Each 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.
On 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.
On the coast of Palma de Mallorca
On the 15th of December, Manichaeans will be commemorating
the memory of Saint Priscillian, a Martyr in Spain.
According to a Dictionary of Gnosticism* by Andrew P. Smith, Priscillian was a bishop in Spain and “the first person in the history of Christianity to be executed for heresy.” We know he was a bishop around 380 CE/AD in Avila.
On 30 March, Manichaean Communities throughout the world will be commemorating the memory of Saints Jacob and Hanna Krause. Jacob and Hanna were a Manichaean couple from Germany. Brother Jacob and his wife were instrumental in the establishment of the Old Order Manichaeans in the early 1950s.