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Matthew The Poor, Saint

MATTHEW THE POOR, SAINT An early-eighth-century holy man. Matthew is mentioned in the Arabic SYNAXARION of the Copts, at the day of his feast, 7 Kiyahk. The recension from Lower Egypt gives him a rather small place and puts him at Aswan instead of Asfun, but the recension from Upper Egypt accords him a much …

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Michael The Archangel, Saint

MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, SAINT In Coptic Christian tradition, Saint Michael the Archangel holds an important place, comparable to that of the Virgin Mary. Of the Eastern churches, only the Copts and the Ethiopians have developed devotion to the archangel to the same degree. Among the archangels, Michael is explicitly named in the Old Testament (Dn. …

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Eustathius Of Thrace

EUSTATHIUS OF THRACE A fictitious personage created during the period of the CYCLES; he appears in particular in the Cycle of JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, exiled on the “island of Thrace,” thus identifying him with an imaginary island, for Thrace was no island. There, John consecrates the first bishop of the new community, named as Antimus in …

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Moses Of Abydos

MOSES OF ABYDOS (feast day: 25 Abib), fifth-sixth-century monk. The SYNAXARION of the Copts and the Synaxarion of the Ethiopians give no information about Moses of Abydos, but only allude to him in the brief commemoration of MACROBIUS, “the son of Abu Musa, head of the monastery of al-Balyana,” for 7 Baramudah. No Arabic manuscript …

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Abraham Of Farshut

ABRAHAM OF FARSHUT A sixth-century abbot (feast day: 24 Tubah). In addition to the SYNAXARION (Basset, 1916, p. 684; Forget, 1953-1954, 47-49, pp. 411-13 [text]; 78, pp. 401-05 [trans.]), which gives a brief résumé of his life, numerous Coptic folios (Campagnano, 1970, pp. 230-32, 239-41) contain the remains of two Encomia. Moreover, we have also …

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