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Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Commemoration of St. Mary of Egypt. Tone 5.
Великий пост.
Wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Joseph the Hymnographer, of Sicily (883).

Martyrs Pherbutha (virgin) and her sister and servants, of Persia (341-343). St. Zosimas, hieromonk, of Palestine (ca. 560). St. Joseph the Much-ailing, of the Kiev Caves (14th c.). St. Zosimas, founder and abbot of the Annunciation Monastery at Lake Vorbozoma (ca. 1550). St. James, monk of Starotorzhok in Galich, Kostroma (15th c.-16th c).

New Hieromartyrs Benjamin (Kononov), archimandrite, and Nicephorus (Kuchin), hieromonk, both of Solovki Monastery (1928). New Hieromartyr Nicholas (Karaulov), bishop of Velsk, New Nun-martyr Maria (Lelyanova) of Gatchina (1932).

“Life-giving Spring” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.

St. George, monk, of Mt. Maleon in the Peloponnese (5th c.-6th c.). St. Isidore, bishop of Seville (636). St. Theonas, metropolitan of Thessalonica (1541). New Hieromartyr Nicetas the Albanian, of Mt. Athos (1808). St. Elias, schemamonk, of Makeyevka (Ukraine) (1949).

Repose of Elder Savvas of Little St. Anne’s Skete, Mt. Athos (1908) and Archimandrite John (Maitland- Moir) of Edinburgh, Scotland (2013).

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

The Fifth Sunday of Lent. [Heb. 9:11–14; Mark 10:32–45]

The sinful woman, upon hearing that the Saviour was in the house of Simon, came there with an alabaster box of ointment. Moving toward the feet of the Lord from behind Him, she started to cry and washed His feet with her tears, then wiped them with her hair, kissed them and anointed them with myrrh (cf. Luke 7:36–39). She did not say anything; she only acted, and through her actions revealed a most tender love for the Lord. Because of this it was spoken of her: Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much (Luke 7:47). Oh, when will we talk less and act more, and through our actions witness our love for the Lord? You might say, “If He were here I would be ready now to do all for Him.” But He is here, invisible in His person, but visible in all Christians, most of all in the needy. Anoint the invisible Lord with loving prayer of the heart and mind; and, for His sake, do everything possible for the needy, and you will be doing this for God.