Saturday, March 14 / March 1 (Church Calendar)
Commemoration of the Departed
Saints of the Day:
March 1 / 14. Martyr Eudocia of Heliopolis. Martyrs Nestor, Tribimius, Marcellus, and Anthony of Perge in Pamphylia. Martyr Antonina of Nicaea in Bithynia. Virgin Domnina of Syria. St. Agapius of Vatopedi on Mt. Athos. St. Martyrius, monk of Zelenetsk (Pskov). New-Martyrs Abbess Antonina (1924), Hieromartyr Methodius (1920), and Anastasia Andretevna, fool-for-Christ. (Greek Calendar: Martyrs Sophronius and Silvester. Martyrs Charisius, Nicephorus, and Agapius.
Quote of the Day:
"Fasting is the mother of health; the friend of chastity; the partner of humblemindedness (illnesses are frequently born in many from a disorderly and irregular diet)."
St. Simeon the New Theologian
12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:
" Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."
Failure of the Wilderness Wanderers
16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?
Preaching in Galilee
35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. 37 When they found Him, they said to Him, "Everyone is looking for You."
38 But He said to them, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth."
39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean."
41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed." 42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. 43 And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
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