WASHING THE MASTER'S FEET
One of the virtues in which the great Saint excelled was his hospitality towards strangers. One day he noticed a man walking far off and immediately he went towards him and insisted that he come in to rest his feet. He brought him into his cell and brought water to wash his feet. The "stranger" spoke and Pishoi was filled with awe, "My chosen one Pishoi, thou blessed old man" said the "stranger" and Pishoi prostrated himself before the Lord. Abba Pishoi washed the feet of the Lord then the Lord departed from him. He drank the water but kept a little for his disciple. When the disciple came, Abba Pishoi told him to drink of the water but he would not. But when he saw that the Saint was not pleased with him he finally went to the pot but the water was gone. He came and prostrated himself
before Abba Pishoi asking him the truth about the water . The Saint told him and he cried bitterly realizing that he was punished for his disobedience.
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
In the year 408 A.D. hordes of the "Berber" attacked the monastries in Scetis devastating the place and killing many of the monks. Saint John the Dwarf came to his friend Pishoi and told him: "my brother, the Berber are coming, and although I am not afraid to die, yet I donot wish that one of them would go to Hell because of killing me, so I am thinking of going into Egypt. Abba Pishoi was
pleased with his friends' discernment and decided to go with him. They both departed from scetis into the Valley of the Nile. Saint John the Dwarf into the Monastry of Saint Anthony and his friend Abba Pishoi settled in upper Egypt in the town of Ansana. There, Abba Pishoi met another monk who was to become a companion and a friend to the old man. This monk was no other than Saint
Paul of Tamouh. They visited each other frequently, prayed often together and encouraged each other. Because they loved each other, it was revealed to Abba Pishoi that their bodies shall be Many years passed, and Abba Pishoi was close to a hundred years old, and the Lord recalled to Him his chosen one. Abba Pishoi gave up the Ghost in Ansana on July 15, 417 A.D. The brethren layed his body to rest with great honour, as befits a great Saint of the Church. He was burried just outside Ansana. Three months Later, his friend Abba Paul of Tamouh also reposed in the Lord and was burried beside his friend Abba Pishoi.
At a later date, a Monastry bearing the name of the Saint was established in Ansana, and the Monks wanted to transfere the body of Abba Pishoi into the Monastry. So, they brought the body into a boat to transfere it there, but the boat would not move for two days. Now there happened to live in that area an old monk full of the Holy Spirit, and the name of the monk was Armanius. This monk was moved by the spirit to reveal to the brethren that the Lord has promised the two Saints that their bodies shall be together. Immediately the brethren brought the body of Saint Paul of Tamouh and the boat smoothly glided to its destination. The two bodies were put in one Coffin and remained in that monastry till 842 A.D. During that time, miracles of cure were widely reported all the time.
THE RETURN TO SCETIS
During the Papacy of Abba Yousab, the 52nd Pope of Alexandria, the Church lived in relative peace. The Pope made a visit to the Monastries of Scetic during Easter. while there, the monks asked the Pope to help them bring bck the body of their blessed father Abba Pishoi, into the place where he lived, and taught. So, the Pope wrote two letters, one to Abba Youannis Bishop of Ansana, and one
adressed to the people of Ansana so that they hinder not the transfere of the body. As soon as the messages of Pope Yousab were received, the monks carrying the messages were lead into the Monastry were the bodies were kept (about one mile south of the Town). The bodies of both Abba Pishoi and Abba Paul of Tamouh were then transferred into a new coffin and taken to the house of
Abba Youannis the Bishop, until a boat was found to transport the bodies to Babylon (Old Cairo). From there, the bodies were carried on a donkey into the holy wilderness of Scetis. On arrival, the monks went out to meet the bodies carrying palm leaves and olive branches, with censors and candle
tapers. The monks spent the whole night singing praises to the Lord. This historical day was the fourth day of the blessed month of Kiahk in the year 558 A.M. according to the coptic Calendar.
May their holy blessings be with us. Amen.