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The holy and glorious [[Virgin-martyr]] '''Piama of Egypt''' (also ''Piamun'' or ''Piamon'') lived during the fourth century. Her [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[March 3]].
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The holy and glorious Virgin '''Piama of Egypt''' (also '''Amma Piamun''' or '''Piamon''') lived during the fourth century near Alexandria, Egypt. Her [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[March 3]].
  
From the [[Prologue of Ohrid]]:
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==Life==
:''For the sake of Christ she refused to marry, and gave herself to asceticism in her mother's house. She took only a little food every other day, and spent her time in prayer and meditation, being gifted with insight. She departed this life peacefully, commending her soul to the Lord, in about the year 377.'' [http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/prolog.cgi]
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The Virgin Piama was born and lived in the vicinity of Alexandria, Egypt. She was a follower of [[Christ]] who for His sake refused to marry and led an [[asceticism|ascetic]] life in the home of her mother, as in a [[hermitage]]. She took only a little food at the end of each day and spent her time in [[prayer]] and meditation. After prayer she spun flax and practiced needlework. St. Piama was granted the gift of discernment.
  
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As it happened, a stronger village threatened to invade hers, and a crowd of men carrying spears and pointed sticks set out for her village, intent on destroying the village in their greed to divert water to their own fields when the Nile overflowed its banks. But an [[angel]] of the Lord appeared to Piama and told her of their wicked intent. This she reported to the village elders. The terrified elders fell on their knees before Piama and implored her to go to the neighboring people and dissuade them from their evil purpose.
* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100645 Virginmartyr Piama] ([[OCA]])
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* [http://www.touregypt.net/documents/lausiac7.htm#Chapter%20XXXVII Chapter XXXVII: Amma Piamun] from ''De Vitis Patrum'', Book VIII by Palladius, Bishop of Helenopolis, translated by Gentianus Hervetus.
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Since she had shunned contact with people for a long time, Piama did not go to confront them. Instead, she went back to her own house and stood all night in prayer, hardly prostrating herself at all. As the morning dawned, the invaders stood transfixed, like columns of stone, unable to move. As it was revealed to them that they had been brought to a halt through the prayers of the servant of Christ, Piama, they made peace with her village, saying, "Thanks be to God and the prayers of Piama that we were prevented from doing you any harm."
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The Virgin Piama peacefully fell asleep in the Lord in the year 337.
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==Sources==
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* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100645 OCA: Virginmartyr Piama]
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* [http://www.touregypt.net/documents/lausiac7.htm#Chapter%20XXXVII Chapter XXXVII: Amma Piamun]] from ''De Vitis Patrum'', Book VIII by Palladius, Bishop of Helenopolis, translated by Gentianus Hervetus.
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*[http://www.transfigcathedral.org/faith/Bulgakov/0101.pdf  Venable Virgin Piama
  
 
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The holy and glorious Virgin Piama of Egypt (also Amma Piamun or Piamon) lived during the fourth century near Alexandria, Egypt. Her feast day is celebrated on March 3.

Life

The Virgin Piama was born and lived in the vicinity of Alexandria, Egypt. She was a follower of Christ who for His sake refused to marry and led an ascetic life in the home of her mother, as in a hermitage. She took only a little food at the end of each day and spent her time in prayer and meditation. After prayer she spun flax and practiced needlework. St. Piama was granted the gift of discernment.

As it happened, a stronger village threatened to invade hers, and a crowd of men carrying spears and pointed sticks set out for her village, intent on destroying the village in their greed to divert water to their own fields when the Nile overflowed its banks. But an angel of the Lord appeared to Piama and told her of their wicked intent. This she reported to the village elders. The terrified elders fell on their knees before Piama and implored her to go to the neighboring people and dissuade them from their evil purpose.

Since she had shunned contact with people for a long time, Piama did not go to confront them. Instead, she went back to her own house and stood all night in prayer, hardly prostrating herself at all. As the morning dawned, the invaders stood transfixed, like columns of stone, unable to move. As it was revealed to them that they had been brought to a halt through the prayers of the servant of Christ, Piama, they made peace with her village, saying, "Thanks be to God and the prayers of Piama that we were prevented from doing you any harm."

The Virgin Piama peacefully fell asleep in the Lord in the year 337.

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