The Transfer of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs, Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, Cyrus and John
Commemorated on June 28
The Transfer of
the Relics of the Holy Martyrs, Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, Cyrus and John
from the city of Konopa, near Alexandria (where they suffered in the year 311)
to the nearby village of Manuphin, was done in the year 412. This Egyptian
village prompted fear in everyone, since in a former time there was here a
pagan temple and residence of evil spirits. Patriarch Theophilos (385-412)
wanted to cleanse this place of demons, but he died. His wish was fulfilled by
his successor upon the Alexandrian cathedra-chair, holy Patriarch Cyril (412-444).
He prayed fervently in carrying out this project. An Angel of the Lord appeared
in a vision to the sainted-hierarch and commanded the venerable relics of
Saints Cyrus and John be transferred to Manuphin. His Holiness Patriarch Cyril
did the Angel's bidding and built at Manuphin a church in the name of the holy
UnMercenary Cyrus was a noted physician in the city of Alexandria, where he
was born and grew up. He was a Christian and he doctored all the sick for free,
not only offering help for bodily ills, but healing also infirmities of soul,
such as were causes of bodily sickness. Preaching the Gospel teaching, the holy
physician converted many pagans to Christ. During the time of the persecution
by Diocletian (284-305), Saint Cyrus withdrew into the Arabian wilderness,
where he took on the monastic life, and continued there also to doctor people
by his prayer, having received from God the gift to heal every sickness.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.