Martyr 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).
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.