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Sixth Week of Great Lent (Palm Week). Tone 5.
Великий пост.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMartyr Eupsychius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (362).

Hieromartyrs Desan, bishop, and Mariabus, priest, and Martyrs Abdiesus and 270 others, in Persia (362-364). Hieromartyr Bademus (Vadim), archimandrite, of Persia (376).

Martyrs Fortunatus, Donatus, twelve virgins, and six laymen, at Sirmium (304). St. Acacius, bishop of Amida in Mesopotamia (5th c.). St. Woutruide (Waldetrudis), monastic foundress at Bergen (Netherlands) (688). Newly Revealed Martyrs Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene, of Mytilene (1463).

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


The holy 40 days of Great Lent have come to an end! Now each of you sit and calculate the result—what was there in the beginning and what is there now? There was buying, so what are the gains? Is there at least a small profit? We have stepped into the arena: so, did we run, and having run, did we achieve what we expected? A struggle was announced: so, did we arm ourselves, did we fight, and having fought did we fall, or conquer? Attentive and vigilant fasters, having laboured with contrite and humbled hearts, upon looking back cannot but rejoice. However, for us, careless and flesh-pleasing, concerned only with fleshly comforts and things that please us, there is always only shame. But even this is lacking. Some take a beating but feel no pain, because they have a copper forehead and an iron neck.