St. Sava II, archbishop of Serbia (1269). St. Lyubov of Ryazan, fool-for-Christ (1921).
New Hieromartyrs Andrew Dobrynin, archpriest, of Prechistoye-Naumovo (Yaroslavl) and Peter Markov, archpriest, of Korenevo (Moscow) (1938).
Martyr Conitus of Alexandria (249). St. Agathangelus, bishop of Damascus (ca. 325). St. Macarius, bishop of Paphos on Cyprus. Virginmartyrs Martha and Mary, at Tanis [Hermopolis] in Egypt.
Repose of Schema-abbot Theodore of Valaam (1937).
Pravoslavie.ru asked several pastors to give a few words about what is the main thing, in their view, that should fill a Christian’s life in the days of Great Lent, to offer something from personal experience, to help those Christians engulfed by cares to determine their spiritual program—the maximum and minimum—during this time.
Everyone should, if he makes an effort towards it, not just return to the first state, before the Fall, but moreover must become an heir of God Himself. This is what the Lord God created man for. It’s no wonder that Adam was seduced by the cunning promise to become “like God.” But this is God’s purpose in relation to man—the elevation to the infinite deity of a man filled with faith in Christ. This is the purpose of creation.
There is no doubt that much can be said about the lives of these three great hierarchs of the Orthodox Church, but I would like to focus on one thing: to look more closely at the life of the families in which the holy hierarchs Basil, Gregory, and John were born and raised. What do we know about them?
Prayer is a preservative for chastity, the training of the soul, the taming of arrogance, purification from remembrance of wrongs, the annihilation of hatred, and the correction of wickedness. Prayer is a fortress to the body, prosperity to a home, beautification to a city, might to a kingdom, a sign of victory in times of battle, and the strength of the world
In offering daily prayers for its reposed children, the Holy Church encourages all the faithful do this, so that they would with one voice and one heart offer fervent prayers to the Throne of God, asking that He give rest in blessed places to the souls of our relatives who have fallen asleep.
This man left a great many writings after him and indeed very few ascetics can rival him in this. Yet perhaps his principal work is something that all of us participate in and that plays an important role in our salvation—that is, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
Abbess Evphalia (Lebedeva), who labored for more than twenty years over the restoration of the Resurrection Monastery in Goritsy in the Vologda Province, shares her thoughts about why people become monastics, discusses the saving quality of the ability not to answer injustices with anger, the advantage of peacocks and the ignorance of Germans, and recalls the recent history of Russia—the Russia of martyrs.
People loved and were afraid of the “fools-for-Christ” simultaneously, sought to acquire a tiny bit of their bliss but feared their unprejudiced denunciation. These “eccentric” saints did not allow society to relax and tried to rouse it from its sleep: “It’s not time to sleep comfortably! You are to answer before the Righteous Judge soon!”