Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!
Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristusir augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
St. Abba Anoub ( Anubius) Anchorite of Egypt
Commemorated on June 5
Abba John said of Abba Anoub and Abba Poemen and the rest
of their brethren who come from the same womb and were made
monks in Scetis, that when the barbarians came and laid waste that
district for the first time, they left for a place called Terenuthis until
they decided where to settle. They stayed in an old temple several
days. Then Abba Anoub said to Abba Poemen, ‘For love’s sake do
this: let each of us live in quietness, each one by himself, without
meeting one another the whole week.’ Abba Poemen replied, ‘We
will do as you wish.’ So they did this. Now there was in the temple
a statue of stone. When he woke up in the morning, Abba Anoub
threw stones at the face of the statue and in the evening he said to
it, ‘Forgive me.’ During the whole week he did this. On Saturday
they came together and Abba Poemen said to Abba Anoub, ‘Abba,
I have seen you during the whole week throwing stones at the face
of the statue and kneeling to ask it to forgive you. Does a believer
act thus?’ The old man answered him, ‘I did this for your sake.
When you saw me throwing stones at the face of the statue, did it
speak, or did it become angry?’ Abba Poemen said, ‘No.’ ‘Or again,
when I bent down in penitence, was it moved, and did it say, “I will
not forgive you?”‘ Again Abba Poemen answered ‘No.’ Then the
old man resumed, ‘Now we are seven brethren; if you wish us to
live together, let us be like this statue, which is not moved whether
one beats it or whether one flatters it. If you do not wish to become
like this, there are four doors here in the temple, let each one go
where he will.’ Then the brethren prostrated themselves and said to
Abba Anoub, ‘We will do as you wish, Father, and we will listen
to what you say to us.’ Abba Poemen added, ‘Let us live together
to the rest of our time, working according to the word which the
old man has given us.’ He made one of them housekeeper and all
that he brought them, they ate and none of them had the authority
to say, ‘Bring us something else another time,’ or perhaps, ‘We do
not want to eat this.’ Thus they passed all their time in quietness
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness: take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.