Orthodox Calendar 2020
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 Святитель Никифор, I Патриарх Константинопольский
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March 13
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March 26
4th Week of Great Lent. Tone 7.
Great Lent.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомTranslation of the relics of St. Nicephorus the Confessor, patriarch of Constantinople (846).

Martyrs Africanus, Publius, and Terence, at Carthage (3rd c.). Martyr Alexander of Macedonia (ca. 305). Martyr Christina of Persia (4th c.).

New Hieromartyr Gregory Pospelov, archpriest, of Kronstadt (1921). New Hieromartyr Stephen (Bekh), bishop of Izhevsk (1933). New Hieromartyr Michael Okolovich, archpriest, of Irkutsk (1938).

Hieromartyr Publius, bishop of Athens and disciple of St. Dionysius the Areopagite (2nd c.). St. Gerald, abbot, of Mayo (731). Empress Helen of Constantinople (Ypomoni in monasticism) (1450).

Repose of Elder Ephraim of Valaam (1946) and Bishop Tikhon (Tikhomirov) of Kyrillov (1955).

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


He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (Prov. 13:24). Never mind the children—let us work on ourselves. For each of us this means the following: do not spare yourself, chasten yourself earnestly. Self-pity is the root of all our crawling into sin. He who does not indulge himself is always steadfast in good. Most of all you must keep your flesh, that slow-witted slave, in the strictest discipline. When you tire the flesh, it is humble; but give it only a small privilege, and already it begins to show its claws and to rage with passion-loving eyes. But what is amazing is that no matter what is said, everyone stands up for the flesh, and invents all sorts of pleasing things for it. Even science, it seems, would not move forward without this. What sort of science is this?