ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2015
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4th Week of Great Lent. Tone 7.
Великий пост.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Gerasimus of the Jordan (451). St. Gerasimus of Vologda, founder of the Holy Trinity Monastery (1178). St. Daniel, great prince of Moscow (1303).

Martyrs Paul and his sister Juliana, and Quadratus, Acacius, and Stratonicus, at Ptolemais in Syria (ca. 273). St. James the Faster, of Phoenicia (Syria) (6th c.). Translation of the relics of Martyr Wenceslaus (Vyacheslav), prince of the Czechs (929-935). Blessed Basil (Vasilko), prince of Rostov (1238). Saints of Pskov martyred by the Latins: St. Ioasaph of Snetogorsk Monastery and St. Basil of Mirozh Monastery (1299). St. Gregory, bishop of Constantia on Cyprus.

New Hieromartyrs Archpriest Dimitry Ivanov of Kiev (1933) and Priest Vyacheslav Leontiev of Nizhegorod (1937).

St. Julian, bishop of Alexandria (189). St. Gregory, bishop of Assos near Ephesus (1150). New Martyr John of al-Sindiyana (Palestine) (1937).

Repose of Schemamonk Mark of Glinsk Hermitage (1893) and Schemanun Agnia (Starodubtseva), eldress, of Karaganda (1976).

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse


Baptism according to Apostle Peter is the answer of a good conscience toward God (I Pet. 3:21).[1] He who has been baptized gives a vow to live the rest of his time according to a pure conscience, according to the whole breadth of the Lord’s commandments, accepted in his conscience. Moral purity is a characteristic of one who is baptized. The Apostle Paul compares the brightness of this life with the brightness of the resurrected Lord. That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4). In baptism, the old sin-loving man dies and a new man arises, zealous to do good works. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves, ye who are baptized, to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you (Rom. 6:11–14).

[1]The Slavonic for I Pet. 3:21 reads: the promise of a good conscience toward God