Harmina

Asyut

ASYUT A city on the west bank of the Nile in middle Egypt. The Greeks called the city lÚkwn pÒlij, Lúkon pólis (Lycopolis, “wolf city”) because of the citizens’ reverence for Wepwawet, the wolf god. Asyut, the city’s modern Arabic name, is derived from the Coptic cioout. Lycopolis, home of a Christian community since at …

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Anchorite

ANCHORITE History Anchorites are those ascetic hermits who embraced the highest degree of monastic life by retreating into the Egyptian desert and living in complete seclusion and self-mortification. The annals of the Coptic church abound in names of anchorites who lived between the third and seventh centuries. An anchorite could spend many decades in caves …

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Dayr Harmina (Asyut)

DAYR HARMINA (Asyut) A monastery in the desert at the foot of the mountain that contains the underground construction of the ancient Qaw, about a mile (1.5 km) northwest of the village of ‘Izbat al-Aqbat (farm of the Copts). The Life of Saint Harmina is given in summary form by the recension from Upper Egypt …

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Coptic Saints

COPTIC SAINTS Holy men and women recognized in Egypt who died peacefully, as distinguished from MARTYRS, also saints, who met a violent end. The saints continued to reflect their faith throughout their lives, leaving behind them information that could help posterity record their labors for Christianity. Any listing of saints is an infinitesimal fraction of …

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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 John and Peter appeared to him to invite him to embrace the monastic life. Following them, he went up …

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