Venerable Moses the Ethiopian of Scete
The Venerable Moses of Ethiopia, from a young age, was involved in murder, theft, violence, and all sorts of evil. Being physically strong and tall, he was the ring leader of his gang and people trembled at the mere mention of his name. One day his conscience began to bother him and he left his former ways and turned to repentance. Having come to a monastery, he begged the abbot to allow him to stay, but the monks knowing his former life did not wish this. After much imploring they finally let him stay and here started his deep and fervent repentance. With tears and prayer he spent many years, even converting his former associates who had by chance come to rob him. The monastery he was staying at was soon under attack and the monks were forced to flee. Saint Moses was adamant that he would remain there as “he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword”, in other words, he wished to die a violent death due to the violence he previously caused others. A group of monks remained with him and they were all slaughtered. Saint Moses is called upon for those wishing to turn to repentance and those who fall into despondency of sin.
Ἦχος πλ. α’. Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον.
Τῶν παθῶν καταλείψας Πάτερ τὴν Αἴγυπτον, τῶν ἀρετῶν ἐν τῷ ὄρει ἀνῆλθες πίστει θερμή, τὸν Σταυρὸν τὸν τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἄρας ἐπ’ ὤμων σου, καὶ δοξασθεῖς περιφανῶς τύπος ὤφθης Μοναστῶν, Μωσῆ Πατέρων ἀκρότης, μεθ’ ὧν ἀπαύστως δυσώπει ἐλεηθήναι τᾶς ψυχᾶς ἠμῶν.
Ἦχος δ’. Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.
Αἰθιόπων πρόσωπα, ἀπορραπίσας, νοητῶν ἀνέλαμψας, καθάπερ ἥλιος φαιδρός, φωταγωγῶν τᾶς ψυχᾶς ἠμῶν, τῶν σὲ τιμώντων, Μωσῆ παμμακάριστε.
Ἔργοις διαλάμψας ἀσκητικοῖς, ἐχθρῶν νοουμένων, ἀπημαύρωσας τὴν ἰσχύν, καὶ τῆς ἄνω δόξης ἐδείχθης κληρονόμος, συνὼν τοῖς Ἀσωμάτοις, Μωσῆ μακάριε.
Troparion — Tone 1
You abandoned the Egypt of the passions, O Father, / Ascending the mount of the virtues with fervent faith, / Taking the Cross of Christ upon your shoulders; / And being glorified in godly works, / You proved to be a model for monastics, O summit of the fathers. / Pray unceasingly with them that our souls may find mercy!
Kontakion — Tone 3
Your mind was filled with a holy inspiration from God, / Turning you from the lust and pleasures of the flesh, / Bringing you to the height of the city of God! / O Holy Father Moses, intercede with Christ God that He may grant us great mercy!