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Преподобный Иосиф Песнописец Преподобные Мария Египетская и Зосима Палестинский
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5th Week of Great Lent. Laudation of the Most Holy Theotokos. The Akathist of the Most Holy Theotokos. Tone 3.
Great Lent.
Wine and oil allowed.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Joseph the Hymnographer, of Sicily (883). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. George, monk, of Mt. Maleon in the Peloponnese (5th c.-6th c.).

Martyrs Pherbutha (virgin) and her sister and servants, of Persia (341-343). St. Zosimas, hieromonk, of Palestine (560). St. Joseph the Much-ailing, of the Kiev Caves (14th c.). St. Zosimas, founder and abbot of the Annunciation Monastery at Lake Vorbozoma (ca. 1550). St. James, monk of Starotorzhok in Galich, Kostroma (15th c.-16th c).

New Hieromartyrs Benjamin (Kononov), archimandrite, and Nicephorus (Kuchin), hieromonk, both of Solovki Monastery (1928). New Hieromartyr Nicholas (Karaulov), bishop of Velsk, New Nun-martyr Maria (Lelyanova) of Gatchina (1932).

“Life-giving Spring” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.

St. Isidore, bishop of Seville (636). St. Theonas, metropolitan of Thessalonica (1541). New Hieromartyr Nicetas the Albanian, of Mt. Athos (1808). St. Elias, schemamonk, of Makeyevka (Ukraine) (1949).

Repose of Elder Savvas of Little St. Anne’s Skete, Mt. Athos (1908) and Archimandrite John (Maitland- Moir) of Edinburgh, Scotland (2013).

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

Saturday. [Heb. 9: 24–28; Mark 8: 27–31]

The Lord asked the apostles how they see Him? In the person of the holy Apostle Peter, they answered Thou art the Christ. This confession did not ripen suddenly, but once it ripened, it settled in the depths of the heart and became the source of his guidance. It was overshadowed by the death of the Lord, but not shaken, and being resurrected in even greater power by the resurrection, it directed the apostles for their entire lives to preach to the whole world. There is a moment for each believer, when he utters with all his strength, “Thou art the Christ, my Lord and Saviour. Thou art my salvation, my light, my strength, my comfort, my hope and eternal life.” Then is accomplished that by which this believer cries with the Apostle: “Who shall separate me from the love of Christ!” (cf. Rom. 8:35) and like him he begins to pursue all that is pleasing to Christ the Lord until he comes unto the measure of His stature (cf. Eph. 4:13).


Venerable Joseph the Hymnographer

Saint Joseph the Hymnographer, “the sweet-voiced nightingale of the Church,” was born in Sicily in 816 into a pious Christian family.

Venerable George of Mt. Maleon in the Peloponnesus

Saint George lived during the ninth century. His parents arranged a marriage for him, but he refused to marry the woman they had chosen.

Virginmartyr Pherbutha (Phermoutha) of Persia, with her sister and servant

The Holy Martyr Pherbutha (Phermoutha) and her sister and servants were martyred for Christ between the years 341 and 343.

Venerable Zosimas of Palestine

Saint Zosimas was born near the end of the fifth century, and lived in a monastery by the Jordan River.

Venerable Joseph the Much-Ailing, of the Kiev Far Caves

Saint Joseph the Much-Ailing lived during the fourteenth century.

Venerable Zosimas the Abbot of Vorbozomsk

Saint Zosimas of Vorbozomsk was the founder of a monastery dedicated to the Annuniciation of the Most Holy Theotokos on an island in Lake Vorbozoma, twenty-three versts south of White Lake.

St. Isidore the Bishop of Seville

Saint Isidore was born in the middle of the sixth century, and was related to the Visigoth royal family who converted to Orthodoxy from Arianism during his lifetime.

Venerable Theonas the Archbishop of Thessalonica

Saint Theonas was a disciple of Saint James of Kastoria (November 1), and lived at the beginning of the sixteenth century.

New Martyr Nicetas of Pojani and Serres

The holy New Martyr Nicetas was a Slav from Albania, but we know nothing of his family or his early life. He lived on Mt. Athos in the Russian monastery of Saint Panteleimon, then lived in the Skete of Saint Anne.