September 9, 2021 - Nasie 4, 1737
Departure of St. Poimen, the Hermit
On this day also, the ascetic saint, Anba Poimen (Baymon), departed. He was born about the year 350 A.D., in one of the cities of Egypt. He had six brothers, John, Jacob, Job, Joseph, Sonosyos, and Abraham. They all agreed to become monks, and they dwelt in a remote place. They forsook the love of the world, they bore the yoke of the Lord Christ, and they lived an ascetic life. Once their mother desired to see them, so she came to them, stood outside, and she sent a message for them to come to see her. They replied saying, You shall not see us except in the age to come. She understood their answer and returned to her town. Anba Poimen was a teacher, counselor, and comforter to the old and young men of the wilderness. Whenever tribulation or temptation befell anyone, he would come to him, and St.Poimen would cure him.
This father left to us many profitable teachings such as:
Having finished his days and having arrived at a good old age that was pleasing to God, he departed in peace. May his prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.