Harmina, Saint

HARMINA, SAINT

A wondering monk (feastday: 2 Kiyakh).

Harmina was a native of the province of OXYRHYNCHUS (al-Bahnasa), and the son of Christian parents. When he was an adolescent and watching his parents’ flocks, the apostles and Peter appeared to him to invite him to embrace the monastic life. Following them, he went up to the monastery of Saint James, situated no doubt in the nome of Oxyrhynchus, although the notice about him in the SYNAXARION does not say so. The abbot of this monastery was Saint James, not otherwise known, who clothed him in the monk’s habit. The ceremony took place with the active participation of a cherub, the David, and the apostles Paul, John, and Peter, who entrusted Harmina to this abbot James.

Some time after, the apostle appeared to Harmina to enjoin him to go to the south. There he met Anba Hur (Hor), from Preht, with whom he went to the mountain (i.e., the desert) to the north of the town of Tkow.

His life is preserved by several manuscripts: Coptic Museum, Historical 475; Paris, Arabic 148, folios 295r-331v; 4787, folios 158v-195v; Saint ANTONY, History 130, 2 and 140, 2; Muyser, 1943, pp. 159-236 (translation of the Coptic MS incomplete at the end).

This Life is interesting because it describes a form of itinerant monasticism like the OF TAMMAH.

Harmina died at and was buried near the church of this town, although he had asked his Anba Hur, Anba Yusab, and others to bury his body in a secret place.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Muyser, J. “Ermite pérégrinant et pèlerin infatigable.” Bulletin de la Société d’Archéologie copte 9 (1943):159-236.

G. COQUIN