Appearance of the Kolomenskoye “Reigning” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1917). Hiero-confessor Theodotus, bishop of Cyrenia on Cyprus (ок 320-326). St. Arsenius, bishop of Tver (1409).
Martyr Troadius of Neo-Caesarea (ca. 249-251). Virgin-martyr Euthalia of Sicily (257). St. Agatho of Egypt, monk (5th c.). 440 Martyrs slain by the Lombards in Italy (ca. 579). St. Sabbatius, monk, of Tver (1434), and his disciple St. Euphrosynus (1460). Sts. Barsanuphius (1459) and Sabbas (1467), abbots, of Tver.
St. Cointus [Quintus] of Phrygia, confessor and wonderworker (283) Martyr Hesychius the Palatine, of Antioch (ca. 304). St. Chad, bishop of Lichfield (England) (672). New Martyr Theodore Sladic of Komogovina (1788). St. Joachim (Papoulakis), monk of Vatopedi (Mt. Athos) and Ithaca (1868).
Repose of Abbess Philareta of Ufa (1890).
The Lord scorneth the scorners: but He
giveth grace unto the lowly (Prov. 3:34). Particularly
remember these words when you go to confession. Nothing
like pride binds your tongue to keep it from saying,
“I am a sinner.” Humble yourself before the
Lord, do not spare yourself, do not fear the face of man.
Reveal your shame for it to be washed; show your wounds
for them to be healed; tell of all your unrighteousness
that you be justified. The more merciless you will be with
yourself, the more compassion the Lord will show towards
you, and you will leave with a sweet feeling of
forgiveness. This is that grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
given from Him to those who humble themselves through
sincere confession of their sins.
In Russia people traditionally went to confession on
the evening of this first Friday of Great Lent, in
preparation for Holy Communion the next day. See the
footnote for Tuesday of this week.