Saturday, 2nd August 2014 --- 26 Abib 1730
Day 26 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Abib, 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 Twenty-Sixth Day of the Blessed Month of Abib
Departure of the Upright St.Joseph, the
On this day, the righteous man
St. Joseph, the carpenter, who was worthy to be called the father of Christ
in the flesh, departed at a good old age. The Holy Gospel bore witness
that he was a righteous man, and God chose him to be betrothed to the all-pure,
our lady, the Virgin St. Mary. When he finished his course, his strife,
his toil in the journey together with the Lord and the Virgin Lady from
Bethlehem to the land of Egypt, and the tribulations that befell him from
the Jews, he departed in peace. When the time came for him to depart from
this world, to the world of the living, the Lord Christ was present at
his departure, and laid His hand upon his eyes. He extended his arms, and
delivered up his soul, and was buried in the tomb of his father Jacob.
All the days of his life were one hundred and eleven years; forty years
before his marriage, fifty-two years married, and nineteen years a widow.
His departure was in the sixteenth year of the advent of the Lord Christ.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Departure of St.Timothy, the 22nd Pope
On this day also, of the
year 101 A.M. (July 20th, 385 A.D.), St. Timothy, 22nd Pope of Alexandria,
departed. This saint was enthroned in the seventeenth of Baramhat, 95 A.M.
(March 14th, 379 A.D.). He shepherded the flock of Christ with the best
of care, and guarded them from the Arian wolves. In the sixth year of his
papacy, Emperor Theodosius the Great reigned, who ordered the assembly
of the Ecumenical Council at Constantinople to judge Macedonius the enemy
of the Holy Spirit. This Pope presided over this council, and he disputed
with Macedonius, Sabilius, and Apolinarius and refuted their erroneous
council as it is mentioned in the first day of Amshir. This saint took
great care concerning the buildings of the churches in Alexandria and elsewhere.
He was knowledgeable and eloquent, and he left many sayings refuting the
heresy of the Arians. He remained on the Chair for six years, four months
and six days, then departed in peace.
May his prayers be with us and Glory be to God forever. Amen.
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