Fourth Week of the Great Lent: Adoration of Cross. Tone seven.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
- Martyrs Agapius , Publius (Pauplios), Timolaus , Romulus , two named Dionysius , and two named Alexander , at Caesarea in Palestine (303).
- New Hieromartyr Alexis priest (1938).
- New Hieromartyr Michael priest (1940).
- Hieromartyr Alexander of Side in Pamphylia (270-275).
- Martyr Nicander of Egypt (302).
- Venerable Nicander, monk, of Gorodets (Novgorod) (1603).
- New Martyr Manuel of Crete (1792) (Greek).
- St. Hebarestes.
- St. Zachariah, pope of Rome (752).
Isaiah 14:24-32 (6th Hour)
The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand: That I will break the Assyrian in My land, And on My mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them, And his burden removed from their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, And who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, And who will turn it back? This is the burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died. Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia, Because the rod that struck you is broken; For out of the serpents roots will come forth a viper, And its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent. The firstborn of the poor will feed, And the needy will lie down in safety; I will kill your roots with famine, And it will slay your remnant. Wail, O gate! Cry, O city! All you of Philistia are dissolved; For smoke will come from the north, And no one will be alone in his appointed times. What will they answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord has founded Zion, And the poor of His people shall take refuge in it.
Genesis 8:21-9:7 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, I will never again curse the ground for mans sake, although the imagination of mans heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every mans brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds mans blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it.
Proverbs 11:19-12:6 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)
As righteousness leads to life, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord, But the blameless in their ways are His delight. Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered. As a ring of gold in a swines snout, So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion. The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath. There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. The people will curse him who withholds grain, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it. He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage. He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise. If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth, How much more the ungodly and the sinner. Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid. A good man obtains favor from the Lord, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. A man is not established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous cannot be moved. An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. The thoughts of the righteous are right, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. The words of the wicked are, Lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
Saints and Feasts Celebrated Today
Martyrs Agapius , Publius (Pauplios), Timolaus , Romulus , two named Dionysius , and two named Alexander , at Caesarea in Palestine (303).
The Holy Martyrs Agapios, Puplios, Timolaus, Romilos, Alexander, Alexander, Dionysios and Dionysios suffered under the emperor Diocletian (284-305) in the city of Palestinian Caesarea. At the time of one of the pagan feasts they began to torture and execute Christians who refused to offer sacrifice to idols. At this time the Martyr Timotheos (Comm. 19 August) was sentenced to burning, and the Martyrs Agapios and Thekla (Comm. 19 August) were sentenced to tearing apart by wild beasts. The group of young Christians – Puplios, Timolaus, Alexander, another Alexander, Dionysios, and the subdeacon of the Diaspolis church Romilos – decided publicly to confess their faith and suffer for Christ. As a sign of their voluntary deed they tied themselves together by the feet and appeared before the governor Urban. Seeing their youthfulness, the governor tried to persuade them to refrain from their decision, but in vain. He then threw them in prison, where there were already two Christians – Agapios, undergoing tortures for faith in Christ, and his servant Dionysios. All these saints were subjected to terrible tortures and beheaded.
Hieromartyr Alexander of Side in Pamphylia (270-275).
The PriestMartyr Alexander, Presbyter in Sidon, suffered for Christ during the time of persecution under the emperor Aurelian (270-275). The saint was interrogated by the governor Antoninus and given over to fierce tortures. But miraculously preserved by the Lord, the saint with surprising endurance underwent all the tortures, and finally, he was beheaded. And just as the torturer Antoninus went to go from the judgement place, he became possessed of demons and perished in frenzied convulsions.
Martyr Nicander of Egypt (302).
The Holy Martyr Nikander suffered in Egypt under the emperor Diocletian (284-305). He was a physician and during the time of the persecution he visited Christians locked up in prison, he rendered them help, brought them food, and buried the dead. One time he came to the place where the bodies of killed martyrs were thrown for devouring by wild beasts. Fearing to bury them by day, he waited for night and under cover of darkness buried the bodies. They discovered Saint Nikander and subjected him to terrible tortures: they skinned him alive and then beheaded him (+ c. 302).
Venerable Nicander, monk, of Gorodets (Novgorod) (1603).
The Monk Nikandr of Gorodnoezersk at the beginning of the XVII Century founded a wilderness monastery at the shore of Lake Gorodna (47 versts from the city of Borovich, 4 versts from the country-church at Sherokhovich). Earlier at this place was the Resurrection monastery. When it was founded is unknown, but in the year 1581 it said in the monastery records, that in the 10 cells lived but 3 elders. The Monk Nikandr was buried in the monastery restored by him. In a church of the monastery vacated in 1764 was a chapel in the name of the Monk Nikandr of Gorodnoezersk.
New Martyr Manuel of Crete (1792) (Greek).
The Holy Martyr Manuel of Crete in his childhood was taken into captivity by the Turks, who converted him to Mahometanism. Having grown up, the saint returned to Christ, confessed his faith in Him, and was beheaded on the island of Chios in the year 1792.
Saint Hebarestes was steward of a church located in Jerusalem.
Additional Saints and Feasts Celebrated Today
New Hieromartyr Alexis priest (1938).
New Hieromartyr Michael priest (1940).
St. Zachariah, pope of Rome (752).
Holy Martyr Agapius & His Companions
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