4th Week of Great Lent. Fourth Saturday of Great Lent. Commemoration of the Dead.
Wine and oil allowed.
Martyr Matrona of Thessalonica (3rd c.-4th c.).
Martyrs Manuel and Theodosius (304). St. John the Clairvoyant, anchorite, of Lycopolis, Egypt (394-395). St. Ephraim, archbishop of Rostov (1454). St. Anthony, metropolitan of Tobolsk (1740).
Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos on Mt. Athos “Glykophylousa” (“Sweet-kissing”) and “Of the Akathist.”
Prophet Hanani (Ananias). St. Cyricus, monk, of Thrace. St. Paphnutius (4th c.). St. Rupert, bishop of Salzburg (718). St. Paul, bishop of Corinth (ca. 925).
Repose of Elder Augustine of Philotheou, Mt. Athos (1965).
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse
Saturday. [Heb. 6:9–12; Mark 7:31–37]
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the
Kingdom of God (I Cor. 15:50). Consequently, to
receive the kingdom it is necessary to become fleshless
and bloodless—that is, to become steadfast in such a
nature of life wherein blood and flesh literally do not
exist. This is attained by a complete renunciation of
deeds that come from flesh and blood. Now the works of
the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like. Having listed all of these,
the Apostle adds: I tell you before, as I have also
told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit the Kingdom of God (Gal.
5:19–21). He that has ears to hear, let him hear
(cf. Matt. 11:15)!