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Мученица Евфалия Леентинская Икона Пресвятой Богородицы ''Державная'' Священномученик Феодот Киринейский
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March 15
1st Week of Great Lent. Tone 8.
Great Lent.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Совершается служба с полиелеемAppearance of the Kolomenskoye “Reigning” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1917). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHiero-confessor Theodotus, bishop of Cyrenia on Cyprus (ок 320-326). Совершается служба со славословиемSt. 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).

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


   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.[1]

[1] 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.


Icon of the Mother of God “Enthroned”

The “Enthroned” (or “Reigning”) Icon of the Mother of God appeared on March 2, 1917, the day of Tsar Nicholas’s abdication, in the village of Kolomskoye near Moscow.

Hieromartyr Theodotus the Bishop of Cyrenia

When he heard about this order, the saint did not wait for the soldiers to be sent after him, but immediately went to the governor saying, “I, whom you seek, am here. I have shown myself in order to preach Christ my God.”

St. Arsenius the Bishop of Tver

Saint Arsenius, Bishop of Tver, was born at Tver, and in his early years received monastic tonsure in the Kiev Caves monastery. Even among the monks of this ancient monastery, distinguished for their piety, Arsenius was noted for his saintly life as well as for his strictness in keeping his monastic vows, his knowledge of the Church typikon, his study of Holy Scripture, and his love for work.

Martyr Troadius of Neocaesarea

The Holy Martyr Troadius suffered for Christ in Neocaesarea, Pontus under the emperor Decius (249-251), enduring horrible tortures.

Virginmartyr Euthalia of Sicily

After being baptized with her daughter, she was healed of her infirmity. When Euthalia’s pagan brother Sirmianus learned of the baptism, went into a violent rage.

Venerable Agathon of Egypt

Saint Agathon of Egypt, a contemporary of Saint Macarius the Great (January 19) and a disciple of Saint Lot (October 22), he lived in asceticism in a skete in Egypt.

400 Martyrs slain by the Lombards in Sicily

400 Martyrs Slain by the Lombards in Sicily refused to participate in idol worship and were massacred by the Lombards (a Germanic tribe) in the year 579.

St. Sabbatius of Tver

Saint Sabbatius of Tver pursued asceticism with the blessing of Saint Arsenius, Bishop of Tver, at a distance 15 versts from Tver. Saint Sabbatius established a monastery there, known for the strictness and holiness of its rule.

Holy Hierarch Chad of Lichfield, Apostle of Mercia, Wonderworker

Dmitry Lapa

Pious English people, especially ordinary folk, have deeply loved and venerated this saint for more than 1300 years as one of their protectors. His veneration is similar to that of Sts. Aidan and Cuthbert of Lindisfarne and Swithin of Winchester; he lived absolutely in the same spirit with them.