St. Ephraim the Syrian (373-379). St. Theodosius, founder of Totma Monastery (Vologda) (1568).
St. Palladius the Hermit, of Antioch (4th c.). St. Isaac the Syrian, bishop of Nineveh (6th c.-7th c.). St. Ephraim, founder of the Sts. Boris and Gleb Monastery (Novotorzhok) (1053). St. Ephraim of the Kiev Caves, bishop of Pereyaslavl (ca. 1098).
New Hieromartyr Ignatius (Sadkovsky), bishop of Skopin (1938). New Hieromartyrs Vladimir Pishchulin, priest, at Simferopol, and Bartholomew (Ratnykh), hieromonk, at Feodosia (Crimea) (1938). New Hiero-confessor Archimandrite Leontius (Stasevich) of Jablechna (Poland), who reposed at Mikhailovsk (Ivanovo) (Russia) (1972). New Hiero-confessor Arsenius (Stadnitsky), metropolitan of Tashkent and Turkestan (1936).
St. James the Ascetic, of Porphyreon in Palestine. St. Valerius, bishop of Saragossa (315). St. John of Reomans (Gaul) (544).
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