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Our mother among the saints, '''Mary of Egypt''' provides us with a beautiful example of [[metanoia]], or conversion.  She lived during the sixth century, and passed away in a remarkable manner in 522.  The Church celebrates her [[feast day]] on the day of her repose, [[April 1]].
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Our mother among the saints, '''Mary of Egypt''' provides us with a beautiful example of [[metanoia]], or conversion.  She lived during the sixth century, and passed away in a remarkable manner in 522.  The Church celebrates her [[feast day]] on the day of her repose, [[April 1]]; additionally, she is commemorated on the [[Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt]], the sixth Sunday in [[Great Lent]].
  
 
She began her life as a young woman who followed the passions of the body.  After a heart-felt [[conversion]] at the doors of a church, she fled into the desert to live as an [[ascetic]]. At the end of her life, she met the [[priest]] St. [[Zosima]] in the desert, who learned of her life.  After her death, he delivered this story to his fellow [[monk]]s.  Later, the story of her life was written down by St. Sophronius, [[Patriarch]] of Jerusalem.
 
She began her life as a young woman who followed the passions of the body.  After a heart-felt [[conversion]] at the doors of a church, she fled into the desert to live as an [[ascetic]]. At the end of her life, she met the [[priest]] St. [[Zosima]] in the desert, who learned of her life.  After her death, he delivered this story to his fellow [[monk]]s.  Later, the story of her life was written down by St. Sophronius, [[Patriarch]] of Jerusalem.
  
The ''Life of St. Mary of Egypt'' is read during [[Great Lent]] along with the [[Great Canon]] of St. [[Andrew of Crete|Andrew]].
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The ''Life of St. Mary of Egypt'' is read during Great Lent along with the [[Great Canon]] of St. [[Andrew of Crete|Andrew]].
 
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]] (Tone 8) [http://www.oca.org/FSTropars.asp?SID=13&ID=100963]
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:The image of God was truly preserved in you, O mother,
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:For you took up the Cross and followed [[Christ]].
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:By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away;
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:But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
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:Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the [[Angel]]s.
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 3)
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:Having been a sinful woman,
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:You became through repentance a Bride of Christ.
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:Having attained angelic life,
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:You defeated demons with the weapon of the Cross;
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:Therefore, O most glorious Mary you are a Bride of the Kingdom!
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Life of St. Mary of Egypt]]
 
*[[Life of St. Mary of Egypt]]
 
*[[Hagiography]]
 
*[[Hagiography]]
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==External Links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100963 Venerable Mary of Egypt] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=2 Mary of Egypt] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://www.orthodox.net/questions/mary_of_egypt_1.html Questions about St. Mary of Egypt]
  
 
[[Category:Desert Fathers]]
 
[[Category:Desert Fathers]]
 
[[Category:Egyptian Saints]]
 
[[Category:Egyptian Saints]]
 
[[Category:Saints]]
 
[[Category:Saints]]

Revision as of 11:32, August 11, 2005

Sts. Zosima and Mary of Egypt

Our mother among the saints, Mary of Egypt provides us with a beautiful example of metanoia, or conversion. She lived during the sixth century, and passed away in a remarkable manner in 522. The Church celebrates her feast day on the day of her repose, April 1; additionally, she is commemorated on the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, the sixth Sunday in Great Lent.

She began her life as a young woman who followed the passions of the body. After a heart-felt conversion at the doors of a church, she fled into the desert to live as an ascetic. At the end of her life, she met the priest St. Zosima in the desert, who learned of her life. After her death, he delivered this story to his fellow monks. Later, the story of her life was written down by St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem.

The Life of St. Mary of Egypt is read during Great Lent along with the Great Canon of St. Andrew.

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Hymns

Troparion (Tone 8) [1]

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O mother,
For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.
By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away;
But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the Angels.

Kontakion (Tone 3)

Having been a sinful woman,
You became through repentance a Bride of Christ.
Having attained angelic life,
You defeated demons with the weapon of the Cross;
Therefore, O most glorious Mary you are a Bride of the Kingdom!

See also

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