Tuesday, 10th January 2017 --- 2 Tubah 1733
Day 2 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Tubah, 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 Second Day of the Blessed Month of Tubah
Departure of St.Theonas, the Sixteenth
Pope of Alexandria
On this day in the year
300 A.D., St. Theonas, 16th Pope of Alexandria, departed. This saint was
a righteous, meek scholar, gentle and loving to everyone. By the spirit
of friendship and gentleness with everyone, he was able to build a church
in Alexandria, dedicated to the name of the Virgin St. Mary, the Theotokos.
Until his time, the faithful were praying and performing their services
in homes and in caves for fear of the unbelievers. Pope Theonas dealt with
them wisely and gently to achieve what he wanted to do. He converted many
of them to believe in the Lord Christ and baptized them. He baptized, in
the first year of his papacy, St. Peter, who succeeded him on the apostolic
throne of St. Mark and was the 17th Pope. It was said that he ordained
St. Peter as a reader at the age of five, then he promoted him to be a
deacon at the age of twelve, then as a priest at sixteen. At the time of
this saint, a man by the name of Sabellius appeared in Alexandria who was
teaching that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one person.
St. Theonas excommunicated him and he invalidated his heresy by convincing
proof. When he completed his course, he departed in peace, after he had
been on the throne of St. Mark for 19 years.
May His prayers be with us. Amen.
Martyrdom of St.Callinacus, Bishop of
Also on this day, St. Callinacus,
bishop of Oseem, was martyred. When Emperor Diocletian heard the report
that St. Callinacus was teaching the people to get away from the worship
of idols, he sent envoys to seize him and torture him. When the saint heard
about the envoys of the Emperor, he called the people of his diocese to
the City of Oseem. He celebrated the Divine Liturgy and after he administered
the Body and the Blood of Christ to them, he told them, "You will not see
my face again." The people wept bitterly, but they could not prevent him
from delivering himself to the Emperor's envoys. They took him and delivered
him to Arianus, Governor of Ansena (Antinoe). He tortured him, with different
kinds of tortures, but the Lord healed him and strengthened him. The Governor
took him to the city of "Edku", and there he tortured him again. When the
Governor became weary of torturing the Saint, ordered that the Saint's
arm be split down to his hand.
Subsequently, he took him in a ship to the city of "Tukh". When the
saint felt, while he was on the ship, that the time of his departure from
the world had drawn near, he commanded one of the sailors who was a believer,
"If I die, when we arrive ashore, cast out my body on a hill." When St.
Callinacus departed, the sailor did as he was commanded. Some believers,
through a command of God, came and took the body of the saint and shrouded
it for burial and hid it in their homes until the end of the era of persecution.
May his prayers be with us and Glory be to God forever. Amen.
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