Go away, Ethiopian!

The elders said about abba Moses that he had become cleric and they gave him an epitrachelion.

The archbishop told him:

`Look, you became completely white, abba Moses!`

The monk answered him:

`On the outside, your holiness, or on the inside?`

The archbishop wanting to try him, told his clerics:

`When abba Moses comes into the altar, send him away and listen to see what he will tell you.`

So abba Moses antered and they admonished him and sent him away telling him :

`Go away, Ethiopian!`

He went out saying to himself:

`It`s good what they did to you, black man with dark skin. If you are not human, why are you coming among people?`

Excerpt from the Egyptian Patericon– Abba Moses the Arab.

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