(The Seventh Day of the Blessed Month of Babah)
The Departure of St. Paul of Tamouh
On this day, Abba Paul (Paula) who was from Tamouh (El-Tamouhi)
(Thmoui), departed. Since he was inclined since his young age to solitary life,
he went to Ansena Mountain. There he lived with his disciple Ezekiel, who was
the witness of his virtues. For his exceeding love to the Lord Christ, to Whom is
the glory, he exhausted his body with asceticism, forsaking earthly things, with
fasting and many prayers in a way that exceeds human endurance. For this, he
deserved that the Lord Christ appear to him and bless him for his conduct in
this life, for such is the behavior of those who are perfect and who fight
against the flesh, the world and the devil till they overcome them. St. Paul
said to the Lord, "All that is due to Your care, O You creator and redeemer of
the human race, by Your death on our behalf, we the undeserving sinners." The
Lord Christ comforted and strengthened him.
When our father St. Bishoy went to Mount Ansena, he
was joined by the saint Abba Paula. The Lord Christ told Abba Paul (Paula),
"Your body will be buried with that of My chosen Bishoy." When Abba Paula
departed, his body was placed with the body of St. Bishoy. When they wanted to
move the body of St. Bishoy to the wilderness of St. Macarius in Scete, they
carried it onto a boat and left St. Paul's body behind; however, the boat would
not move, until they brought the body of St. Paul and placed it beside St.
Bishoy's body. Then they brought them to the
wilderness of Sheheat (Scete).
Their prayers be with us and Glory be to our God, forever.
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