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THE ELEVENTH MONTH
Hamle 09
(July 16)

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, 
ONE GOD.  AMEN.

On this day Saint Simon Cleopas became a martyr.  This saint was made Bishop of Jerusalem after James, the brother of our Lord.  And he converted many of the Jews to the belief of our Lord Jesus Christ, and he performed many signs and miracles; and he healed the sick.  And Eudrias the king heard that he was separating women from their husbands, and commanding them to be chaste, and he had him brought before him, and tortured him severely.  Now at that time his days were one hundred and twenty years.  And when Eudrias was tired of torturing him he cut off his head with the sword, and at the same time the head of a certain virgin whose name was Theona.  [In the Bodleian MS. this section is given under the tenth day.]

Salutation to Nathaniel.

And on this day also died the holy father Abba Claudianus, the ninth Archbishop of the city of Alexandria.  This saint sat upon the throne of Mark, the evangelist, fourteen years, and protected his flock; and he died in peace.  Salutation to Claudianus.

And on this day also died Abba Besneda.  This righteous man fought the fight standing by a deep well of water, and the angels used to visit him and lift him up in a chariot a space of nine cubits; and he died in peace.

Glory be to God Who is glorified in His Saints.  Amen.