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The Season of the Church
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.
Articles of Interest
Verse of the Day
طوبى لكل من يتقي الرب ويسلك في طرقه مزمور 128: 1
Blessed is every one who fears
the Lord, who walks in His ways
Psalm 128: 1
لا كيان لي، يا الهي، إلا فيك! أو بالأحري لا وجود لي
لو لم أكن فيك، يا من بك وفيك ومـــــنك كل موجود!ـ
I would not exist–I would simply not be at
all–unless I exist in You, from whom and
by whom and in whom all things are
St. John the Evangelist and Theologian – Our Patron’ Saint
St. John Chrysostom (of the Golden Mouth) said that St. John the Evangelist was originally a disciple of St. John the Baptist. He was the brother of St. James the Elder, who was killed by Herod by the sword. The Lord called him with his brother “Boanerges” (Mark 3:17), that is “sons of thunder,” for their strong zeal and great faith.
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Prayers’ Request for Egypt
o Pray for stability to rebuild during this period
o Pray for wisdom for Egypt’s future leaders
o Pray for justice and provision for the poor and destitute, the ones who always suffer the most
o Pray for a spirit of peace to build common ground
o Pray for the protection of our Churches, Pope, Bishops, Priests, all Christians, and the safety of our monasteries