured
him severely. Then he hung him up upon the mast of his ship head downwards.
The governor sat down to eat and to drink, and the vessel which was in
his hand became a stone. The angel of the Lord came down from heaven, released
the saint, and wiped up the blood that was running down from his nose and
mouth. The governor and his soldiers were greatly disturbed. Strong winds
blew, that made the ship to sail fast to Athribis. When they arrived, the
soldiers unfastened their belts, and cast them before the governor, then
confessed the Lord Christ and they received the crown of martyrdom. The
governor of Athribis tortured St. Apanoub (Abba Nob) severely, then sent
him to the city of Alexandria. There, he was tortured until he delivered
up his pure soul and received the crown of martyrdom. St. Julius El-Akfahsi
was present, he wrote the biography of St. Apanoub, took his body and sent
it with some of his men to his hometown Nehisa. Many churches were built
in his name. Many signs and miracles were manifested from his body which
is now located in his church in the city of Samnanoud.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Departure of St.Simeon the First, the
42nd Pope of Alexandria
On this day also, of the
year 416 A.M. St. Simeon the First, 42nd Pope of Alexandria, departed.
This Pope was Syrian in nationality, and his parents brought him to El-Zugag
monastery, west of the city of Alexandria, wherein is the body of St. Severus,
the Antiochian. He became a monk there, and he learned to read and to write,
and he learned by heart the books of the Church. Pope Agathon ordained
him a priest. When his virtues and knowledge became well known, they elected
him for the patriarchate. He was ordained a patriarch in 23rd of Kiahk,
of the year 409 A.M. (December 19, year 692 A.D.). He called his spiritual
guide and delegated to him the management of the affairs of the patriarchate.
He devoted himself to fasting, praying, and reading the Scriptures. He
ate only bread, salt and cumin, and uncooked legumes, until he made the
spirit of lust subjected to his rational and understanding soul. God wrought
great signs and miracles by his hands, among which were the following:
Some of the priests of the city of Alexandria, were resentful of him, and
they plotted to kill him. They went to a magician who prepared a deadly
poison for them and he gave it to them in a bottle. In turn they gave it
to the Pope as if it was a medicine to use and bless them. Pope Simeon
drank that drink after he had received the Holy Mysteries and no harm came
to him. As they failed in their scheme, they worked up another deadly poison
in some of the figs. Then they deceived the appointed one to prepare the
Korban from making it that night, so the Pope would not be able to celebrate
the Divine Liturgy and receive the Holy Mysteries. They went to the Pope
in the morning and gave him the figs as a present. They pressed him until
he ate some of the figs, which made him ill, and he was bed-redden for
When the Khalifah Abdel-Aziz
came to Alexandria, the Pope could not go out to welcome him. The Khalifa
asked about the Patriarch, the Christian scribes told him what had happened.
He ordered to burn the priests and the magician. The Pope besought the
Khalifa with tears to have mercy on them. The Khalifa marvelled at his
gentleness and compassion, then he pardoned the priests and burned the
magician. Since that time he increased in reverence and respect in the
sight of the Khalifa, who allowed him to build churches and monasteries.
He built two monasteries at Helwan, south of Cairo. This Pope appointed
a priest whose name was Mina, to administer all the properties of the church,
to take care of its funds, endowments, sacred vessels and books. Nevertheless,
Mina mishandled his duties, to the point that he had denied what he had
from the church's funds. Fr. Mina fell ill and was not able to talk. When
Pope Simeon heard that, he was sorry and asked the Lord to heal him, lest
the properties of the church's be lost. The Pope sent one of his disciples
to the wife of that priest to ask her about the properties of the church.
When he drew near to the house, he heard the crying and weeping, and he
was informed that the priest had died. He went in and bowed his head to
kiss him in salutation to his priesthood. Straightway, the dead man rose,
sat up and talked, thanking the Lord Christ, and confessing that the prayers
of St. Simeon on his behalf had raised him up from the dead. The priest
came hastily to the Pope repenting and weeping, and returned all that he
had from the church's funds. During the papacy of St. Simeon there were
some who took concubines besides their wives, and he excommunicated them
until they returned from their transgression. He remained on the Patriarchal
Chair for seven years and seven months, then departed in peace.
May his prayers be with us and Glory be to God forever. Amen.
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