St. 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).
Monday (3rd week of Lent).
The fear of the Lord is to hate
evil (Prov. 8:13);
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
Slavonic for Prov. 8:13 reads: The fear of the Lord
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.