Feast of Sts. Abraham Kidunaia and Mary of Edessa (March 16)   Leave a comment

Above:  Syria in 150 C.E.

Image in the Public Domain

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SAINT ABRAHAM KIDUNAIA (CIRCA 296-CIRCA 366)

Roman Catholic Hermit

Uncle of 

SAINT MARY OF EDESA (DIED CIRCA 371)

Roman Catholic Anchoress

Her feast transferred from October 29

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The married life was not for St. Abraham Kidunaia.  He fled the festivities his wealthy Syrian family held on the occasion of his (cancelled) arranged marriage.  He did persuade them to let him live as a hermit in a simple cell.  Ten years later, the Bishop of Edessa ordained St. Abraham to the priesthood and assigned him to a stubbornly pagan village, Beth-Kiduna.  The saint succeeded in his mission; it was difficult and dangerous work, for some inhabitants were violent.  But he succeeded, returning eagerly to his cell after a replacement priest arrived.  St Abraham emerged from his cell one more time before he died.  His niece, St. Mary of Edessa, had been an anchoress, a woman who devoted her life to penance and prayer.  Yet she had succumbed to lust with a rogue monk and had begun a life of promiscuity and prostitution.  Uncle St. Abraham left his cell to convince her to return to the holy life of an anchoress.  She did, and the rest of her days were holy ones.

Renowned for holiness, St. Abraham, who lived alone, had a large funeral.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 16, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GUSTAF AULEN, SWEDISH LUTHERAN THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF SAINT ADELAIDE, HOLY ROMAN EMPRESS

THE FEAST OF MARIANNE WILLIAMS, ANGLICAN MISSIONARY

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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 servants

Saint Abraham Kidunaia and Saint Mary of Edessa,

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 December 24, 2016

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Posted December 16, 2011 by neatnik2009 in March, Saints of the 300s

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