IN THE NAME
OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT,
On this day is commemorated the consecration of the church of our Lady Mary, the holy Virgin, the God-bearer, which is known as the “Bath” because of the blessed fountain of water which our Lord Jesus Christ made to spring up, when He was there with His mother, the Virgin Mary, at the time of their return from the country of Egypt. When the angel of God appeared unto the righteous man Joseph, in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the Child and His mother and depart to the land of Egypt,” Joseph rose up, and took our holy Lady, the Virgin Mary, the God-bearer, and her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and Salome, the daughter of the sister of our Lady, and they came to the country of Egypt, and to Debra Kuskuam, and to the “Two Places.” And when they had lived in Egypt for three years and six months, and Herod was dead, the angel of God appeared to Joseph and commanded him to return to Jerusalem. When they were returning, they came to the city of Maharka, and thence to Mesr (Cairo), and thence to Matarya, and thence to the city of the “Bath”. And our Lord Jesus Christ made this fountain of water to spring up when He was with His mother, the Virgin Mary, and it existeth to this day. And all men, of every country and of every race, come there, and they intercede with our Lady the holy Virgin Mary, the God-bearer, and they receive a blessing from her, and from the blessed fountain of water. Salutation to the consecration of the Church of Mary, which is built near the fountain made to spring up by thy Son.
And on this day also ten hundred and two people were martyred. And on this day the festival of Abba ‘Atkaron, and Eulogius is celebrated. [Wanting in the Bodleian MS.]And on this day also are commemorated the saints Tamada and her sons, and Herminius (Armenius) and his mother. Salutation to Tamada and her sons, and to Herminius (Armenius) and his mother.
be to God Who is glorified in His Saints.