Monk-martyr Nicon and 199 disciples, in Sicily (251).
Martyrs Philetas the Senator, his wife Lydia, their sons Macedon and Theoprepius, the notary Cronides, and Amphilochius the Captain, in Illyria (117-138). St. Nicon, abbot of the Kiev Caves (1088). Martyr Basil of Mangazeya in Siberia (1602).
New Hieromartyr Macarius Kvitkin, archpriest, of Orenburg (1931). New Hieromartyr Elijah (Vyatlin), hieromonk of the Lukianov Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Vladimir), and Martyr Anastasia (Bobkova), novice (1938). New Hieroconfessor Sergius (Srebryansky), archimandrite, of Tver (1948).
Martyr Dometius in Phrygia (360-361). St. Bassian, archbishop of Rostov (1481). New Monk-martyr Luke the New, of Adrianople and Mt. Athos, at Mytilene (1802). New Martyr Panagiotis, at Jerusalem (1820). St. Helen, nun of the Florovsk Ascension Convent in Kiev (1834).
Repose of Elder Porphyrius of Glinsk Hermitage (1868).
Monday (the fourth week of Lent).
The Apostle Paul says that the Israelites, crossing the
sea, were baptized in it (I Cor. 10:2).
Such a baptism served for them as a division between
Egypt and themselves. Peter the Apostle adds: The
like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save
us (I Pet. 3:21). Our baptism saves us and serves
as a dividing wall between the dark, satanic realm of
sin and the world, and the brightness of life in
Christ. One who is baptized cuts himself off from all
earthly hopes and supports, and lives in this age as if
in a desert, not tied to anything. His heart is not on
the earth, it is totally in that age. All that is here
touches him in passing, so that having a wife he is as
though he has none; buying, he is as though possessing
nothing. In general, he uses the world, as though he
uses it not (cf. I Cor. 7:30).
Slavonic for I Pet. 3:21 reads: So in like manner
baptism doth also now save us.