Serapion of Thmuis

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Abba Serapion of Thmuis or Serapion of Nitria was one of the Desert Fathers quoted in the Apophthegmata Patrum (Sayings of the Desert Fathers).


Ward, Benedicta (1984). The sayings of the Desert Fathers: the alphabetical collection. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications.
  • A brother said to Abba Serapion, 'Give me a word.' The old man said to him, 'What shall I say to you? You have taken the living of the widows and orphans and put it on your shelves.' For he saw them full of books.
    • Saying 2

  • Abba Serapion said, 'When the soldiers of the emperor are standing at attention, they cannot look to the right or left; it is the same for the man who stands before God and looks towards him in fear at all times; he cannot then fear anything from the enemy.'
    • Saying 3

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