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Manichaean Calendar for March 2016

“From time to time Wisdom and the Pure Teaching have always been brought to mankind by Messengers of God…. Apostles and Messengers have I sent out to all the lands.” (Gospel of Mar Mani 30:1; 36:7)

(Verses are linked to the Holy Book or commentaries when available)

1 March, Tuesday
Emanations, Light of Karuzuta, Mar Shimon-Kephas
Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 64

2 March, Wednesday
St. Darius of Spain
Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 65
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Saint Darius of Spain

Photo by FoeNyx, Creative Commons LicenseEach year, our brethren in the East, specifically within the Manichaean Church in the East, commemorate the memory of St. Darius of Spain, also known as “St. Darius the Hermit.” This year, the Mother Church in Iran encouraged brethren in the West, to commemorate this and three other saints beginning this year.

St. Darius was a Hearer and hermit who resided in the north-eastern region of Spain, where he occupied a very small, one room home. He was under the spiritual guidance of Mar Marcus of Memphis, circa 400 C.E. His days were filled with incessant prayer, the copying of Scriptures and epistles, and helping other Manichaeans in Spain and France during perilous times. Many would visit Darius at his humble hermitage, under the cover of darkness, to receive the blessing of his knowledge of the holy texts. Although he had very little food of his own, he would share whatever he had with any of his brethren who would visit.
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Commemoration of St. Luke

Brooklyn_Museum_-_Saint_Luke_(Saint_Luc)_-_James_TissotOn 18 February, we commemorate the memory of St. Luke (Mar Lucas). This is Mar Lucas, one of the twelve original Apostles of Yisho Mashikha. Most know St. Luke as the author of one of the four Gospels in the Peshitta.

All spiritual communities within the Religion of Light commemorate St. Luke, although on various days in the year.
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