[[Image:StBishoy.jpg|thumb|Coptic icon of St. Bishoy (320-417 A.D.)]] '''St. Bishoy''' (320-417 A.D.), the great Egyptian desert father who saw our Lord Jesus Christ and whose incorrupt body is preserved to this day at the [[Church of Alexandria (Coptic)|Coptic Orthodox]] monastery bearing his name at Wadi El-Natroun, Egypt, was known for his love, meekness, simplicity, and his extremely ascetic and prayerful life.
In one of those visions Emperor Constantine said, "Had I known how great is the honor of monks, I would have abandoned my kingdom and became a monk." St. Bishoy told him, "You have banished the heathen worship and exalted Christianity, and has not Christ given you anything?" Emperor Constantine answered him, "The Lord has given me many gifts, but none of them is like the honor of the monks."
[[Image:StBishoy-2.jpg|thumb|Coptic icon of Abba Bishoy washing the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ]] It is said that because of St. Bishoy's love for God and his desire to be with Him always, he used to tie his
hand with a rope to the ceiling of his cell in order to resist sleeping during his night prayers. St. Bishoy struggled in much asceticism and many worships that made him worthy to see the Lord [[Jesus Christ]].
We are told that Saint Bishoy
met our Lord Jesus Christ on several occasions. On one such occasion, he carried Our Lord, Who met him as an old man on his way, and that it is for this reason that his body remains incorrupt to this day. Saint Bishoy is also said to have washed the feet of the Lord, Who visited him as a poor stranger.
Also during his days, an ascetic old man appeared in the mountain of Ansena, who was reputed for his righteousness and to whom many people gathered. But he deviated from the true faith and the devil lead him astray. He taught that there is no [[Holy Spirit]], and many were deceived by his sayings. Anba Bishoy heard about him, and he went to him and he had with him a weaved basket with three ears. When he visited the old man and his followers, they asked him about the reason for making three ears for the basket. He answered, "I have a Trinity, and everything I do, is like the Trinity." They said to him, "Then, Is there a thing called the Holy Spirit?" Then he started to explain to them from the Holy Scriptures, from the Old and New Testaments. He indicated to them that the Holy Spirit is One of the three Persons of the Trinity. He convinced them, and they returned to the true faith. Then he returned to his monastery in the wilderness of Scete.
Image: StBishoyIncorruptRelics. jpg|thumb| The incorrupt body of St. Bishoy in the main church of the monastery bearing his name in Wadi -El -Natroun, Egypt]] In 407/408 A.D., when the Berbers invaded the wilderness, he left it and dwelt on Mount Ansena, where he departed. He met St. [[Paul of Tammah]] in Antinoopolis, near the present-day town of Mallawi (currently known as 'Deir-El-Barsha'). Their love for each other was such that God promised them that they would never be parted. After the time of persecution had ended, they brought his body with the body of St. Paul of Tamouh to his monastery in the wilderness of Shiheet. The incorrupt body of St. Bishoy and the relics of St. Paul still lie together in the main church of the [http://www.stmarycoptorthodox.org/deir_anba_bishoy.htm Coptic Orthodox Monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi-El-Natroun ] until this day.
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