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Адриан Пошехонский Икона Божией Матери ''Воспитание'' Святитель Лука (Войно-Ясенецкий), архиепископ Симферопольский и Крымский
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March 5
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March 18
2nd Week of Great Lent. Tone 1.
Great Lent.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Conon of Isauria (1st c.). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомTranslation 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).

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

Monday (2nd week of Lent).

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Prov. 4:23).[1] Having prepared,[2] 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.

[1]The Slavonic for Prov. 4:23 reads: Keep thy heart more than all things kept; for out of it are the springs of life.

[2]“Having prepared…” in Russian, govenie. See footnote for Tuesday of the 1st week of Great Lent.


Martyr Conon of Isauria

When a persecution against Christians broke out in Isauria, one of the first to suffer was Saint Conon. He was subjected to fierce torments for his refusal to offer sacrifice to idols.

Finding of the relics of St Theodore the Prince of Smolensk, and Yaroslavl, and His Children

On March 5, 1463, the relics of holy Prince Theodore and his sons, David and Constantine were uncovered at Yaroslavl .

St. Theodore the Prince of Smolensk and Yaroslav

The holy right-believing Prince Theodore of Smolensk and Yaroslavl, nicknamed the “Black” [i.e. “dark” or “swarthy”], was born at a terrible time for Rus: the Mongol invasion of 1237-1239. At Baptism he was named for the holy Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates (February 8), who was particularly esteemed by the Russian warrior-princes.

Sts. David and Constantine of Smolensk and Yaroslavl

Saint David and his brother Saint Constantine were sons of the holy right-believing Prince Theodore of Smolensk and Yaroslavl. They were born at the Golden Horde.

Martyr Onesimus of Isauria

The Holy Martyr Onesimus (Onisius) lived in Palestine.

Martyr Conon the Gardener of Pamphylia

The saint suffered for his faith in Christ under the emperor Decius (249-251).

St. Mark the Ascetic of Egypt

From his youth his fondest pursuit was the reading of Holy Scripture. It is said that he knew the whole Bible by heart.

St. Hesychius the Faster of Bithynia

Saint Hesychius the Faster was born in the eighth century in the coastal city of Adrineia in Bithynia.

Monkmartyr Adrian of Poshekhonye, Yaroslavl

Saint Adrian began to make plans for the construction of a large stone church, and he gathered a sum of money for this purpose. One year after the repose of Elder Leonid, during Great Lent of 1550, on the eve of the commemoration of the 42 Ammoreian Martyrs (March 6), armed robbers burst into the monastery and murdered Saint Adrian after beating him.

Martyr Eulogius of Palestine

The Holy Martyr Eulogius was a native of Palestine.

Martyr Eulampius of Palestine

The Holy Martyr Eulampius lived in Palestine. He was beheaded for his faith in Christ.

Saint Kieran of Saighir

Dmitry Lapa

Kieran in his spiritual labors imitated the feats of the Desert Fathers and especially St. John the Baptist, and, like many of them, he wore animal skins and slept on the ground. Angels were his companions and helpers from childhood throughout his life.

St. John the New Martyr of Bulgaria

When John was still a boy, he fell in with Moslem companions. Through various ways, he was led to renounce Christ and to follow Islam. He came to his senses when he was about sixteen, and was stricken with grief at his denial of Christ.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich: Serbia's New Chrysostom

While the mere facts of Bishop Nikolai's life inspire awe, such a skeletal portrait does not explain his spiritual magnetism and the soul-penetrating power of his writings. These were the fruit of his life-long striving to know and to serve the Truth, which, in turn, kindled a habit of ceaseless prayer and a practiced consciousness of continually abiding in the presence of God.

Repose of St Nikolai of Zhicha

He was a man of compunctionate prayer, and possessesed the gift of tears which purify the soul. He was a true pastor to his flock protecting them from spiritual wolves, and guiding them on the path to salvation. He has left behind many soul-profiting writings which proclaim the truth of Christ to modern man.