Hieromartyr Charalampus, bishop of Magnesia in Asia Minor, and Martyrs Porphyrius and Baptus (202).
Martyrs Ennatha, Valentina, and Paula, of Palestine (308). St. Anna of Novgorod (1050). St. Prochorus of the Kiev Caves (1107). St. Longinus, founder of Koryazhemka Monastery (Vologda) (1540). St. Raphael, archimandrite (1765), and St. Ioannicius, hieromonk (1882), of Svatogorsk Monastery.
“Areovindus” (“Fiery Vision”) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
St. Scholastica of Italy (543), sister of St. Benedict of Nursia. St. Anastasius II, patriarch of Jerusalem (706). St. John Chimchimeli of Bachkovo and Gremi (13th c.).
Monday (1st Week of Lent).
“Lent has come, O mother of chastity.” What
was the time before this day? A time of
The soul fornicated with all that struck its eye as
pleasant—both with people and with things: more
fully, with sinful passions. Everyone has his passion
which he pleases in all he does. It is time to put an
end to this. May each of you comprehend your Delilah,
who binds you and hands you over to evil enemies, and
abandon her. Then you will be given more than Samson:
not only shall your hair grow, but so also shall good
thoughts; and not only shall your strength return, but
so also your strength of will. Your eyes shall also
open, your mind shall have sight and it shall see the
Lord, yourself, and everything around you in the proper
light. This is the favourable time! This is the day of
“A time of fornication.” Fornication here
has a double meaning in Russian, both of fornication