Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark (63).
New Hieromartyr Sergius Rokhletsov, archpriest, of Veliki Ustiug (1938).
St. Annianus, second bishop of Alexandria (86). Hieromartyr Stephen, patriarch of Antioch (479). St. Rusticus, archbishop of Lyon (501). St. Macedonius, patriarch of Constantinople (516). St. Bassian the Blind, hieroschemamonk of the Kiev Caves (1827).
Repose of Elder Philotheus (Zervakos) of Paros (1980).
It seems like but a momentary neglect of duty, but it rages for an entire eternity; it’s committed at a certain, specific point on Earth, but it shakes all of Heaven; it seems to harm but one person; but the Son of God Himself must suffer to blot it out!
If we accept this divine invitation from the depths of our heart, we shall hear His pure voice when we commune of the Holy Mysteries on this sacred and solemn Holy Thursday: "Enter thou My servant into the joy of Thy Lord!"
You want to taste the Passover of the Lord, to commune of the Body and Blood of our Savior; and our Savior and Lord wants to taste the Passover with you, to communicate likewise with your spirit and body, to be united with each of you forever.
Truly, there is no one to deliver us! For the spirit itself, destined to bear the cross of the flesh, contains within itself a multitude of crosses. Oh, how man in this present sinful state is divided, contradictory, self-hostile, self-tormenting!
Now, we must make clear a certain distinction: The Lord’s Resurrection which we celebrate in one week—Holy Pascha—will be incorruptible in the sense that Christ was not subject to corruption. Yet, Lazarus’ Resurrection is from corruption: Lazarus was decaying in the tomb already four days.