Dispatch from the Desert:  June 22nd thru 28th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid)

June 25th:  Gallicanus the Patrician (362) Martyred in Egypt

June 28th:  The Translation of the relics of Martyrs Cyrus and John froom Canopus to Menuthis (412) Patriarch Cyril of Alexandria prayed for God to destroy the pagan city of Menuthis.  However, an angel instructed him to move the remains of Saints Cyrus and John to the city and built a church in their honor.  Many miracles took place at this Christian temple, including the healing of the governor’s son.  The city was submerged in the 8th century by earthquakes and a flood.

Sennuphius (The Standard-bearer) (late 4th century)  A great Egyptian miracle worker and monk.  Emperor Theodosius summoned him to Constantinople to help him win a battle.  Sennuphius didn’t go, but sent his old cassock and walking stick instead.  the emperor wore the garment and carried the staff into battle and won.  After the victory, the items were returned to the monk.

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A Word from the Fathers & Mothers

The spirit of fornication said to Ammah Sarah, ‘Sarah, you have overcome me.’  She replied, ‘It is not I who have overcome you, but  my Master, Christ.’  From the Sayings of the Desert Fathers

 

Every good comes providentially from God, but it secretly runs from the unthankful, the ungrateful, those who are idle, and those who love conversations.  Abba Isacc to Abbes Theodora, from the Matericon


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