July 31, 2014
Epep 24, 1730
For the dead, the remembrance performed by the saints (i.e. believers) during their lifetime is beneficial.
ST. EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN
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 Samanoud.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
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عوننا باسم الرب الصانع السموات والأرض مزمور 124: 8
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124: 8
لا تكن قلقاً ولا تيأس، لئلا يصير رجاؤك باطلاً
القديس يوحنا ذهبي الفم
Never be worried nor in despair
lest your hope becomes in vain.
St. John Chrysostom
A life of TRUE submission means living in complete obedience to the Holy Spirit. A person of TRUE submission accepts gladly whatever happens in their life and with thanksgiving, knowing that it was for their well being, whether in appearance or thought it is perceived as good or bad.
Anba Bishoy’s mother modeled submission during his childhood. An Angel of the Lord appeared to his humble mother and told her, “The Lord wants one of your sons to serve him forever,” and the angel pointed to young Bishoy. The mother asked the angel, “Can you please choose another, this son is the weakest of them all.” “He is weak,” the angel replied, “but the strength of the Lord will always be with him.” She then was submissive to the Angel of the Lord.
من أقوال الأباء
Because in His divinity, He is everywhere, He does not ascend nor descend. Therefore, in the Liturgy of St. Gregory we say “And You ascended into the heavens in the body…” This ascension is evidence that His Glorified Body is not subject to the earth’s gravitational laws. It is also evidence of His Divinity. He ascended before His disciples as they were looking. This scene strengthened their faith because the Lord not only resurrected using His Divine power, but He also ascended into heaven in Fathernt of them.
In His ascension to Heaven, He did not leave His church alone on Earth.