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His GraceBishopMettaous, Bishop and Abbott of St. Mary's Monastery El Sourian, along with the monastery's monks, mourn the loss of His GraceBishop Rueiss, who departed to the Heavenly Jerusalem at the age of 81 years on the morning of 5/14/2020.  
 
His Grace Bishop Rueiss was born in the 1939 in the city of Meit Gamr by the name of Mokhtar Fahmy El Menyawy.  He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in the year 1962.  On 13/10/1963, he was consecrated a monk at the El Sourian monastery - the Natroun Valley, and was named as the monk, Metias El Souriany, by the hands of the late His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, who was the bishop of education at the time. He was ordained as priest on 2/1/1966, and then promoted to the rank of hegomen on 25/1/1967. In October of the year 1967, the late His Holiness Pope Cyril VI (the 116th Pope of Alexandria), appointed him as his personal secretary, and then asked him to oversee the clerical council. In the year 1969, Fr. Metias avoided the calling to be ordained as bishop over the city of Demiat, and he confined himself to the monastery to return to his clerical council duties in the year 1970. His Grace Bishop Antonios sent him to England in the year 1971 to shepherd the coptic community in London, England. In November of that same year, he was appointed as secretary to His Holiness Pope Shenouda III.  Throughout multiple instances, he continued to avoid the calling to be ordained as bishop; however, on the feast of the Pentecost of the year 1977 he was ordained as Bishop Rueiss by the hands of the late His Holiness Pope Shenouda III.  He was appointed to oversee the churches in the lands of immigration. 
 
May God repose his pure soul in the paradise of joy, and may He who sustained him, sustain us also on our path of perseverance on earth, so that we too may have a share and an inheritance with the angels and the saints in the kingdom of heaven. 

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Essential conditions to spend a spiritual retreat in the monastery

To carry a legal proof of personality.

To be not less than 16 years of age.

To carry a letter from the recognition father directed to the Abbot or the father responsible for the retreat house.

To be punctual to the timings of the prayers, work and retreats in the retreat house.

The retreat period does not exceed three days.

Between a retreat and another, there should be a minimum period of 2 months.

Not to visit the Abbot or the monks fathers except with a permission from the father responsible for the retreat house.

To be calm in order to maintain and respect the sanctity of the place.

 

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Newly Released

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CDS – DVD about the Monastery of the Syrians with a simplified explanation of the history of the Monastery of the Virgin Mary (the Syrians). Beheira (AL Asakeet Desert) in the Wadi Natrun area of Egypt’s Western Desert.

I: Video and photos of the history of the Monastery of the Syrians, past and present.

II: Sections of the Monastery such as the entrance, the walls, the fort and the churches including the wall frescos from the archaeological museum and the rest of the Monastery.

III: Midnight Prayers on Sunday with the Holy Fathers of the Monastery.

IIII: Video of the Gregorian Mass for the Fathers in the Monastery.

We hope that watching and listening to these CDs will bring spiritual benefit and be a blessing to all.

We also hope that you will learn more about the liturgically and historical legacy of Coptic monasteries through the intercession of Saint Mary

 

The way to Egypt

A Documentary Film about

The flight of the Holy Family to Egypt

This film has been translated into twenty languages and is available for purchase at the monastery’s bookstore

Presented by

Bishop Mettaous

Abbot of the prosperous Syrian Monastery

Production by

St.Mary’s Monastery EL Sourian

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Bashans 19, 1736 - May 27, 2020, Wednesday of the Sixth week of the Holy Fifty Days

Vespers

Psalms 23:5

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. [NKJV] Alleluia

Mark 9:33-37

33 Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road? 34 But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. 35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all. 36 Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, 37 Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Matins

Psalms 23:1-2, 3

23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures.

3 He restores my soul. [NKJV] Alleluia

Mark 9:38-42

38 Now John answered Him, saying, Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us. 39 But Jesus said, Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against us is on our side. 41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. 42 But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Liturgy

Romans 7:1-8

7:1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another-- to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, You shall not covet. 8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. [NKJV] The Grace of God the Father be with you all. Amen

1 John 5:13-18

13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. 18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. [NKJV] Do not love the world, nor the things which are in the world. The world shall pass away and all its desires; but he who does the will of God shall abide forever. Amen

Acts 19:6-10

6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all. 8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. 9 But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10 And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. [NKJV] The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty and be confirmed in the holy church of God. Amen

Psalms 40:13, 17

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me!.

17 Do not delay, O my God. [NKJV] Alleluia

John 17:1-9

17:1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. 6 I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 9 I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen