Old Calendar Orthodox Daily Digest for 2/26/2022

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The Saturday of the Dead. Tone two.
Today is fast-free!

Today’s Commemorations

  • Venerable Martinian , monk, of Caesarea in Palestine (422).
  • New Hieromartyrs Basil and Gabriel priests (1919).
  • New Hieromartyr Silvester (Olshevsky) bishop of Omsk and Pavlodar (1920).
  • New Hieromartyrs Zosimas, Nicholas, Basil, John, Leontius, Vladimir, Parthenius, John, John, Michael priests and Eugene deacon, and Martyr Paul, Virgin-martyrs Anna, Vera and Irina (1938).
  • Blessed Archbishop Seraphim (Sobolev) of Bogucharsk (1950).
  • The holy woman Zoe of Bethlehem and Virgin Photina (5th c.).
  • Venerable Eulogius , archbishop of Alexandria (607-608).
  • Venerable Symeon the Myrrh-gusher, prince of Serbia (1200).
  • Synaxis of All Saints of Omsk Metropolia.
  • St. Martin the Merciful.
  • St. Modomnoc, bishop of Ossory (6th c.) (Celtic & British).
  • Apostle and Martyr Aquila, and Priscilla (Greek).
  • St. Timothy, patriarch of Alexandria (385).
  • St. Joseph of Volokolamsk (1515).
  • St. Castor of Karden, hieromonk and missionary (Germany)
  • St. Ermenhilda, abbess of Ely.
  • St. Huna, priest-monk of Huneya.
  • Translation of the relics of St. Edward the Martyr, King of England.

Scripture Readings

1 Corinthians 10:23-28
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.” If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (Departed)
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Luke 21:8-9, 25-27, 33-36
And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately. And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.

John 5:24-30 (Departed)
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth-those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Saints and Feasts Celebrated Today

Venerable Symeon the Myrrh-gusher, prince of Serbia (1200).
Venerable  Symeon  the Myrrh-gusher, prince of Serbia (1200). The Monk Simeon the Myrh-Exuding, Tsar of Serbia, was in the world the Great “Zhupan” (prince) of Serbia, and had the name Stefan Nemany (Nemanya). He lived during the XII Century. The prince toiled much for his fatherland: he united a large portion of the Serb lands and strove for the political independence of his country. He zealously defended his nation against the incursions of Latinism and heresies. At age 80 Stefan set off to Athos, where his son – the Monk Savva (Comm. 12 January), was glorified by holiness of life. Together there they restored the desolate Khilendaria monastery, to which monks from various lands began to gather. Saint Simeon was a great ascetic and wise guide for the monks. The Monk Simeon died on 13 February 1200. His relics began to exude myrh. The Monk Savva transported the remains of his father back to their native land, to Serbia, and placed them in a church of the MostHoly Mother of God situated at the River Studenitsa. Saint Simeon while still the prince had erected and richly adorned this church.

Venerable Martinian , monk, of Caesarea in Palestine (422).
The Monk Martinian at age 18 settled into the wilderness, somewhat off from the city of Palestinian Caesarea, where he dwelt in ascetic deeds and silence for 25 years, and he was granted a graced gift of healing illness. But the enemy of the race of man would not stop bothering the hermit with various temptations. One time a profligate woman got into a wager with some dissolute people, as to whether she could seduce Saint Martinian, the fame of whose virtuous life had spread throughout all the city. She came to him at night-time under the guise of a wandering suppliant asking night lodging. The saint let her enter, since the weather outside was inclement. But here the wicked guest changed over into her good clothes and began to tempt the ascetic. The saint thereupon rushed out of the cell, set alight a fire and put his bare feet upon the burning coals. He said such as this to himself: “It is hard enough for thee, Martinian, to suffer this temporal fire, now then wilt thou instead suffer the eternal fire, prepared for thee by the devil?” The woman, shaken by the spectacle, became repentant and besought the saint to guide her onto the way of repentance. At his directing she set off to Bethlehem, to a monastery of Saint Paula, where she dwelt for 12 years in strict ascetic deeds until her blessed end. The name of this woman was Zoa.       Having recovered from his scorching, Saint Martinian set off to an uninhabited rocky island, and lived on it under the open sky for several years, nourished by the victuals brought by a certain sailor from time to time, and in return the monk weaved baskets for him.       One time a powerful storm wrecked a ship, and to the island of Saint Martinian the waves carried on the ship debris a maiden named Photinia. Saint Martinian helped her to survive the island. “Remain here, – said he to her, – for here is bread and water, and in two months a boat will come”, – and he jumped into the sea and swam off. Two dolphins carried him to dry land. Thereafter Blessed Martinian began to lead the life of a wanderer. And so passed two years. One time, having come to Athens, the saint fell ill, and sensing the nearness of his end, he went into church and lay upon the floor, and calling out to the bishop he besought him to give his body over to burial. This occurred in about the year 422.

