Martyr Conon of Isauria (1st c.). Translation of the relics of St. Theodore, prince of Smolensk and Yaroslavl, and his children Sts. David and Constantine (1463).
Martyr Onisius of Isauria (1st c.). Martyr Conon the Gardener, of Pamphylia (3rd c.). St. Mark the Faster, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Hesychius the Faster, of Bithynia (ca. 790). Monk-martyr Adrian (1550), founder of Poshekhonye Monastery (Rostov), and his fellow-ascetic St. Leonid (1549). Virgin-martyr Irais (Rhais) of Antinoe in Egypt. Martyr Eulogius of Palestine. Martyr Eulampius of Palestine.
New Hieromartyrs Theophan (Grafov), hierodeacon of Borisoglebsk Monastery (Vladimir) and Mardarius (Isaev), hieromonk, of Yurievskoe (Yaroslavl) (1938).
St. Theophilus, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine (200). Martyr Archelaus and 152 Martyrs in Egypt (ca. 308). St. Kieran (Ciaran) of Saighir, Munster (5th c.-6th c.). St. Virgil, archbishop of Arles (618). New Martyr John the Bulgarian, at Constantinople (1784). New Hieromartyr Parthenius, bishop of Didymoteichon in Thrace (1805). New Martyr George of Rapsana, at Larissa (1818). St. Nikolai (Velimirovich), bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha, Serbia (1956).
Repose of Metropolitan Cornelius of Novgorod (1698).
Monday (2nd week of Lent).
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it
are the issues of life (Prov. 4:23). Having
confessed and taken communion with the holy mysteries,
a Christian renews within himself the grace-filled
springs which were opened in him through holy Baptism,
and which then so many times were obstructed by
carelessness and falls, and so many times cleansed by
repentance. Now these springs have been cleansed once
again after the most recent falls. Let us keep them, at
least from this point onward, from renewed obstruction
as a result of thoughtlessness, distractedness, and
negligence about those actions which maintain the
springs’ purity and proper flow of waters. Let us
continue fasting, not give liberty to our feelings, not
cease fervent prayers and tears, not forget works of
love; let seek to hear the word of God, and most of
all, to converse with the Lord, Who is within us.
Through this conversation we shall uphold the fear of
God and zeal to please Him within ourselves, for in
this lies the spring of our spiritual life.
Slavonic for Prov. 4:23 reads: Keep thy heart
more than all things kept; for out of it are the
springs of life.
prepared…” in Russian,
govenie. See footnote for Tuesday
of the 1st week of Great Lent.