October 4, 2017 - Tout 24, 1734
Departure of St. Gregory the Monk
On this day departed St. Gregory the monk. He was the son of righteous, Christian and exceedingly rich parents from one of the cities of Upper Egypt. They gave great importance to teaching their son the art of speaking and medicine and then they taught him the doctrine of the Church. Next, they sent him to the father Abba Isaac, bishop of their city who made him a deacon to serve the altar, and when they wanted him to get married, he refused. After this, the bishop promoted him to a full deacon and he kept continually praying as he had been inclined to solitude since his early years. He used to pay many visits to Abba Pachomius. He took much money from his parents and brought it to St. Pachomius, beseeching him to spend it on building monasteries. The saint accepted his alms and spent it on building the monasteries of the holy Cenobitism.
After this, he went to Abba Pachomius, where he became a monk, and he struggled practicing all kinds of virtues. The fornicators learned purity from his appearance and example. He dwelt there for thirteen years. When Saint Macarius came to visit St. Pachomius, he asked St. Pachomius to permit him to go with St. Macarius. He dwelt with St. Macarius for two years, then he asked him if he could live alone and St. Macarius allowed him. He dug out a small cave for himself in the mountain where he dwelt for seven years. He used to come to St. Macarius twice each year, on Christmas and Easter, to be guided by him in his spiritual flight. When he had completed twenty-two years of strife, God wished him to rest. God sent to him an angel who informed him that after three days he would depart from the world. St. Gregory called the elders of the desert, and bade them farewell and asked them to remember him in their prayers, and after the three days, he departed in peace. May his prayers and blessings be with us all. Amen