The holy woman Zoe of Bethlehem and Virgin Photina (5th c.).
The Blessed Maiden Photinia stayed living on the island, where she spent 6 years in solitude, and then she gave up her soul to God. Everything about her end was reported by that same sailor who brought her food, just as he had also previously for the Monk Martinian. The sailor conveyed the body of Blessed Photinia to Palestinian Caesarea, where it was solemnly buried by the bishop and clergy.       The memory of the Monastics Zoa and Photinia is celebrated on the same day together with that of the Monk Martinian.

Venerable Eulogius , archbishop of Alexandria (607-608).
The Monk Eulogios, Archbishop of Alexandria, was one of the enlightened and active hierarchs of the VI Century. At first he was hegumen of the Justinian Mother of God monastery in Antioch, and then he was chosen to the cathedra-chair of the city of Alexandria, where he served for 27 years. During all his years the saint struggled incessantly against various heresies. His activity is known of through his letters to Sainted Gregory Dialogus, an highly esteemed monk and pope.       The Monk Eulogios died in either the year 607 or 608. His writings are preserved particularly in quotations by Patriarch Photios, and they reveal an Orthodox teaching about the natures of our Lord Jesus Christ, and are directed against heresies of the time of Saint Eulogios. In complete form there has reached us only one of his sermons – for Palm Sunday.

St. Martin the Merciful.
Saint Martin the Merciful was from the time of his youth distinguished by his benevolent heart and great pity for the poor. At age 20, before even he had accepted Baptism, he began to give away all his subsistence to the needy, and soon he himself remained with but only one set of clothes and a knife.       It was winter, and bitterly cold, and he saw a beggar begging alms at the city gates, but no one gave him anything but instead just passed right by. Saint Martin was deeply distressed at seeing this. Finally he took his tunic off himself, cut it in half with his knife and gave the beggar the one half, while the other half he used to cover his own nakedness. Many scoffed at the saint, seeing how he was dressed. At night, shivering in the cold, he saw in a dream our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, dressed in half of the tunic – that very one he had given to the beggar. The Lord said to the Angels while pointing to this tattered cloth: “Martin even before his Baptism hath covered Me with this cloth, and I shalt clothe him in glory, and at death I shalt call him into My Kingdom”. Having awakened, the saint immediately went and was baptised. The rest of his life he spent incessantly working at charity, and he was vouchsafed the gift of wonderworking.

Apostle and Martyr Aquila, and Priscilla (Greek).
Aquila and his wife Priscilla (or Prisca) were Jews from Pontus who settled in Rome, where they worked as tent-makers. When the Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews from Rome in 49-50, they moved to Corinth. (They may already have been Christians; at that time the Empire made no distinction between Christians and Jews.) In Corinth they hosted the Apostle Paul, who lived and worked with them for awhile (Acts 18:1-3). They worked diligently with the Apostle, traveled with him, and were considered worthy to bring Apollos (December 8) to a full knowledge of the Faith (Acts 18:26)   Priscilla and Aquila returned to Rome around 58, and later went to Ephesus; they were living there when St Paul asked his disciple Timothy, Bishop of Ephesus, to greet them (2 Tim. 4:19). It was probably in Ephesus that they were martyred by the pagans.

Additional Saints and Feasts Celebrated Today

New Hieromartyrs Basil and Gabriel priests (1919).

New Hieromartyr Silvester (Olshevsky) bishop of Omsk and Pavlodar (1920).

New Hieromartyrs Zosimas, Nicholas, Basil, John, Leontius, Vladimir, Parthenius, John, John, Michael priests and Eugene deacon, and Martyr Paul, Virgin-martyrs Anna, Vera and Irina (1938).

Blessed Archbishop Seraphim (Sobolev) of Bogucharsk (1950).

Synaxis of All Saints of Omsk Metropolia.

St. Modomnoc, bishop of Ossory (6th c.) (Celtic & British).

St. Timothy, patriarch of Alexandria (385).

St. Joseph of Volokolamsk (1515).

St. Castor of Karden, hieromonk and missionary (Germany)

St. Ermenhilda, abbess of Ely.

St. Huna, priest-monk of Huneya.

Translation of the relics of St. Edward the Martyr, King of England.

Today’s Hymns

Meatfare or Relative’s Suturday, Troparion, Tone VIII
O Thou Who with wisdom profound orderest all things with love, and
Who givest to all what is needful, O only Creator, give rest, O Lord, to the
souls of Thy servants, for on Thee they have set their hope, our Maker and
Builder, and our God.

Kontakion. Tone VIII
With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants,
where there is no pain, no sorrow, no sighing, but life everlasting.

Venerable Father Martinian, Troparion, Tone VIII
With the streams of thy tears thou didst quench the flames of temptations, O
blessed one,
and taming the billows of the sea and the raging of wild beasts,
thou didst cry out:
Most glorious art Thou, O Almighty, Who savest me from
fire and tempest!

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