Synaxarium

Today is the 1st 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.

Martyrdom of the Saints Maximus, Nometius, Boctor, and Philopus

On this day, the striver Saints Maximus, Nometius, Boctor, and Philopus were martyred. They lived in the days of Decius the Emperor. During his reign, the seven young men disappeared in a cave in a mountain in Ephesus. These four saints were from Africa, and they were brethren in spiritual love. The desire for Christ gathered them together. When Emperor Decius was torturing the Christians, they agreed together to declare their faith. They went before the Prefect and confessed that they were Christians and only worshipped and bowed to Christ. He ordered them beaten, and they were many times, with whips and sticks. Their backs were burned with red-hot rods. Their bodies then were rubbed with rags made of hair steeped in vinegar and salt. In spite of all this severe torture they remained steadfast in the faith. Some of the people present believed in the Lord Christ when they saw their patience and endurance. Finally, the Prefect ordered the heads of some of the saints to be cut off and the sword to be used on the others. Thus they all received the crown of martyrdom.May their prayers be with us all. Amen

Commemoration of St. Cleopas the Apostle and His Companion

On this day also is the commemoration of St. Cleopas the Apostle and his companion who were traveling to a village called Emmaus. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near, and went with them. When they did not know Him, He said to them, O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory? Later, as He sat at the table with them, He took bread, blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. Then, their eyes were opened, and they knew Him, and He vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:13-31)These two Apostles were among the 72 Apostles.May their prayers be upon us all, and Glory be to God forever. Amen


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Coptic Lectionary

Herbs and Plants Season
Annual Tune

Saturday
10 November, 2018
Hatour 1, 1735

Vespers
Matthew 16:13-19

Matins
John 15:17-25

Pauline
2 Corinthians 4:5-5:11

Catholic
1 Peter 2:18-3:7

Acts
Acts 20:17-38

Synaxarium
2 events

Gospel
John 10:1-16

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