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Св. прав. Василий Мангазейский Святитель Никон Сицилийский Прп. Никон, игумен Киево-Печерский
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March 23
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April 5
4th Week of Great Lent. Tone 2.
Great Lent.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомMonk-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).

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 (the fourth week of Lent).

The Apostle Paul says that the Israelites, crossing the sea, were baptized in it (I Cor. 10:2).[1] 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).

[1]The Slavonic for I Pet. 3:21 reads: So in like manner baptism doth also now save us.