5 El Nasiy
(The Fifth Day of the Blessed Month of El-Nasi)
The Departure of St.
James, Bishop of Misre
On this day, in the year
804 A.M. (August
1088 A.D.), and during the Papacy of Pope
67th Patriarch, the church celebrates the
commemoration of the pure father, St. James, Bishop of Misre (Cairo). This saint
longed for the monastic life from a young age, so he went to the wilderness of
St. Macarius, and lived in a cell there for many years. Then he was ordained
Archdeacon for the church of the monastery of St. John. Because of his virtuous
life, great knowledge and piety, he was ordained bishop for Misre (Cairo).
Having been seated upon the episcopal seat, he added to his prayer, asceticism,
and worship. He was a teacher, spiritual advisor, and a deterrent to the
sinners, during his episcopate. When he finished his good strife, he fell sick.
He called his people, commanded them not to be negligent in the Divine
commandments, and explained to them what the punishment of sinners would be.
Then, he made the sign of the glorious Cross on his face, and delivered his pure
soul in the hands of the Lord.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
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