ܕܡܪܥܝܬܐ ܕܐܘܚܕ̈ܢܐ ܡܥܪ̈ܒܝܐ ܕܐܡܝܪܟܐ
|Mor Abrohom of Mt. Rom (d-Turo d-Rom), August 07|
of Mt. Rom (+389)
When he heard this he bowed before them and went out from the monastery. The Abbot wept with him and said, "Go in peace my foster-child Abraham. Remember us in your prayers." And he blessed each one.
After two days, two brothers came and built for the Blessed One a monastery and he abstained from bread and from everything. He existed on plants and herbs. He fasted from Sunday to Sunday and he wore a garment of hair. He strapped iron on his loins and garment.
After three years he and Stephen his disciple went down from the mountain. they went to the Bishop and the Blessed One became a priest and his disciple a deacon. His news went out in all the region. The sick and the poor were coming to him from every region and he healed them. The healed ones and the strong began to flourish in his prayer. in his vigil, and in his fast. All immediately waxed strong.
But one man from a far away region he had a kidney stone for two years. When he came to the Holy One, he prayed upon him and a demon gushed out from under his hem like he had a water leech. (The demon) said, "Woe is me because of Abraham the Mountaineer. See how much was in the belly of this youth that no man was able to release. He banished me."
He went to another youth who had many demons who was tied with bindings and chains. He broke them and fled. The Blessed One rose then kneeled in prayer and in much weeping he signed the Cross and rebuked the devil in that one. When he heard the name of the Messiah he fled from him. Immediately it was revealed, "Abraham, Abraham how beautiful are your miracles to God. Rise up and go to the city of Samosat(1). Behold there is there a student, an orphan of the name of Bar Saumo. He is guided toward you that chosen vessel.
The Blessed One entrusted the monks to the grace of God and he walked to Samosat. He found in the dawn light one who was walking and weeping. He ran towards him and took him from his hands and said to him, "Shlomo (Peace)." He lifted his covering from his head and he bowed and blessed him. The Blessed One said to the child Bar Saumo, "From where do you come and where do you go?" He said to him, "My lord, I am an orphan. My father died. And my mother married another man. I want to go and be a servant of the Christ (Messiah)."
He said to him, "Where do you think you will go?"
He said to him, "To the land of Skete."
The Blessed One said to him, "You are a babe and the great wilderness is difficult and you are not able to go up to it unless a man does for you a favor and prepares you for a monastery. Why do you flee?"
He said to him, "I do not flee." The Blessed One guided him and went with him to the monastery and he was with him six years. From there he went out escorted by the divine Blessed One. He was blessed in the regions and increased in great strength and countless wonders.
The Blessed Abraham gathered to him 70 brothers. He saw in the divine spirit that his disciple Stephanos would write his story and be equal to the rank of a Bishop. Eagles from heaven perched in the blessed monastery. Then another eagle went out from the monastery to meet them and they flew up to heaven. There were three eagles: Sham'oun, Tuma, and John, perfect ascetics. They were sent from God to transfer the Holy One. After seven days while praying, he entered with the three Blessed Ones. They were speaking with him until his departure in the night. The Blessed One answered and said to his disciples, "Remain in Peace and pray for me."
Thus there was seen by Stephanos and Alontis, his disciples, a great light and heavenly hosts who filled the air around them and the sounds of Alleluia chants. His soul was like a column of light in their midst. They drew near and put his flesh in a shroud of luminous silk and much perfume. They built a room and his body was illuminated like the sun as they put him in a coffin of white marble. He died in the year 700 according to the Greeks (389 of the Lord). His pray shall be worthy for the church and all its children. Amen.
Translated from Syriac in Mor Gabriel monastery by Fr. dale
1. Samosat: was on the Euphrates River in the region of Edessa. Today the ancient city has succumbed to the flood waters of the Ataturk Dam