Not to be read in the Church during this time of the year.
Day 3 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Bashans.
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 Third Day of the Blessed Month of Bashans
Departure of St.Jason, one of the Seventy
On this day St. Jason, one of the seventy
disciples who were chosen by the Lord, departed. He ministered with the
disciples before the passion of the Savior, and performed many signs and
wonders. Then he was supported by the grace and power on the day of Pentecost.
He was born in Tarsus, and was the first to believe from this city. He
accompanied St. Paul on his evangelical missions, and journeyed with him
to many countries. He was arrested with St. Paul and Silas in Thesalonica,
and when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them
go. (Acts 17:9) He was ordained bishop by St. Paul over Tarsus where he
shepherded the church of Christ with the best of care. He preached the
Gospel also in the city of Korkiras, many believed on his hands and he
baptized them. He built for them a church in the name of St. Stephen the
Archdeacon. When the Governor of the city knew about this, he arrested
him and imprisoned him. He met seven thieves in the prison, taught them
the faith and baptized them. They confessed their faith in the Lord Christ
openly before the Governor who put them in a caldron filled with tar and
sulphur, they departed and were granted the crown of martyrdom.
Then, the Governor brought St. Jason from the prison,
and tortured him with much torture but he was not harmed. The daughter
of the Governor watched this torture from her window and she believed in
the Lord Christ, the God of St. Jason. She took off her jewelry and ornaments
and distributed them among the poor, and confessed that she was Christian
and believed in the God of Jason. Her father became angry, he threw her
in prison, and ordered to throw arrows at her. She gave up her pure spirit
in the hand of Christ whom she loved. The Governor sent St. Jason to one
of the islands to be tortured there. He took a boat with some soldiers
to this island, and God drowned them all and saved St. Jason, who continued
to teach and preach for many years until another Governor was installed.
The new Governor brought him and the Christians who were with him, and
tortured them much. When the Governor saw that his torture did not harm
their bodies, he and all those in his city also believed in the Lord Christ
Who only Has the power to protect His chosen one. The Saint baptized them
all, taught them the commandments of the Gospel, and built for them churches.
God performed through him many miracles and signs. He departed in a good
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Departure of St.Otimus, the Priest
On this day also, St. Otimus the priest was martyred.
He was born in Fowwa, and because of his righteousness, he was ordained
a priest for his city. He taught and confirmed the faithful in the faith.
Afterwards, he moved to mount Ansena. When Emperor Diocletian incited the
persecution against the Christians, the account of this Saint reached Arianus
the governor of Ansena. He brought him and offered him to worship the idols,
and the Saint did not hearken to his orders. He tortured him much, but
the Lord strengthened him. When the Governor became weary of his torturing,
he ordered him to be burned. He was burned and received the crown of martyrdom.
His body was taken by a God fearing priest, who shrouded the body and hid
it in a place until the end of the time of persecution. They built him
a church where God revealed many miracles. It is believed that his body
still exists in the city of Kalabsha near El-Santa.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Departure of Pope Gabriel IV, the 86th
Patriarch of Alexandria
On this day also of
the year 1094 A.M. (April 1378 A.D.), Pope Gabriel the fourth, the 86th
Patriarch, departed. He was the abbot of the monastery of El-Moharrak.
He sat on the apostolic throne on the 11th of Tubah, 1086 A.M. (January
6th, 1370 A.D.). He was a great scholar and righteous ascetic. During his
time, in the year 1370 A.D., a great light appeared during the night which
looked like a day light and lingered until dawn. In 1371 A.D., there was
a great flood in the river Nile valley which threatened to drown all the
land. He was contemporary of El-Sultan Shabaan and El-Sultan Ali Ebn-Shabaan
El Mansour. He sat on the throne for 8 years, three months, and twenty
two days. He was buried beside Simeon the shoe maker.
May his prayers be with us and glory be to God forever. Amen.
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