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Святитель Антипа Пергамский Святитель Варсонофий Тверской
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Sixth Week of Great Lent (Palm Week). Tone 5.
Great Lent.
Monastic rule: xerophagy (bread, uncooked fruits and vegetables).

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHieromartyr Antipas, bishop of Pergamus, disciple of St. John the Theologian (ca. 68).

Martyrs Processus and Martinian of Rome (ca. 67). St. Pharmuthius, anchorite of Egypt (4th c.). St. John, disciple of St. Gregory of Decapolis (9th c.). St. James, founder of Zhelezny Borok Monastery (Kostroma) (1442), and his fellow-ascetic St. James (15th c.). St. Barsanuphius, bishop of Tver (1576). Sts. Euthymius (1456) and Chariton (1509), abbots, of Syandema (Vologda). St. Callinicus of Cernica, bishop of Rimnic in Romania (1868).

Hieromartyr Domninus, bishop of Salona in Dalmatia, and eight soldiers with him (ca. 100). St. Philip, bishop of Gortyna on Crete (180). St. Guthlac, hermit of Crowland (England) (714).

Repose of Elder Eulogius of St. George Kellion, Mt. Athos (1948).

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


         Cry aloud, says the Lord to the Holy Prophet Isaiah; spare not, convicting the transgressions of My people. What did the people do? They seek me daily, and delight to know my ways.[1] But is there really a sin in this? Indeed, they ought to do this. Yes, they ought to, but the fact is that they do this not as they ought. They hope to be successful in their seeking through fasting alone, not caring for works of righteousness and love. “Fasting is pleasing to Me,” says the Lord, “but only such fasting whereby people, in humbling their body, forgive offences, forgive debts, feed the hungry, bring the outcast out to their house, clothe the naked. When all of this is done together with fasting, then you will succeed in seeking Me and approaching Me; then shall thy light break forth as the morning … the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am.… And the Lord shall guide thee continually (Isa. 58:1–11).

[1] The Slavonic for the second quote reads: they seek Me, take delight in approaching God.