Saint Mohrael is a Coptic Saint and Martyr. She was martyred in the 4th century AD at the age of 12 years.
The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is an Oriental Orthodox Christian church based in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East. The head of the Church and the See of Alexandria is the Patriarch of Alexandria on the Holy See of Saint Mark, who also carries the title of Coptic Pope. The See of Alexandria is titular, and today the Coptic Pope presides from Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the Abbassia District in Cairo. The church follows the Alexandrian Rite for its liturgy, prayer and devotional patrimony. With 20–25 million members worldwide, whereof about 18 to 22 million are in Egypt, it is the country's largest Christian church.
A saint is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness or closeness to God. However, the use of the term "saint" depends on the context and denomination. In Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Oriental Orthodox, and Lutheran doctrine, all of their faithful deceased in Heaven are considered to be saints, but some are considered worthy of greater honor or emulation; official ecclesiastical recognition, and consequently veneration, is given to some saints through the process of canonization in the Catholic Church or glorification in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
A martyr is someone who suffers persecution and death for advocating, renouncing, refusing to renounce, or refusing to advocate a belief or cause as demanded by an external party. In the martyrdom narrative of the remembering community, this refusal to comply with the presented demands results in the punishment or execution of an actor by an alledged oppressor. Accordingly, the status of the 'martyr' can be considered a posthumous title as a reward for those who are considered worthy of the concept of martyrdom by the living, regardless of any attempts by the deceased to control how they will be remembered in advance. Originally applied only to those who suffered for their religious beliefs, the term has come to be used in connection with people killed for a political cause.
St. Mohrael came from a pious family. Abbouna Yoannis (a priest) was her father and Illaria was her mother. The Bishop of Menf in Egypt, prophesied the birth and martyrdom of Mohrael and her younger brother Abba Hor.
Illaria's daughter Mohrael was born, after a period of barrenness, in the year 291 AD in a suburb of what is now Cairo during the reign of Diocletian.
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She lived as an ascetic in her father's house and God granted her many gifts. At the age of 12, she received the gift of healing.
Abbouna Yoannis had a visitation by St. Mary and St. Elizabeth in which they called his daughter to martyrdom. Upon Abbouna Yoannis request St. Mary promised to return his daughter's body and St. Mary added that in Tamou a Church will be built for Mohrael.
St. Mohrael went to the sea shore to fill water as was her custom (St. Mohrael icon shows this scene). She was taken on a boat of Christians going to be martyred.
She was persecuted by many cruel devices of metal and also with fire. At last she was put in a boat with venomous reptiles and arachnids. St. Mohrael endured for three days and then she went to be with the Lord. The place where her martyrdom took place was in upper Egypt.
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During Mohrael's burial lots of miracles took place. One being that a beam of light went forth from her mouth.
A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or scientific laws. Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being, magic, a miracle worker, a saint, or a religious leader.
Before she was martyred Jesus appeared to her and promised that whoever mentions her name or intercedes through her that God would answer his/her requests because she accepted suffering with great joy and patience and that whoever calls his daughter after you then I will bless that house. Whoever writes your life story I will write his name in the book of life. Whoever takes care of your church, her servants and so on... then I will give him/her a place in heaven. Jesus also gave her many other promises, for her and for those who would take care of her story, her picture and so on....
The Coptic orthodox Church of Egypt has two celebrations for St. Mohrael. One is the consecration of her Church on (22 Mesra, in the coptic calendar) or (Aug 28). The other celebration is for her martyrdom on (14 tubah, in the coptic calendar) or (Jan 22).
Since 1996/8/18 A.D. in a Monastery close to Saint Mohrael's birthplace there is a Chapel for Saint Mohrael. The Monastery is that of Saints Cosmas and Damian at Manyal Shihet in Giza on Hawamdeya Road.
In Al Kiraza journal - Issue dd. 30/1/1998, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria published the news of an extensive meeting that was held, concerning this Saint, mentioning that she is a martyr and that she had a church in her name. Shenouda gave permission that anniversaries are to be held for her and nuns are to be ordained in her name in several convents.
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