Mor Bosus & Mort Shoshan Syriac Orthodox Monastery in Hedil
ܕܝܪܐ ܕܣܗܕܐ ܩܕܝܫܐ ܡܪܝ ܒܣܘܣ ܇ ܚܝܕܠ܇ ܒܝܬܙܒܕܝ܇ ܛܘܪܥܒܕܝܢ
دير الشهيد القديس مار باسوس في قرية حدل - بيث زبداي
May 11th according to the Liturgical Calendar of the Syriac Orthodox Church, the faithful commemorate the martyrdom of St. Mor Bosus & his sister St. Mort Shoushan +388, along with their teacher St. Stephanos, and St. Lewangina their babtist, & the 11,000 martyrs in (Roghulo dGihano) of the villages of Beth Zabday.
Mor Bosous & Mort Shoushan were twins who were the children of Aba Zarid the governor of Beth-Zabday region (Idil District of Sirnak province in modern day Turkey). Aba Zarid was a pagan and a persecutor of Christians in the fourth centurey. In the palace of Aba Zarid were lived a Christian servant named Stephen. He secretly taught the siblings about Christ and guided them to become faithful Christians.
Once when their father Aba Zarid was away on a trip, the siblings secretly received baptism from a Christian hermit named Lewangina from a nearby village (Mir Kafshen, in his cave between Hedel, Fil or Firin and Esfes). When their father returned, he made them to worship & serve offering to the pagan idols. However, the two of them refused and left to Fil village. Their father was furious, but gave them time to forget Christ and return. The siblings would never leave Christianity, they escaped from Fil and headed to the village of Hedil. Furious, their father Aba Zarid chased them till the rocks of Hedil. He first slaughtered his daughter Susan (Mort Shoshan) who there gained the crown of martyrdom. At the site where her blood flowed, a giant tree grew and it still exists today. Aba Zarid then murdered his son Bosous (Mar Basous) by the rocks. The village of Kefshenne (which means big rock Kef Sheno) gets its name from the site of their martyrdom.
Seeing his children steadfast in their faith in Christ, Aba Zarid became even more enraged & spiteful towards Christians. On the same day, he ordered the mass slaughter of 11,000 Christian faithful in the valley of Roghulo ďGyhano. He also executed his servant Stephen the teacher of Christianity & Lewangina from whom the siblings received baptism.
At the site of the martyrdom of Mor Bosus and Mort Shusan, a monastery (Dayro d-Mor Bosous) was built by the christians of Hedel village of Turabdin and Bethzabday area, which still stands today in Hedil.
Today there are not many Syriacs in Hedil. However, every year on May 11th, the faithful from nearby Miden town and other Syriac orthodox villages in Turabdin come by foot to the Monastery to celebrate the feast of Mor Bosus and Mort Shushan along with the other martyrs of Beth Zabday region.
Many miracles are attributed to the intercession of Mor Bosus and his sister Mort Shushan. The Monastery of Mor Bosus gave the Syriac Orthodox Church many saints, monks and prelates. Notable among them is the thrice blessed late Patriarch HH Mor Ignatius Behnam Hedloyo (from Hedil/Hedel) of blessed memory who shepherded the Holy Church from 1445-1454 AD. Monk Dayroyo Dawod Tur-abdinoyo one of the monks of the monastery of Mor Bosous in Hedel in 478, who brought the Girdle of St. Mary (Zunoro d-Yoldath Aloho) to Homs also hailed from the Monastery of saint Mor Bosus of Hedel.
Biography courtesy Kefshenne our village ܟܦܫܢܐ ܩܪܝܬ̥ܐ ܕܝܠܢ كفشننة page, adapted from the English translation by m'shamshono Fadi Gorgees
Oh Mor Bosus & Mort Shushan, along with Mor Stephanus, Mor Lewangina and the 11, 000 martyrs of Beth Zabday plead for us before God's throne of grace! May the cries of the Holy Martyrs be a refuge for us all. Amen.