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

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомThe Holy Fathers who were slain at the Monastery of St. Sabbas: Sts. John, Sergius, Patrick, and others (796).

Martyrs Photina (Svetlana), the Samaritan woman; her sisters Phota, Photis, Parasceva, and Cyriaca; her sons Victor (or Photinus) and Joses; and Sebastian the Duke, the officer Anatolius, and Theoclitus, the former sorcerer—all martyred under Nero (ca. 66). Seven Virginmartyrs of Amisus (Samsun): Alexandra, Claudia, Euphrasia, Matrona, Juliana, Euphemia, and Theodosia (310). St. Nicetas the Confessor, bishop of Apollonias in Bithynia (9th c.). Suffering of St. Euphrosynus of Blue-Jay Lake (Novgorod) (1612).

Righteous Abel, first martyr in the history of mankind. St. Martin of Braga in Iberia (580). St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, bishop (687). St. Herbert of Derwentwater, priest and hermit (687). Hieromartyr Tadros, bishop of Edessa, at Jerusalem (691). Martyr Michael the Sabbaite, at Jerusalem (691). St. Wulfram, missionary (Neth.) (703). Martyr Archil II, king of Georgia (744). New Martyr Myron of Mega Castro on Crete (1793). New Hieromartyr Nicholas Holz, priest, of Novosiolki (Chelm and Podlasie, Poland) (1944). Synaxis of the Saints of Zverinets Monastery (Kiev)

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


   It is remarkable that Wisdom calls the foolish to herself: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither (Prov. 9:4).[1] Thus, the clever cannot enter into the house of Wisdom, or the holy Church. Any cleverness must be laid aside at the very entrance to this house. On the other hand, if all wisdom and knowledge are only located inside the house of Wisdom, then outside of this house, outside of the holy Church there is only foolishness, ignorance and blindness. How marvellous is God’s institution! Leave your intellect behind upon entering the Church, and you will become truly intelligent; leave your independent activity and you will become truly active; deny all of yourself and you will become a true ruler over yourself. Oh, when will the world comprehend this wisdom! But this wisdom is hidden from the world. The world rebels against the wisdom of God because it does not understand that it, and keeps those foolish “clever ones” in its blindness

[1]The Slavonic for Prov. 9:4 reads Whoso is foolish, let him turn in hither.


   Wisdom—God the Word—hath builded her house—the holy Church—and in it she hath furnished her table, the word of God and the holy Mysteries, especially the Mystery of the Body and Blood. And she hath sent forth her maidens, the holy apostles and their successors, to call everyone to herself for the supper (Prov. 9:1–8). Many have already been called, but the calling still continues. So let the whole house be filled. The feast continues unceasingly. Glory be to God, Who is so merciful toward us. Let us all go! Let us enter in, let nobody remain outside the door. During these days of Lent the calling is particularly intensified, and the feast is particularly abundant. This makes it all the more inexcusable to be deprived of this supper. Let all carve in their memory the following words of Wisdom: he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul (Prov. 8:36); and so pity yourself.


Martyred Holy Fathers who were slain at the Monastery of St Sabbas

Saints John, Sergius, Patrick and others were slain in the Monastery of Saint Sabbas.

St Photini, The Samaritan Woman

A significant figure in the Johannine community, the Samaritan Woman, like many other women, contributed to the spread of Christianity. She therefore occupies a place of honour among the apostles. In Greek sermons from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries she is called "apostle" and "evangelist."

Martyr Photina (Svetlana), the Samaritan Woman, and Her Sons

During the time of the emperor Nero (54-68), who displayed excessive cruelty against Christians, Saint Photina lived in Carthage with her younger son Joses and fearlessly preached the Gospel there.

Martyr Kyriake of Rome

Saint Kyriake was the sister of the Holy Martyr Photina (Svetlana) the Samaritan Woman, with whom the Savior conversed at Jacob’s Well (John. 4:5-42).

The Holy Virgin Martyrs Alexandra, Claudia, Euphrasia, Matrona, Juliania, Euphemia and Theodosia

The Holy Virgin Martyrs Alexandra, Claudia, Euphrasia, Matrona, Juliania, Euphemia and Theodosia were arrested in the city of Amisa (on the coastal region of the Black Sea) during the persecution against Christians under the emperor Maximian Galerius (305-311).

St. Nicetas the Confessor the Archbishop of Apollonias in Bithynia

Saint Nicetas the Confessor, Archbishop of Apollonias in Bithynia, was noted for his profound knowledge of Holy Scripture, and was a pious and kindly man.

Monkmartyr Euphrosynus of Blue Jay Lake, Novgorod

Saint Euphrosynus predicted that the Poles would come into this wilderness, and he advised everyone to flee. Many did not believe him. “Why then don’t you leave this place yourself?” they asked. The Elder replied, “I have come here to die for Christ.”

Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Wonderworker

Dmitry Lapa

“Have faith and wholeheartedly trust God Who will never abandon those who Love Him”—these words belong to St. Cuthbert, “the wonderworker of the English land” who lived more than 1300 years ago. It is indisputable that St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne is the most beloved and venerated English saint throughout the history of the country.

Holy Royal Martyrs Archil and Luarsab (†744 & †1622)

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze

When the Muslim military leader Marwan bin Muhammad (called “the Deaf”) besieged Georgia early in the 8th century, a certain Mir, the older brother of Archil, was ruling Kartli. The armies of the ruthless invader pillaged everything in their path. Seeing this, the crown-bearing brothers Mir and Archil fled to western Georgia and, praying fervently to God and the Most Holy Theotokos for help, prepared for battle.

Martyr Archil II the King of Georgia

The Holy Martyr Archil II, King of Georgia belonged to the dynasty of the Chosroidoi, and he was a direct descendant of the holy emperor St Mirian (+ 342).