Samuel the Confessor
|Oriental Orthodox (Non-Chalcedonian) perspective, which may differ from an Eastern Orthodox (Chalcedonian) understanding.|
Abba Samuel spent most of his early years at the monastery of St. Macarius the Great in Wadi Natrun, Egypt, and was a disciple of Abba Aghathon. He was ordained a priest, and God gave him the gift of healing and performing miracles.
While at St. Macarius Monastery, St. Samuel was severely tortured and lost one of his eyes at the hands of imperial officers because of his Non-Chalcedonian faith. Later the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and commanded him to depart and dwell in Mount Qalamon in the region of the Fayoum Oasis. St. Samuel obeyed, went there and built a monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Many of his sons gathered around him and they increased in number until they became thousands of monks.
Abba Samuel the Confessor departed in 693 AD. The al-Qalamoun Monastery he built continues to flourish to this day.