(The Sixteenth Day of the Blessed Month of Hatour)
I. The Beginning of the Fast of the Nativity (Advent) in the Coptic Church:
Today marks the beginning of the fast of the Nativity (the Advent) in our Coptic Church. We implore our Lord, who completed our salvation by coming down to redeem us from the bondage of sin, to help us to do what is pleasing in His sight during this holy fast and through all the days of our lives.
II. The Consecration of the Church of St. Abu-Nofer (Onuphrius):
On this day also was the consecration of the Church of St. Abu-Nofer (St. Onuphrius), the hermit, which was in El-Zaher, Misr (Cairo).
III. The Martyrdom of Saint Yostus, the Bishop:
Today also, is the commemoration of the martyrdom of St. Yostus, the bishop, by the hands of Maximus the prince. He tortured him severely and finally he received the crown of martyrdom.
His prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.