Thursday, 5th March 2015 --- 26 Amshir 1731
Day 26 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Amshir, 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 Tewnty-Sixth Day of the Blessed Month of Amshir
Departure of St.Hosea the Prophet
On this day, St. Hosea,
the prophet, one of the twelve minor prophets of Israel, departed. This
righteous man prophesied during the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah,
kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, the son of Joash, King of
Israel. (Hosea 1:1) He mentioned in his prophecy some remarkable and marvelous
things. He rebuked the children of Israel for their sins and their transgressions,
and warned them in advance about the evil things that would befall them
because of their offenses. He promised them the uplifting of these calamities
if they returned to the Lord their God. He also prophesied about the passions
of our Savior, His resurrection and the salvation of the human race. He
said, "He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind
us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise
us up, that we may live in his sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge
of the Lord... " (Hosea 6:1-3) He prophesied also about the abolishment
of the sting of death and the dominion of hell by saying, "I will ransom
them from the power of the grave, I will redeem them from death, O Death,
I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction." (Hosea 13:14)
"O Death, where is your sting? 0 Hades, where is your victory?" (I Corinthians
15:55) He departed at a blessed old age.
May His prayers be with us. Amen.
Martyrdom of St.Zadok and the One Hundred
and Twenty-Eight who were with him
On this day also, St. Zadok
and the 128 saints with him were martyred in Persia. Behram, King of Persia,
brought them before him and ordered them to worship the sun. St. Zadok
said to him, "I do not worship except God, the Creator of the sun and all
the universe." The King asked, "Does this Sun have a god?" The saint replied,
"Yes, and He is the Lord Christ, our God." The King ordered him beheaded.
The saint prayed and the executioner cut his head. A great light appeared
and all those who were present saw it and cried, saying, "We are all Christians."
The King ordered that their heads be cut off and they received the crown
May Their prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.
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