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March 14
4th Week of Great Lent. Tone 7.
Great Lent.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Eudocia of Heliopolis (160-170).

Martyr Antonina of Nicaea (3rd c.-4th c.). Virgin Domnina, ascetic, near Cyrrhus (450-460). St. Martyrius, founder of Zelenets Monastery (Novgorod) (1603).

New Hieromartyrs Anthony (Korzh), hierodeacon of Kiziltash Monastery (Crimea), Peter Lyubimov, archpriest, of Kishkino (Moscow), and Benjamin Famintsev, archpriest, of Meshcherino (Moscow) (1938). New Martyr Abbess Antonina of Kizliar (1924).

St. Albinus, bishop of Angers (550). St. David of Wales, bishop (6th c.). St. Suitbert (Swidbert), bishop in southern Westphalia and monastic founder on the Rhine River (713). St. Leo-Luke of Corleone, Sicily (ca. 900). St. Agapius of Kolitsou Skete of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos, and his four companions (13th c.). New Martyr Paraskevas of Trebizond (1659).

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


Baptism (kreshenie) in the Russian language sounds like cross (krest). This is fortunate consonance, for although the visible action of baptism is submersion, its essence is a co-crucifixion with Christ on the inner, spiritual cross. The Apostle Paul says: our old man is crucified with him in baptism (Rom. 6:6). This is not some sort of mechanical act, but a moral change, or a revolution of thoughts, goals, desires, and sympathies. Before, all of these were stained with self-pleasure; now all are selflessly dedicated to God, in Christ Jesus, by the grace of the Holy Spirit. [If you were baptized as an infant] you will say, “I didn’t understand that when I was baptized.” Now you understand; set it in your conscience to carry out the meaning of baptism, for your baptism is indelible. Even at the judgement its seal will be visible either for you, or against you.


Martyr Eudokia of Heliopolis

Eudokia awoke one night at midnight and heard singing from the house of a Christian woman next to hers. A monk was reading from a book which described the Last Judgment, the punishment of sinners, and the reward of the righteous. The grace of God touched Eudokia’s heart, and she grieved because of her great wealth and for her sinful life.

Martyr Antonina of Nicea, in Bithynia

After fierce tortures, Saint Antonina was thrown into prison, but Maximian could not force the saint to renounce Christ and offer sacrifice to idols.

Virgin Domnina of Syria

The Virgin Domnina of Syria was a disciple of Saint Maron (February 14). The nun built a straw-covered hut in her mother’s garden and lived there as an ascetic, eating only lentils soaked in water.

Venerable Martyrius of Zelenets, Pskov

Harsh and painful was the life of the monk in the wilderness, but neither cold, nor deprivation, nor wild beasts, nor the wiles of the Enemy were able to shake his resolve. He built a small chapel for the glorification of, and in gratitude to, the Lord and the Most Holy Theotokos.

Holy Hierarch David, Patron Saint of Wales

Dmitry Lapa

The abbot led the same simple life as his monks and worked as hard as any of them. All the community members wore simple clothes and all their belongings were held in common. Voluntary poverty and the refusal of all possessions were among the main rules of the monastery. St. David himself, like many other Celtic saints, used to retreat to the river to read the whole Psalter, standing in cold river water even in winter.

Reclaiming St. David (feast day March 1/14)

Fr. Lawrence Farley

Devotion to St. David of Wales (and to all the western saints) serves a very important role in the Orthodox Church—it rescues us from the accusation that we are merely “the Eastern Church” (as some textbooks describe us), the eastern half of a sundered and broken body.

Venerable Agapius of Vatopedi

He was taken into captivity by Turks who had landed on the shore of Athos. They took him to Magnesia and there he worked in chains for twelve years. But he did not lose hope for freedom and fervently he prayed to the Mother of God to free him from this bitter captivity.