We recall the story of St. Mary on a certain day in Great Lent, by reading her remarkable story aloud. When and in which service? What are other distinctives of this service?
Who wrote the life of St. Mary of Egypt? How did it make its way so firmly into the mind of the church?
Who are the main characters in the story of St. Mary of Egypt? Somewhat trivially, who are incidental characters?
What were the events that led up to Abba Zosimas meeting St. Mary? Where did he meet her?
Describe the first meeting between Abba Zosimas and St. Mary. What things did St. Mary do or say that proved to Abba Zosimas that she was blessed?
St. Mary was forced by the Abba to tell her story to him. Summarize it.
St. Mary's difficulties in the desert are extremely instructive for us. Her repentance was fervent and real, and yet she still had terrible struggles with demonic attacks. How long did these attacks last? What was their nature?
How old was St. Mary when she died?
Describe the second meeting between St. Zosimas and St. Mary. What instructions did she give him? What marvelous miracle occurred? What did Abba Zosimas reproach himself for?
Describe the burial of St. Mary.
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