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St. Andrews the Samuelite

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A guest from heaven

St. Andrews was born at Algafdon village, Alfashn, Beni Suef governorate in the year 1887. The name of St. Andrews was "Youssef Khaleel Ibrahim", and he says, according to what his parents told him, that he lost sight when he was three years old.

 

When he was thirteen years old, he headed to the village "El Zawarah" where a residence of monastery of St. Samuel.

There he was well received, and sat under the church instructor, and he acquired the church rituals, chantings and hymns at the hands one of the monks named "Ibrahim El Fayoumy".

No sooner did ten years pass than he complete his learning.

He was in charge of the hardest tasks to be done at the monastery, he had to raise water from the monastery well to fill a very large basin everyday manually.

Some people saw scorpions beside him but causing no harm, they discovered a serpent sleeping on his shoulder as if they were friends.

He stayed alone in the monastery for four months living on dry bread, and salty water.
He used to bless people saying:

"May God be with you, not against you".

St. Andrews died at 7th February 1988, he lived about 75 years as a monk, but still performing miracles even after his departure.

 

 

About the monastery

St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Monastery in the Kalamoun Mountain, under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Bassilios