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E04096: Coptic letter from the monastery of Apa Apollo at Bawit (Middle Egypt), asking a member of the monastery to arrange for two garments to be sent and to act mercifully, to ensure the blessing of the saints (unnamed, S00518); datable to the 8th century.

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posted on 02.10.2017, 00:00 by gschenke
P.Mon. Apollo 55:

The fragmentary document seems to be a letter written to a representative of the monastery of Apa Apollo at Bawit. The sender asks for two maphoria (head covers or monastic garments) to be sent. The addressee is to act mercifully to ensure that the blessing of the saints will be upon the monastic congregation.

Lines 6–8 read as follows:

ⲧⲓⲡⲁⲣⲁⲕⲁⲗⲉⲓ ⲙⲙⲱⲧⲛ ⲧⲉⲡⲉⲧⲛ<ⲛ>ⲁ ⲧⲁϩⲟⲛ ⲧⲁⲣⲉ ⲡⲥⲙⲟⲩ ⲛⲉⲡⲉⲧⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ⲉⲓ ⲉϩⲣⲁⲓ ⲉϫⲱⲧⲛ ⲙⲛ ⲡⲉⲧⲛⲉⲥⲟ̣ⲟ̣ⲩ̣ϩ̣ⲥ̣ ⲧ̣ⲏ̣ⲣ̣ϥ̣
ⲛ̣ⲉⲩⲗⲟⲅⲓⲙⲉⲛⲟⲛ

‘I am asking you to let your mercy reach us, so that the blessing of the saints may come upon you and your entire blessed congregation.’


(Text: S. J. Clackson; trans.: G. Schenke)
Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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Evidence ID

E04096

Saint Name

Saints, unnamed or name lost : S00518

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet Documentary texts - Letter

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

700

Evidence not after

799

Activity not before

700

Activity not after

799

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Bawit

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Bawit Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

The papyrus document P.Hermitage Copt. 39 is kept at the Hermitage Museum as inv. 13495. The document is only partially preserved and has been dated on palaeographical grounds.

Bibliography

Text: Clackson, S.J., Coptic and Greek Texts relating to the Hermopolite Monastery of Apa Apollo (Oxford, 2000), 130–131.

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