Hieromartyr Basil, priest, of Ancyra (363).
Virgin-confessor Drosis of Antioch, daughter of Emperor Trajan, and with her five Virgin-martyrs (ca. 104-117). St. Isaac the Confessor, founder of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople (4th c.). New Confessor Schema-abbess Sophia (Grineva) of Kiev (1941).
Martyrs Callinica and Basilissa, of Rome (2nd c.). St. Paul, bishop of Narbonne, Brittany (3rd c.). New Monk-martyr Euthymius of Demitsana and Mt. Athos, at Constantinople (1814). St. Artemon, bishop of Seleucia (1st c.).
True repentance is impossible without the renewal of a constant petition, invocation, repentant falling, prayer, and supplication to the Heavenly Father. It’s also a sign of the forgiveness of sins—the constant turning of the mind and heart to God.
This means that it is necessary to develop and possess a liturgical concept of the life of the Church, should suddenly society really does encounter a deadly infection, or contamination of territories with poisons, or radiation, without the possibility of evacuation.
Nebuchadnezzar for us today is the Coronavirus. We must tolerate and suffer through it and correct our lives. We must, first of all, pray to God, and repent of our sins, because they are the reason that this spiritual Nebuchadnezzar is taking us prisoner.
As Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine on the God-trodden Mountain of Sinai, and as a Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, many ask me why God allowed this great trial which has deprived us of church attendance and the reception of Holy Communion.
Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world in order to break and uproot people’s faithless belief in evil, and sow in their souls faith in goodness, in the omnipotence of goodness, in the invincibility and infinity of goodness.
With the outbreak of the Coronavirus we hear calls repeatedly from many priests and hierarchs to practice social distancing, avoid attendance at Liturgy, and rely instead on viewing the live-streaming of liturgical services. Is this good advice?
I repeated the prayer as I went—and fear disappeared, and my soul was filled with such peace I had not felt since my illness had begun. I physically felt that as long as I read this prayer the witch was unable to do me any harm and nothing bad would happen to me. I began to repeat it continuously: after waking up, while walking or doing something…