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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 17, 1736 - May 25, 2020, Monday of the Sixth week of the Holy Fifty Days

Vespers

Psalms 47:1

47:1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!. [NKJV] Alleluia

Mark 6:30-34

30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. 33 But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Matins

Psalms 47:6-7

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7 For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding. [NKJV] Alleluia

Mark 8:22-26

22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. 23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. 24 And he looked up and said, I see men like trees, walking. 25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. 26 Then He sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Liturgy

Romans 8:2-5

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. [NKJV] The Grace of God the Father be with you all. Amen

1 John 5:9-13

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 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. [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 9:23-31

23 Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. 24 But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. 25 Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket. 26 And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28 So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. 29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. 30 When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus. 31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. [NKJV] The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty and be confirmed in the holy church of God. Amen

Psalms 28:9, 8

9 Save Your people, And bless Your inheritance; Shepherd them also, And bear them up forever.

8 The Lord is their strength. [NKJV] Alleluia

John 16:15-23

15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. 16 A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father. 17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, What is this that He says to us, `A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'; and, `because I go to the Father'? 18 They said therefore, What is this that He says, `A little while'? We do not know what He is saying. 19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, `A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'? 20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. 23 And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen