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September 4

Saint of the day:
Prophet Moses

The Story of Prophet Moses


Moses (/ˈmoʊzɪz, -zɪs/) was a prophet in the Abrahamic religions. According to the Hebrew Bible, he was adopted by an Egyptian princess, and later in life became the leader of the Israelites and lawgiver, to whom the authorship of the Torah, or acquisition of the Torah from Heaven is traditionally attributed. Also called Moshe Rabbenu in Hebrew (מֹשֶׁה רַבֵּנוּ, lit. "Moses our Teacher"), he is the most important prophet in Judaism .He is also an important prophet in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, and a number of other Abrahamic religions.

According to the Book of Exodus, Moses was born in a time when his people, the Israelites, an enslaved minority, were increasing in numbers and the Egyptian Pharaoh was worried that they might ally themselves with Egypt's enemies. Moses' Hebrew mother, Jochebed, secretly hid him when the Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed in order to reduce the population of the Israelites. Through the Pharaoh's daughter (identified as Queen Bithia in the Midrash), the child was adopted as a foundling from the Nile river and grew up with the Egyptian royal family. After killing an Egyptian slave master (because the slave master was smiting a Hebrew), Moses fled across the Red Sea to Midian, where he encountered The Angel of the Lord, speaking to him from within a burning bush on Mount Horeb (which he regarded as the Mountain of God).

God sent Moses back to Egypt to demand the release of the Israelites from slavery. Moses said that he could not speak eloquently, so God allowed Aaron, his brother, to become his spokesperson. After the Ten Plagues, Moses led the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea, after which they based themselves at Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments. After 40 years of wandering in the desert, Moses died within sight of the Promised Land on Mount Nebo.

Scholarly consensus sees Moses as a legendary figure and not a historical person. Rabbinic Judaism calculated a lifespan of Moses corresponding to 1391–1271 BCE; Jerome gives 1592 BCE, and James Ussher 1571 BCE as his birth year. In Book of Deuteronomy, Moses was mentioned as "the man of God."




Mt. Nebo, Jordan

Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, are a set of biblical laws relating to ethics and worship, which play a fundamental role in Judaism and Christianity. The commandments include instructions to worship only God, to honor one's parents, and to keep the sabbath, as well as prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, theft, dishonesty, and coveting. Different religious groups follow different traditions for interpreting and numbering them.

The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Hebrew Bible, in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Modern scholarship has found likely influences in Hittite and Mesopotamian laws and treaties, but is divided over exactly when the Ten Commandments were written and who wrote them.


Ark of the Covenant


The Ark of the Covenant (Hebrew: אָרוֹן הַבְּרִית‬, Modern Arōn Ha'brēt, Tiberian ʾĀrôn Habbərîṯ), also known as the Ark of the Testimony, is a gold-covered wooden chest with lid cover described in the Book of Exodus as containing the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. According to various texts within the Hebrew Bible, it also contained Aaron's rod and a pot of manna. Hebrews 9:4 describes: "The ark of the covenant [was] covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron's rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant."

The biblical account relates that, approximately one year after the Israelites' exodus from Egypt, the Ark was created according to the pattern given to Moses by God when the Israelites were encamped at the foot of biblical Mount Sinai. Thereafter, the gold-plated acacia chest was carried by its staves while en route by the Levites approximately 2,000 cubits (approximately 800 meters or 2,600 feet) in advance of the people when on the march or before the Israelite army, the host of fighting men. When carried, the Ark was always hidden under a large veil made of skins and blue cloth, always carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the priests and the Levites who carried it. God was said to have spoken with Moses "from between the two cherubim" on the Ark's cover. When at rest the tabernacle was set up and the holy Ark was placed under the veil of the covering, the staves of it crossing the middle side bars to hold it up off the ground.
church of our lady mary of zion in ethiopia

The New Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

Holy Eucharist Table, New Church of St. Mary of Zion


St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai

holds the burning bush at which Moses was appointed by Yahweh (God) to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into Canaan.




We are celebrating with a Middle Eastern recipe because Moses had ties to Jordan.


MAQLUBA - Up side down Chicken & Rice


  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 whole chicken, cut in ⅛ths

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon baharat (spice mix) or curry spice blend

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 small eggplant, sliced (salted and rinsed)

  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 1½ cups raw rice

  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

  • Lemon wedges


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven lightly coated with evoo and over medium-high heat, brown chicken, skin side down until caramelized and crispy. Transfer chicken to a platter.

  2. Add onion, spices, eggplant and cauliflower to the pan. Be sure to season vegetables with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are lightly browned and caramelized.

  3. Add chicken back to the pan, trying to push chicken down to the bottom of the pan with vegetables on top.

  4. Place rice over the vegetables, then cover with broth. Cover the pot and cook on low for about 40 minutes.

  5. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.

  6. Place a large plate on top of the pot and turn it upside down. Remove pot and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and cilantro. Serve with lemon wedges. 

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