were going to witness for Christ, namely to martyrdom. She did not tell her parents
who were looking for her and found her not. Arriving at Antinoe, she stood before
Kelekyanos the governor (? ). When he looked at her, he was moved to pity because
of her young age and short stature and wanted to release her. When she realized
that he intended to release her, she began to curse his gods with great courage until
he became furious and tormented her cruelly. She was tortured on the wheel and the
metal chair heated with fire. Despite her delicate and youthful body, she did not
spare herself the temporary suffering but rather accepted it gladness and great joy.
When the governor saw her patience and that he could not persuade her to change
her orthodox faith, her ordered the hunters to gather scorpions, snakes, serpents and
many other creeping things. Then to put her with them in a large basket. They tied
her, covered her mouth and placed her inside. Four soldiers carried her to a boat.
They were instructed to sail northward until she dies, then cast her body on shore
and return to Antinoe.
[4] They carried out the orders and for three days and three nights they heard her
praising God. On the forth day, the Lord Christ, glory be to Him, appeared to her
saying: “Peace to you, O martyr virgin saint Mohraeel! Behold, I have brought you to
your father’s house according to my mother’s promise[5] to your father in which she
said: ‘I will send you her body that you may put it in the place you choose.’ The
fragrant oil, which she poured on your head, I will its sweet aroma in your body until
the end of ages of the earth. My peace be with you, I say to you, O my chosen one
Mohraeel. Your name will be known everywhere. Whoever builds a church dedicated
to your name, I will destroy the scroll of his iniquities and forgive his sins. Every
church dedicated to your serves, as he ought to, I will bless him and his entire
house. The servant who serves lazily or refuses to serve in your church, I name, I will
my angels guard it. If the servant of your church (i.e. the priest) will punish with
severe sickness. The priests and the deacons of your church let them be chaste and
blessed fulfilling their prayers lest I destroy them like the sons of Eli the priest
(1Sam 4:21-22). Let all the congregation be pure when they partake of the holy
mysteries. Woe, woe to him who denies his holy baptism. Whoever plants a vineyard
or sows a field calling it by your name, I will bless it. Whoever calls his Children by
your name, I will bless his household. Whoever writes the account of your life and
puts it in a church, I will bless him also and his entire house. Furthermore, I will
write his name in the book of life. Whoever brings an offering to your church, I will
make him be brought into the church of the firstborn. If anyone calls upon Me in your
name while in distress in the desert or wilderness, I will relive him. I will make a tree
to grow by the door of your church, not planted with human hand. Whoever comes to
your church suffering from any kind of illness and kisses your body, will be healed.
Any barren woman who vows in your name, I will answer her request.”
This was what the Lord said to the blessed martyr St.Mohraeel. The soldiers smelled
a sweet fragrance but saw no one. They heard the voice but did not understand the
words[6]. Thus, they were filled with great fear that they became like dead.[7]
After that she gave her spirit and completed her martyrdom receiving the heavenly
crown. They took her out of the basket and buried her there. When her parents
learned about it they came with a large crowd to the place where the body was. They
anointed it for burial and with great honor transferred it to a good place. There, they
built a beautiful church, but kept the reliquary in a hidden place because of the
persecution. At the site, many miracles and wonders took place.
May her blessing be with us all forever Amen.
Hail, I say, to the blessed Mohraeel who completed her martyrdom inside the basket.
The Apparition:
St. Mary and St. Elizabeth (the mother of St. John the Baptist) came to the house of
St.Mohraeel and met with her father Ioannis the priest. The Virgin said to him:”
Ioannis! I came to invite your daughter to the wedding of my son in the city of
Jerusalem, where there is neither hunger nor thirst, no weariness or nakedness.
There, she will be joyful and glad and she will rest with all the saints.” The priest
answered her saying:” How can I do that and deliver my daughter to a far and foreign
country where she will die? How can I let her body be buried far away from us and I
have heard in the scriptures that Jacob when he was dying, called Joseph his son and
said to him: "Know my son that when I knew that you were still alive I left the land
of my fathers and came to Egypt that I may see you. But now, my son, know that the
Lord takes me unto Himself...when I die, carry me to the land of my fathers and bury
me in the tomb which my father Abraham bought and in which he was buried with
Sarah and Isaac and Rebecca my mother."(Gen. 49:50)...Also Joseph became the king
of Egypt, had a wife and begot children and received honor and glory. But, when he
was about to die, he called his brothers and said to them: ‘The Lord is taking me to
Himself. Afterward, the Lord will visit you and bring you out of Egypt and will bring
you back to the land of your fathers. When you go out, take my bones with you.’
Thus, if the king said that to his brothers and chose not to have his bones in a
foreign land though it was his kingdom, how can I do that to my daughter whom the
Lord granted me after many supplications and continuous entreaties day and night?
How can I let her body be buried in that place away from her fathers’ bodies?”
The Virgin said to him: “ As the Lord, God the Pantocrator, lives, when she dies, I
will bring her to you that you may keep her (bury her) in the place you choose.”  
Filled with the Holy Spirit, he said: “Let it be according to God’s will, for every place
under the sun is the Lord’s. Grace is bestowed on every place where the orthodox
churches are, where incense and prayers are offered in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ.” Then, the Virgin took out a flask of fragrant oil and poured it on the head of
the virgin Mohraeel saying: “I have anointed you with the oil, the pledge, of the Holy
Spirit until the wedding day. I will come to take you to my city Jerusalem and put on
you the crown with your Bridegroom in the kingdom of heaven. The Lord will give you
the spiritual korban (the Eucharist) in the church of the firstborn in heaven. The
virgin, St. Elizabeth and St. Thecla the martyr departed to Alexandria.
Since that day, the blessed Mohraeel never slept on a bed neither ate before sunset.
Her food was bread and salt. In chastity and meekness she walked everyday, praying
to God day and night until the day she went out of her father’s house and confessed
the name of Christ.
[1] In the third-forth century the 14th of Tobi corresponded to the 9th of Jan, but
now it falls on Jan 22. She was martyred on Jan 9, 304 AD
[2] It means full of  (literally to fill with) God’s peace.
[3] Tamoh : 20km south of Cairo, on the west bank of the river, opposite El-Maadi
and Torah.
[4] From this paragraph : is taken from the detailed  manuscript of her life.
[5] The apparition of St Mary and St. Elizabeth to Ioannis the priest is mentioned at
the end.
[6] the speech was in the Coptic language and perhaps the soldiers were Romans
and did not speak Coptic !
[7] This is the end of the section taken from the detailed manuscript.
A brief account of the life of St. Mohraeel [2]the
virgin martyr, according to the old Coptic No.220,
year 155, day 14 Tubeh.
On this day is the commemoration of the
martyrdom of St.Mohraeel the bride of Christ, who
was from Tamoh[3]. She was born to Christian
God-fearing parents. Her father was a priest
named Ioannis and her mother Ilaria had no
children and sorrowfully were asking God for an
offspring. After a long time He granted them this
fair daughter Mohraeel. At the age of twelve she
began to perform many signs and wonders through
the Holy Spirit dwelling in her. When Diocletian the
hypocrite king reigned and began to persecute the
Christians, she went out to the river bank and
finding a boat, she went aboard along with all who
St Mohraeel the Martyr
Lives of the Saints