S 230 THE ETHIOPIC SYNAXARIUM
[fol. 62 b 3] IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE
SON AND THE HOL Y GHOST, ONE GOD
On this day died the pure and righteous woman HANNAH, the mother of our Lady, the holy Virgin MARY, the God-bearer. This holy woman was a native of the city of Jerusalem, and she was the daughter of MATAT, the son of LEVI, the son of MELKI, of the sons of AARON the priest, and of the tribe of LEVI. MATAT had three children, and the name of the eldest was MARY; the name of the second was SOFIA, and the name of the third was HANNAH. And MARY married and brought forth SALOME, the midwife who received our Lady MARY when she brought forth Christ our God. And SOFIA married and brought forth ELISABETH, the mother of JOHN the Baptist, and this holy woman HANNAH married the righteous man JOACHIM, who was of the tribe of JUDAH, and she brought forth our Lady MARY. Our Lady MARY and SALOME and ELISABETH were sisters. Now the history of the strife of this holy woman HANNAH we know of nothing whatsoever which we can record, but we know and we are convinced that she was [fol. 63a I] the most honoured of women because she was held to be worthy to become the mother of the mother of God in the flesh. And had she not possessed many virtues, and great righteousness, which was superior to the righteousness of every other woman, she would never have been worthy of this act
of grace. Now this righteous woman was barren, and she used to pray and to entreat God continually to give her children, and God gave her a beautiful daughter, one to be revered, and she and all her people rejoiced, that is to say our Lady MARY.
Therefore it is meet for us to honour her, and to celebrate a festival to her, because of the exalted gift which God gave her. Salutation to thee O HANNAH, thou ladder of the prayers of the righteous.
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON
AND THE HOL Y GHOST, ONE GOD
On this day died Saint SALOME, the sister of our holy Lady, the Virgin MARY, the God-bearer. She was the daughter of MATATA, the son of LEVI, the son of MÊLKÎ, the son of AARON the priest; now MATATA had three daughters; the name of the oldest was "MARY," and the second was called "SOFIA," [fol. 68a 2] and the third was "HANNA." MARY brought forth SALOME, and SOFIA brought forth ELISABETH, and HANNAH brought forth our holy Lady, the Virgin MARY. And this Saint SALOME was brought up in the house of JOSEPH with our holy Lady, the Virgin MARY, and she ministered unto her, and she was not separated from her when our Redeemer was born. When JOSEPH was thinking about our holy Lady, the Virgin MARY, and wondering how she had brought forth her Son, being a virgin, this Saint SALOME made bold to touch the seal of MARY'S virginity, and her fingers were burned by divine fire; but as soon as she touched the Child she was healed, [and her fingers] became as before. By this sign JOSEPH knew that our holy Lady, the Virgin MARY, was the God-bearer.
When HEROD commanded that the children of Bethlehem should be killed, she made the Child and JOSEPH and His mother, the Lady MARY, to take to flight, and she became a participator in the trouble caused by Him, sometimes carrying Him in her arms, and sometimes washing Him; and she ministered unto Him all His days-three and thirty years.
On the day of His Passion she was not separated from Him, and she lamented and wept, and on the day of His Resurrection she saw Him before the Apostles saw Him: And even in the upper chamber of Zion the Holy Spirit came down upon her and the holy women, and she made many to believe on Him in the Faith of our Lord Jesus Christ; and she received from the Jews much derision and much enmity. Salutation to SALOME.
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON
AND THE HOLY GHOST, ONE GOD
On this day is commemorated the consecration of the church of our Lady MARY, the holy Virgin, the God-bearer, which is known as the " Bath " because of the blessed fountain of water which our Lord Jesus Christ made to spring up, when He was there with His mother, the Virgin MARY, at the time of their
return from the country of Egypt. When the angel of God appeared unto the righteous man JOSEPH, in a dream, saying, ., Arise, take the Child and His mother and de part to the land of Egypt," JOSEPH rose up, and took our holy Lady, the Virgin MARY, the God-bearer, and her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and SALOME, the daughter of the sister of our Lady, and they came to the country of Egypt, and to DABRA KUESKUAM, and to the "Two Places." And when they had lived in Egypt for three years and six months, and HEROD was dead, the angel of God appeared to JOSEPH and commanded him to return to Jerusalem. When they were returning, they came to ,the city of MAHARAKA, and thence to MESR (CAIRO), and thence to MATARYA, and [fol. 79a3] thence to the city of the “Bath” (i.e. HELIOPOLIS, or 'A YN ASH-SHEMS, the "Fountain of the Sun”,). And our Lord Jesus Christ made this fountain of water to spring up when He was with His mother, the Virgin MARY, and it existeth to this day. And all men, of every country and of every race, come there, and they intercede with our Lady the holy Virgin MARY, the God-bearer and they receive a blessing from her, and from the blessed fountain of water. Salutation to the consecration of the CHURCH OF MARY, which is built near the fountain made to spring up by thy Son.