The Holy Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius, and Agathadorus (4th c.).
St. Paul the Simple, of Egypt (4th c.). St. Paul the Confessor, bishop of Plousias in Bithynia (9th c.). St. Emilian, monk, of Rome (6th c.).
New Hieromartyr Nilus (Tyutyukin), hieromonk of St. Joseph of Volokolamsk Monastery (1938).
Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Surety of Sinners” (Moscow) (1848)
Sts. Nestor and Arcadius, bishops of Tremithus (4th c.). St. Ephraim, patriarch of Antioch (546). St. Lawrence, founder of the monastery of the Mother of God on Salamis (1707). St. Dandus and All Saints of Thrace. Martyrs Codratus, Saturninus, and Rufinus, of Nicomedia (250-259) (Gr. Cal).
Repose of Schemamonk Sisoes of Valaam (1931).
The First Sunday of Lent. [Heb. 11:24–26,
32–12:2; John 1:43–51]
The Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Do not forget the right word
which you spoke to God, renewing your testament with
Him which you broke through your negligence. Remember
how and why you broke it and try to avoid being
unfaithful again. Pretty words are not glorious;
faithfulness is glorious. Is it not glorious to have a
testament with a king? How much more glorious is it to
have a testament with the King of kings! But this glory
becomes your disgrace if you are not faithful to this
testament. How many great people have been glorified
since the beginning of the world! And all of them have
been glorified for their faithfulness, in which they
stood firm, regardless of great misfortunes and sorrows
as a result of this faithfulness. They had trial of
cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds
and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn
asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they
wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being
destitute, afflicted, tormented; Of whom the world was
not worthy: they wandered in deserts, and in mountains,
and in dens and caves of the earth…. Wherefore,
seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us run with patience the race that is
set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and
finisher of our faith (Heb. 11:36–38;
The first Sunday of Great Lent is called “The
Sunday of Orthodoxy,” and celebrates the
restoration of the veneration of Icons and the victory
of Orthodoxy over the Iconoclast heresy.
“The right word” is a reference to the
meaning of the word “Orthodox” in Russian,
which is literally “rightly glorifying.”