Commemorated on July 9
Patermuphios and Koprios: Patermuphios at first was a pagan and also the
head of a band of robbers, but then he repented, was baptised and withdrew into
the wilderness. The monk devoted all the rest of his life to attending the sick
and burying the dead. For his love of toil and efforts, Patermuphios received
from God the gift of wonderworking.
Presbyter Koprios was
an eyewitness of the doings of the Monk Patermuphios and recorded his life and
miracles. Saint Koprios narrated this vita to presbyter Ruphinos, who in turn
transmitted it to Palladios, Bishop of Hellenopolis, who in turn included the
account in his book, the "Historica Lausiaca".
One time the Monk
Koprios entered into a debate with the heretic Manichaeos, and seeing that he
could not prevail against him in dispute, he suggested to the heretic to
arrange a large bon-fire and together with him to go into it, so that the Lord
Himself should decide, whose was the true faith. Manichaeos refused to go in
first, but Koprios went into the bon-fire, and standing amidst the burning
embers, he remained unharmed. The people glorified the faith of Koprios, while
the heretic who wanted not to go into the flames they threw into the bon-fire.
The heretic jumped out all scorched and tried to flee, but they caught hold of
him and again cast him into the bon-fire. The Monk Koprios then quelled the
crowd and let Manichaeos go.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.