Dispatch from the Desert: December 16th thru 31st

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) December 17  Patermuthius, Coprius, and Alexander (361-363)  Patermuthius and Coprius were monks who were martyred.  Alexander was a soldier who was also killed for the faith in Egypt.  December 19  Elias, Probus, and Ares (308) Egyptian Christians who were martyred in Cilicia.  December 24  Eugenia and those with … More Dispatch from the Desert: December 16th thru 31st

Dispatch from the Desert: December 7th thru 15th

Dispatch from the Desert:  December 7th thru 15th African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) December 8  Patapius (7th century)  He was raised by pious parents in the Egyptian city of Thebes.  Patapius first tried to flee worldly vanity in the wilderness areas of his homeland.  But, he fled to a hut in Constantinople when … More Dispatch from the Desert: December 7th thru 15th

Dispatch from the Desert: November 30th thru December 6th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 30  Frumentius (370) He and his brother, Edesius, were traveling withe Meropius to India from Tyre.  The ship was wrecked in a storm off the coast of Ethiopia.   The Ethiopians killed everyone on the boat except these two brothers who, in time, served in the imperial court.  … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 30th thru December 6th

Dispatch from the Desert: November 23rd thru 29th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 23  Ischyrion (5th century) a hermit in the Sketis desert and Bishop in Egypt.  This may be the Ischyrion with one lesson in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers November 24  Katherine (310) She was the daughter of a king who lived in Alexandria and was known … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 23rd thru 29th

Dispatch from the Desert: November 16th thru 22nd

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 16  Apostle & Evangelist Matthew (1st century)  He was Levi the tax collector in Capernaum when Jesus told him, “Follow Me” (Matthew 9:9).  His account of the Gospel was first written in Aramaic.  After Pentecost, Matthew preached the faith among the Parthians, Medes, and Ethiopians.  He was … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 16th thru 22nd

Dispatch from the Desert: November 9th thru 15th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 9  John the Dwarf (ca. 407)  This well loved monk was a disciple of Paisius the Great and Pambo.  Under Pambo’s direction, John watered a dry stick for 3 years until it suddenly bore leaves and fruit.  This is how he learned the benefits of obedience.  John … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 9th thru 15th