Martyr Sabinas of Hermopolis, Egypt (287). Martyr Papas of Lycaonia (305-311).
Apostle Aristobulus of the Seventy, bishop of Britain (1st c.). Hieromartyr Alexander, pope of Rome (119). Martyr Julian of Anazarbus (4th c.). St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516). Hieromartyrs Trophimus and Thalus, priests, of Laodicea (ca. 300). St. Pimen, fool-for-Christ, enlightener of the Dagestani, and his companion Anthony of Meskhi, Georgia (13th c.). St. Serapion, archbishop of Novgorod (1516). St. Ambrose (Khelaia) the Confessor, catholicos of Georgia (1927). St. Eutropia of Kherson (1968).
St. Abban of Kilabban (Ireland) (650). Martyr Romanus at Parium on the Hellespont. St. Christodulus, wonderworker, of Patmos (1093). New Monk-martyr Malachi of Rhodes, at Jerusalem (1500).
Word—hath builded her house—the holy
Church—and in it she hath furnished her
table, the word of God and the holy Mysteries,
especially the Mystery of the Body and Blood. And she
hath sent forth her maidens, the holy apostles and
their successors, to call everyone to herself for the
supper (Prov. 9:1–8). Many have already been called,
but the calling still continues. So let the whole house be
filled. The feast continues unceasingly. Glory be to God,
Who is so merciful toward us. Let us all go! Let us enter
in, let nobody remain outside the door. During these days
of Lent the calling is particularly intensified, and the
feast is particularly abundant. This makes it all the more
inexcusable to be deprived of this supper. Let all carve
in their memory the following words of Wisdom: he that
sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul (Prov. 8:36);
and so pity yourself.