Deir el-Muqalik - THEOCTISTUS


In the same year <an uncertain year between 431 and 451> a drought oppressed the earth. The blessed Theoctistus and the fathers of Euthymius’ laura were in great distress, for the cisterns (of the two monasteries) had not received any water … <The monks and the villagers from the nearby villages beg Euthymius to pray for rain. Following the holy man’s prayer a heavy storm pours down: on account of the furious rain Euthymius is forced to put off his customary going out into the desert, on January 14.

(transl. Leah Di Segni)

On the water supply of the monastery.