Feast of St. Syncletica of Alexandria (January 22)   Leave a comment

Above:  Map of Roman Egypt in 400 C.E.

Image in the Public Domain

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SAINT SYNCLETICA OF ALEXANDRIA (CIRCA 316-400)

Desert Mother

Her feast transferred from January 5

St. Syncletica of Alexandria was born into a wealthy family of Macedonian ancestry.  Considered beautiful, she attracted much male attention yet refused to marry; she dedicated her life to God.  The saint sold her possessions and gave the proceeds to the poor after her parents died and became a hermit living in a crypt.  She wrote on spiritual topics, counseled women, and became the nucleus around which a spiritual community formed.  The saint died of cancer.

Fortunately, many of her writings survive.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANDREW THE APOSTLE, MARTYR

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O God,

whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world,

that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Syncletica of Alexandria,

may serve you with singleness of heart,

and attain to the riches of the age to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34 or 34:1-8

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62

–Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer (1979), pages 249 and 927

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Revised on November 21, 2016

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