The Holy Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capiton, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius, and Agathadorus (4th c.).
St. Paul the Simple, of Egypt (4th c.). St. Paul the Confessor, bishop of Plousias in Bithynia (9th c.). St. Emilian, monk, of Rome (6th c.).
New Hieromartyr Nilus (Tyutyukin), hieromonk of St. Joseph of Volokolamsk Monastery (1938).
Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Surety of Sinners” (Moscow) (1848)
Sts. Nestor and Arcadius, bishops of Tremithus (4th c.). St. Ephraim, patriarch of Antioch (546). St. Lawrence, founder of the monastery of the Mother of God on Salamis (1707). St. Dandus and All Saints of Thrace. Martyrs Codratus, Saturninus, and Rufinus, of Nicomedia (250-259).
Repose of Schemamonk Sisoes of Valaam (1931).
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God
(Wisdom 3:1). But in whose hand are the souls of sinners?
The Saviour said to the apostles that satan seeks to sift
them like wheat, that is, he seeks to knock them from the
right path, to take them into his hands and do with them
what he wants. That is why everyone turning away from the
Lord is in the hands of satan, and he sifts them and casts
them wherever he desires. Due to this the heads of sinners
are constantly spinning, because the enemy, dragging them
here and there, does not give them a chance to come to
their senses. As soon as the enemy notices that someone is
starting to have second thoughts, he starts to shake him
even more strongly, so that his head again becomes clouded
and his thoughts become scattered.
Monday (the fourth week of Lent).
The Apostle Paul says that the Israelites, crossing the
sea, were baptized in it (I Cor. 10:2).
Such a baptism served for them as a division between
Egypt and themselves. Peter the Apostle adds: The
like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save
us (I Pet. 3:21). Our baptism saves us and serves
as a dividing wall between the dark, satanic realm of
sin and the world, and the brightness of life in
Christ. One who is baptized cuts himself off from all
earthly hopes and supports, and lives in this age as if
in a desert, not tied to anything. His heart is not on
the earth, it is totally in that age. All that is here
touches him in passing, so that having a wife he is as
though he has none; buying, he is as though possessing
nothing. In general, he uses the world, as though he
uses it not (cf. I Cor. 7:30).
Slavonic for I Pet. 3:21 reads: So in like manner
baptism doth also now save us.