Saint Zosimas, who buried Saint Mary of Egypt

Feast Day: April 4th


The Life of Saint Zosimas: While wandering in the desert at this time he met Saint Mary, who told him her life story as a Confession and asked him to meet her the next year on Holy Thursday on the banks of the Jordan, in order to bring her Holy Communion…

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Prayers

Akathist Hymn to Saint Zosimas and Saint Mary of Egypt

Apolytikion: Let us the faithful praise Zosimas the offspring of the wilderness, the Angel in the flesh and the boast of Monastics. With him, let us acclaim Holy Mary of Egypt whose life transcended the limits of nature. Together, let us cry to them: Glory to Him Who strengthened you! Glory to Him Who Sanctified you! Glory to Him Who through you works healing for all.

Kontakion: Let us all praise the Venerable Zosimas, the boast of Monastics, and with him, Mary who in the desert lived the Angelic life. Let us cry to them in faith: deliver from harm and corrupting passions, those who celebrate your radiant Memory.


Saint Zosimas had the great Blessing of meeting Saint Mary of Egypt and to hear of her Ascetic life of repentance. He also ministered to her the Most Precious Body and Blood of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, and he buried her Holy Body with the assistance of a nearby lion. It is because of Saint Zosimas that God brought to light the life of the Holy Virgin Ascetic of Repentance, our most dear Saint Mary of Egypt.

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“Abba Zosimas fell to the ground and asked for her blessing. She also bowed down before him, and for a long time they remained on the ground each asking the other to bless.”

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“On Great and Holy Thursday, the day of the Lord’s Last Supper, place the Life-Creating Body and Blood of Christ our God in a Holy Vessel, and bring it to me. Await me on this side of the Jordan, at the edge of the desert, so that I may receive the Holy Mysteries.”

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“For a long while he wept over her and sang the customary Psalms, and said the Funeral Prayers. He began to wonder whether the Saint would want him to bury her or not. Hardly had he thought this, when he saw something written on the ground near her head: ‘Abba Zosimas, bury on this spot the body of humble Mary. Return to dust what is dust. Pray to the Lord for me. I reposed on the first day of April, on the very night of the Saving Passion of Christ, after partaking of the Mystical Supper.'”

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