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Day 28 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Babah, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins after forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers.

The Eighth Day of the Blessed Month of Babah

The Martyrdom of St. Metra

       On this day was the martyrdom of the old man St. Metra. He was a native of Alexandria, a believing Christian. When Decius reigned, he established the worship of idols, and afflicted the Christian people in every place, and his edict reached Alexandria whose people began to be persecuted. Some calumniated against the saint, and the governor had him brought to Alexandria to question him about his faith. St. Metra confessed that the Lord Christ is the true God. The governor ordered him to worship the idols and promised him much money, but he refused and so he threatened to punish him, but he did not give up his faith. He said to the governor, "I do not worship but to the Lord Christ, the creator of heaven and earth." The governor was wroth with him, and ordered that he be beaten; so he was beaten very severely and then hanged up by his arms. Then they imprisoned him and slit his face and his temples with a red hot rod. Finally because he insisted on not giving up his faith, they cut off his head outside of the city.

May His prayers be with us all. Amen.

Martyrdom of the Saints Abba Hor, Tosia and her children, and Abba Agatho the Anchorite

      On this day also was the commemoration of St.Abba Hor and the commemoration of St. Tosia and her children the martyrs at Tamouh, and Saint Agatho, the anchorite.

May their blessings and prayers be with us all, and Glory be to God forever. Amen.

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