ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2016
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Passion Week.
Великий пост.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

St. Basil the Confessor, bishop of Parium (после 754).

Hieromartyr Zeno, bishop of Verona (ca. 260). St. Isaac the Syrian, abbot, of Spoleto, Italy (550). Monk-martyrs Menas, David, and John, of Palestine (после 636). Virgin Anthusa of Constantinople (801). St. Athanasia the Wonderworker, abbess, of Aegina (860).

Deposition of the Cincture [Sash] of the Most Holy Theotokos in Constantinople (942) (Gr. Cal).

St. Sergius II, patriarch of Constantinople (1019). St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295). St. Acacius of Kapsokalyvia Skete, Mt. Athos (1730). Martyr Sabbas the Goth, at Buzau in Wallachia (372) (Рум.).

Repose of Archbishop Juvenal of Vilnius, Lithuania, monk of Optina Monastery (1904).

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

Monday (Holy Week). [Matt. 24:3–35]

   The Lord goes to a voluntary passion. We must accompany Him. This is the duty of anyone who confesses that by the power of Christ’s passion he has become who he is now, and of anyone who hopes to receive something which is so great and glorious, that it could not even enter one’s mind. How must one accompany Him? Through reflection and sympathy. Follow the suffering Lord in thought; and in your reflection extract such impressions as could strike your heart and bring it to feel the sufferings which were borne by the Lord. In order to better accomplish this, you must make yourself suffer through perceptible lessening of food and sleep, and an increase in the labour of standing and kneeling. Fulfil all that the Holy Church does, and you will be a good fellow-traveller of the Lord to His sufferings.