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3rd Week of Great Lent. Tone 2.
Great Lent.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Theophanes the Confessor, of Sigriane (818).

Righteous Phineas, grandson of Aaron (ca. 1500 b.c.). St. Gregory the Dialogist, pope of Rome (604). Sts. Symeon the New Theologian (1021), and his elder, Symeon the Reverent, of the Studion (987).

New Hieromartyr Vladimir (Volkov), archimandrite, of Islavskoe (Moscow) (1938).

Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Not-Made-by-Hands” (on the Pillar) at Lydda (1st c.).

Righteous Aaron the High Priest, brother of Prophet Moses the God-seer (ca. 1530 b.c.). St. Cyrus, monk, of Alexandria (6th c.). St. Paul Aurelian, bishop of Leon in Brittany (572). St. Alphege, bishop of Winchester, England (951). St. Nicodemus of Mammola in Calabria (990). Martyr Demetrius the Devoted, king of Georgia (1289). St. Dragutin (monk Theoctistus) of Serbia (1316).

Repose of Schemamonk Anthony the Gorge-dweller, of Zelenchug Monastery in Kuban (1908).

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

Monday (3rd week of Lent).

   The fear of the Lord is to hate evil (Prov. 8:13);[1] and if it hateth evil, it will drive it away; if it drives it away, the soul will be cleansed of it, and will thus appear righteous

before the Lord. This is everything that we now seek with such effort. Thus, restore the fear of God in yourself and maintain it, and you will possess the most powerful means for self-healing. The fear of the Lord will not allow you to sin, and it will force you to do every good thing on every possible occasion. Then you will fulfil the commandment: Depart from evil and do good (Ps. 34:14), which the prophet gives to those seeking true life. How can one attain fear of God? Seek and ye shall find (cf. Matt. 7:7). We cannot say in this regard, “Do this,” or “Do that;” the fear of God is a spiritual feeling, secretly conceived in the heart that is turning to God. Reflection helps, and the effort to have this feeling helps; but in fact it is given from the Lord. Search it out like a gift and it will be given to you. When it is given, then listen to it without contradicting, and it will correct all evil within you.[2]

[1]The Slavonic for Prov. 8:13 reads: The fear of the Lord hateth evil.

[2]“All evil within you”—here St. Theophan refers to the word in the quote from Prov. 8:13, which in the KJV slightly differs from the Slavonic.


Venerable Theophanes the Confessor of Sigriane

Theophanes grew up at the court and became a dignitary under the emperor Leo IV the Khazar (775-780). His position obliged him to enter into marriage, but he persuaded his bride to live with him in virginity.

Righteous Phineas the grandson of Aaron

The Righteous Phineas, grandson of the High Priest Aaron (also commemorated today) and son of the High Priest Eleazar, was also a priest and zealous in his service.

St. Gregory the Dialogist, pope of Rome

Wisely governing the Church, Hierarch Gregory tirelessly planted the Word of God. Saint Gregory compiled in the Latin tongue the order of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts (used during Great Lent), which before him was known only in oral tradition.

How St. Gregory the Dialogist Stopped a Laughing Woman

Ilya Timkin

St. Gregory was one of the most gifted people of his time. Brilliantly educated, the future Roman primate even once worked as the head of the city administration of the “eternal city.” Admittedly, it was a special time—the Middle Ages.

Venerable Simeon the New Theologian

Saint Simeon the New Theologian was born in the year 949 in the city of Galatea (Paphlagonia), and he was educated at Constantinople. His father prepared him for a career at court, and for a certain while the youth occupied a high position at the imperial court.

The Venerable Poet on the Prose of Life

Deacon Pavel Serzhantov

There are considerations of both high and more ordinary things in St. Symeon’s hymns. These reflections put the mundane into a spiritual perspective, prompting me to think about who I am, and whether I have found my place.

Icon “Not Made by Hands” from Lydda

According to Tradition, the Apostles Peter and John were preaching in Lydda (later called Diospolis) near Jerusalem. There they built a church dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos, then went to Jerusalem and asked her to come and sanctify the church by her presence.