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

St. Basil the Confessor, bishop of Parium (754).

Hieromartyr Zeno, bishop of Verona (ca. 260). St. Isaac the Syrian, abbot, of Spoleto, Italy (550). Monk-martyrs Menas, David, and John, of Palestine (after 636). Virgin Anthusa of Constantinople (801). St. Athanasia the Wonderworker, abbess, of Aegina (860).

Deposition of the Cincture [Sash] of the Most Holy Theotokos in Constantinople (942).

St. Sergius II, patriarch of Constantinople (1019). St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295). St. Acacius of Kapsokalyvia Skete, Mt. Athos (1730). Martyr Sabbas the Goth, at Buzau in Wallachia (372).

Repose of Archbishop Juvenal of Vilnius, Lithuania, monk of Optina Monastery (1904).

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


         Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way (Prov. 23:19). Out of the heart continually proceed thoughts which sometimes are good, but more often are evil. The evil ones should not be followed at all, but even the good ones should not always be carried out. It happens that even thoughts which are good in and of themselves are inappropriate in reality, due to circumstances. This is why it is prescribed to be attentive toward oneself, to keep an eye on all that proceeds out of the heart—to reject the evil, consider what is good, and fulfil only what proves to be truly good. But best of all would be to totally imprison the heart, so that nothing leaves it and nothing enters it without the permission of the mind; so that the mind would come first in all things, determining the movements of the heart. But the mind is this way only when it is the mind of Christ. Thus, unite with Christ in mind and heart and everything within you will be in good working order.


St. Basil the Confessor the Bishop of Parium

Saint Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parium, lived during the eighth century. He was elected as bishop by the inhabitants of Parium, who venerated the saint as a true pastor of the flock of Christ.

Hieromartyr Zeno the Bishop of Verona

Saint Zeno, Bishop of Verona, was born a Greek and came from Syria. In his youth he became a monk and devoted himself to the study of Holy Scripture.

St. Isaac the Syrian, Abbot of Spoleto

Saint Isaac the Syrian lived during the mid-sixth century. He came to the Italian city of Spoleto from Syria. The saint asked permission of the church wardens to remain in the temple, and he prayed in it for two and a half days.

Monk-martyrs Menas, David, and John, of Palestine

They were martyred in the seventh century by Arabs.

The Venerable Anthusa of Constantinople

The holy princess Anthusa of Constantinople was the daughter of the Iconoclast emperor Constantine Copronymos (reigned 741-775) and his third wife Eudokia.

Venerable Athanasia the Abbess of Aegina

Saint Athanasia was abbess of a monastery on the island of Aegina in the ninth century.

Venerable Acacius the Younger of Mt Athos

Saint Acacius the New was a monk at the Holy Trinity monastery of Saint Dionysius of Olympus (January 24) at Zagora. After visiting several monasteries on Mount Athos, the saint on the advice of his father-confessor, Father Galacteon, settled in the skete monastery of Saint Maximus the Hut-Burner (“Kavsokalyvites”, January 13), who repeatedly appeared to the ascetic.