St. Procopius the Confessor, of Decapolis (ca. 750).
St. Thalelaeus, hermit, of Gabala in Syria (460). St. Titus, hieromonk of the Kiev Caves (1196). St. Titus the Soldier, monk of the Kiev Caves (14th c.). St. Pitirim, bishop of Tambov (1698).
Martyrs Julian and his disciple Chroniun, at Alexandria (250-252). Martyr Gelasius the Actor, of Heliopolis (297). St. Macarius, bishop of Jerusalem (334). Sts. Asclepius and James of Nimouza, monks, near Cyrrhus (5th c.). St. Leander, bishop of Seville (600-601). St. Stephen, monk, of Constantinople (614). New Martyr Elias of Trebizond (1749). St. Timothy of Caesarea, monk.
Repose of Archimandrite Photius of the Yuriev Monastery (Novgorod) (1838), Monk Anthony (1848) and Hieromonk Justinian (1966), both of Valaam, and Archimandrite Alypy (Voronov) of the Pskov Caves Monastery (1975).
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.