Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily (251). St. Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov (1696).
New Martyrs Matushka Agatha (Agafia) (1938), and with her schemamonk Eugene (1939) and Righteous Paramon (1941), of Belorussia.
Icon of the Mother of God “Elets-Chernigov” (1060). Icon of the Mother of God “the Rescuer of the Drowning” (1092). Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Seeking of the Lost” (17th c.).
St. Theodosius of Skopelos in Cilicia (ca. 421). St. Avitus, bishop of Vienne (Gaul) (525). St. Polyeuctus, patriarch of Constantinople (970). New Martyr Anthony of Athens, at Constantinople (1774).
Repose of Metropolitan Michael (Jovanovich) of Serbia (1897), Valeriu Gafencu of Bessarabia, Romania (1952), and Abbess Agnia of Nizhni-Novgorod (1954).
Saturday (Commemoration of the Dead). [I Thess.
4:13–17; John 5:24–30]
Now the Holy Church directs our attention beyond the
borders of our present life, to our fathers and brothers
who have passed on from here. The Church hopes that by
reminding us of their state (which we ourselves shall not
escape), to prepare us to spend Cheese-fare week properly,
as well as Great Lent which follows. Let us listen to our
mother the Church; and commemorating our fathers and
brothers, let us take care to prepare ourselves for our
passing over to the other world. Let us bring to mind our
sins and mourn them, setting out in the future to keep
ourselves pure from any defilement. For nothing unclean
will enter the Kingdom of God; and at the judgement,
nobody unclean will be justified. After death you cannot
expect purification. You will remain as you are when you
cross over. You must prepare your cleansing here. Let us
hurry, for who can predict how long one will live? Life
could be cut off this very hour. How can we appear unclean
in the other world? Through what eyes will we look at our
fathers and brothers who will meet us? How will we answer
their questions: “What is this badness in you? What
is this? And what is this?” What shame will cover
us! Let us hasten to set right all that is out of order,
to arrive at least somewhat tolerable and bearable in the