Synaxarium

Today is the 5th of the blessed month of Hatour, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins are forgiven by the tender mercies of our God, my fathers and brothers. Amen.

Appearance of the Head of St. Longinus the Soldier

On this day was the appearance of the head of St. Longinus the Soldier who pierced the side of our Savior, when He was on the Cross. Emperor Tiberius Caesar sent a soldier to Cappadocia to cut off the head of this saint, as it is written in the 23rd day of the month of Abib. The soldier fulfilled the order and brought the head to Jerusalem, and handed it to Pontius Pilate. Pilate showed the head to the Jews, who rejoiced at his deed. Pilate commanded that the head be buried in some of the piles of dirt outside Jerusalem. There was a woman who had believed at the hands of St. Longinus when he preached in Cappadocia. During his execution, she stood, weeping, and witnessed his martyrdom. Later on she became blind. So, she took her son and departed to Jerusalem to be blessed by the holy places, and the holy sepulchre, hoping that she might regain her sight. When she arrived in Jerusalem, her son died. She became very sad and grieved because of her condition and there was no one to take her back to her own country. During her sleep she saw St. Longinus, and with him, was her son who had died. He directed her to whereabout his head was buried and ordered her to remove it. When she woke up, she looked for the place until she found it. She dug in the ground and a sweet aroma of incense came out. When she reached the head of the saint, a great light shone from it and straightaway her eyes were opened and she was able to see. She glorified the Lord Christ, kissed the head, perfumed it, and placed it with the body of her son. Then she returned to her own country glorifying the Lord Christ Who performed wonders through His saints.May his prayers be with us all. Amen

Martyrdom of St. Timothy and the Relocation of the Body of St. Theodore, the Prince of Setb

On this day also is the commemoration of the martyrdom of St. Timothy and also the commemoration of the relocation of the body of St. Theodore the Prince, to the city of Setb, in the province of Assiut (His martyrdom is on the 20th of the Coptic month of Abib).May his prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be to God forever. Amen


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Coptic Lectionary

Herbs and Plants Season
Annual Tune

Tuesday
14 November, 2017
Hatour 5, 1734

Vespers
Mark 1:16-22

Matins
Matthew 4:18-22

Pauline
Galatians 1:1-19

Catholic
John 1:1-12

Acts
Acts 15:13-21

Synaxarium
2 events

Gospel
Mark 10:35-45

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