Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel.
Hieromartyr Irenaeus, bishop of Sirmium (304). Hieromartyrs Bathusius and Bercus, priests, Monk-martyr Arpilus, and Martyrs Abibus, Agnus, Reasus, Igathrax, Iscoeus (Iskous, Escoes), Silas, Signicus, Sonerilas, Suimbalus, Thermus, Phillus (Philgas), Anna, Alla, Larissa, Monco (Manca), Mamica, Uirko (Virko), Animais (Animaida), Gaatha the queen of the Goths, and Duklida, in the Crimea (ca. 375). St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (4th c.). St. Basil the Younger, anchorite, near Constantinople (10th c.).
Martyr Codratus (Quadratus), and with him 40 Martyrs, who suffered under Diocletian (284-305). Hieromartyr Eusebius, bishop of Kival, and Martyr Pullius the Reader. Hieromartyr Montanus, priest, and his wife Maxima, at Sirmium (ca. 304). St. Eutychius, subdeacon, of Alexandria (356). St. Braulio of Saragossa in Iberia (646). St. Ludger, bishop of Munster and missionary to northwestern Germany (809). New Martyr George of Sofia, at Adrianople (1437). St. Stephen the Confessor and Wonderworker, abbot, of Tryglia (815).
Monday (the 5th week of Lent).
The eyes of the Lord are in every
place, beholding the evil and the good (Prov. 15:3).
Oh, if only rational creatures would always keep this in
mind! Then not only would they not dare to commit excesses
openly and to give themselves over to dissoluteness of the
flesh, but also inwardly, in their thoughts, and in the
movements of their heart, they would not allow anything
unpleasing to God. They would stand then like soldiers at
the front before the king, with all attention and
strictness toward themselves, that they not be found
ignorant of their orders, and not be subject to the
king’s wrath and punishment. The orders given to
rational creatures are the commandments of God, which
determine the proper form of their thoughts, and how their
feelings and dispositions ought to be; they would then be