Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Commemoration of Entry of Lord Christ to Egypt
On this day, June the First, our Lord Jesus Christ came to the land of Egypt when He was a two years old child, as the Bible says in (Mt. 2:13) that the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying: 'Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.' This was for two reasons:
A. If He fell in the hand of Herod, and Herod could not kill Him, he would have thought that His flesh was a phantom.
B. The second reason was to bless the people of Egypt by being among them, so that the prophecy of Hosea (11:1) could be fulfilled which says: '... out of Egypt I called My Son.' And also the prophecy of Isaiah (19:1) be fulfilled: 'Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud, and will come into Egypt, the idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, and the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.'
The Lord Jesus came to Egypt with Joseph, His Virgin Mother, and Salome. They passed in an estate called 'Basta' where the Holy Family drank from a well, and the water of the well became curing water for all sicknesses. Then they went to 'Meniet Samannoud' and crossed the Nile to the western side. In this place, the Lord Jesus put His foot on a stone, and the trace of His foot appeared, and the stone was called 'Picha Isos' in Coptic (or The heal of Jesus). From there, they went westward to Wadi El-Natroun, and St. Mary blessed the place, with her knowledge that many monasteries would be built there. Then they went to 'Al-Ashmoneen' where they settled for several days, after which they went to Mount 'Qosqam', where the monastery of St. Mary was later built, which has been known by the name 'El-Moharrak monastery'.
When Herod died, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying: 'Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child's life are dead.' (Mt. 2:20-21). They came back to Cairo, and on their return, they stayed in a cave which is today located in the church of Abu-Serga in Old Cairo. Then they passed by El-Mataryia, and they washed there from a well, and the well has been blessed since, and a tree of Balsam grew beside it, from its oil the Chrism (El-Myroun) is made which is used to consecrate new churches. From there, the Holy Family walked to El-Mahama (Mustorod), and from there to Israel. We ought to celebrate this feast spiritually with joy, for Our Lord Jesus honored our land.
Glory to His Holy Name forever. Amen.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
reattached to his body as they had been before. St. Thomas was absent at the time of St. Mary's departure, but he came after the burial. On his way back to Jerusalem, St. Thomas saw angels carrying St. Mary's pure body and ascending with it to heaven, and one of the angels said to him, 'Hurry and kiss the pure body of St. Mary.' When he arrived at the disciples' location, they informed him about St. Mary's departure. He told them, 'I will not believe, unless I see her body, as you all know how I did doubt the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ before.' They took him to the tomb, to uncover the body but they did not find it, and they were perplexed and amazed. St. Thomas told them how he saw the pure body ascending to heaven, carried by angels. The Holy Spirit then told them, 'The Lord did not Will to leave Her Holy body on earth.' The Lord had promised his pure apostles that they would see her in flesh another time. They were waiting for the fulfillment of this truthful promise, until the sixteenth day of the month of Misra, when the promise of seeing her was fulfilled. They saw her sitting on the right hand of her Son and her Lord, surrounded by the angelic Host, as David prophesied and said, At your right hand stands the queen. Psalm 45:9 St. Mary's life on earth was sixty years. She spent twelve years of them in the temple, thirty years in the house of the righteous St. Joseph, Three years with Jesus and fifteen years in the care of St. John the Evangelist, as the Lord commanded her saying, 'Woman behold your Son,' and to St. John, 'Behold your Mother.'
هذه القصة رواها البابا مكاريوس الثالث البطريرك ال114 عن رجل كان يعرفه اسمه عم يعقوب حينما كان البابا مطراناً لأسيوط، يحكي البابا عن عم يعقوب انه كان رجلاً بسيطاً محباً لله يعمل في الجبل لقطع الأحجار، وذات يوم قابل رجلاً في طريقة عودته في الجبل بين المقابر ناداه باسمه ولم يكن يعرفه وقال له تعال معي وكان يعقوب يحمل كيساً وهنا قال له الرجل اعطني طعاماً مما معك. فاندهش عم يعقوب جداً وبينما هما يأكلان كان الطعام ينتهي سريعاً وكأن معهما ناس و أدرك عم يعقوب انه أمام ساحر يستخدم الشيطان، وفعلاً قال له الرجل انه يستخدم الشياطين وانه لا يستطيع دخول بيوت الأقباط يوم الأحد ولا يعرف لماذا ولا تعرف شياطينه أن تعمل يومها ثم قال له سأحكي لك قصة حدثت أمس.
أتري المياه التي تحيط بهذه المقبرة؟ أمس رأيت بعيني ولم أكن احلم سيدة شديدة البهاء يحيط بها حرس كثيرون وجاءوا لمقبرة رجل مدفون حديثاً كان قد ترك دينكم وقالت: "أخرِجوا جسد الرجل" وكان هناك قدرٌ مملوء ماء مغلي وعندما القوا الجثة طفى زيتٌ علي وجه المياه و قامت السيدة الملكة بجمعه بتدقيق بملعقة صغيرة في زجاجة وكانت تقول بغضب هادئ:
"ميرون ابني! ميرون ابني! انه لا يستحقه!"
ثم القوا الماء كما تري واختفي المشهد ولم أكن نائماً فما هذا الذي حدث؟!.
هنا تَشَجَّع عم يعقوب وحكي له عن يوم الأحد وصلاة القداس وقيامة المسيح والتناول، أما السيدة الجليلة فهي العذراء مريم، و الميرون فهو زيت المسحة وحكي للساحر عن طريقة تحضيره والصلوات التي تتم وقتها وانه في الأصل زيت من حنوط جسد السيد المسيح و يُعطي للمسيحي مرة واحدة بعد معموديته.
سمع الساحر وهو مندهش من قوة هذا الزيت وقيمته .