St. Moses the Black
A man known for his strength and ferocity, St. Moses was an Abyssinian
slave and was released because of his nature. The leader of a gang of
thieves, Moses sought refuge at Sketis, where he was converted to
Christianity. There he became known for his supernatural gifts, and his
wisdom is included in the sayings of the Desert Fathers. Theophilus of
Alexandria ordained him to the priesthood. When Bedouins attacked Moses c.
395/400, he offered no resistance; he was buried at Dair al-Baramus, the
Monastery of the Romans, in the Valley of Natron. His relics are now in
the Church of Al Adra (the Virgin).
Karen Rae Keck
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