Saint Mary of Egypt, Our Venerable Mother

Feast Day: April 1st & the 5th Sunday of Lent

The Life of Saint Mary of Egypt: Sighing from the depths of my heart, I saw above me an Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. Turning to her, I Prayed: “O Lady Virgin…”



Akathist Hymn to Saint Mary of Egypt

Akathist Hymn to Saint Mary of Egypt and Saint Zosimas

Apolytikion: In thee the Image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the Soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O Righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

Kontakion: Having escaped the fog of sin, and having illumined thy heart with the light of penitence O glorious one, thou didst come to Christ and did offer to Him His Immaculate and Holy Mother as a merciful intercessor. Hence, thou wast found remission of transgressions and with the Angels thou dost ever rejoice.

Apolytikion: Enlightened by the Grace of the Cross, thou wast seen to be a bright light of repentance, dispelling the darkness of passions, O all Holy one. Thou didst appear as an Angel in the flesh to Holy Zosimas in the wilderness. Intercede with Christ for us, O Mary our Venerable Mother.

Kontakion: Having been a sinful woman, you became through repentance a Bride of Christ. Having attained Angelic life, you defeated demons with the weapon of the Cross; therefore, O most glorious Mary you are a Bride of the Kingdom.

An Ode from The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete: Venerable Mother Mary, Pray to God for us. Offer thy fervent supplications to the compassionate Mother of God, O Venerable Mary, and through thine intercessions open unto me the door that leads to God.


Having escaped the fog of sin and having illumined thy heart with the light of penitence…



Below are two Icons of Saint Mary of Egypt and Saint Alexis the Man of God.