Sunday, April 5 / March 23 (Church Calendar)
The Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt
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Saints of the Day:
March 23 / April 5. Monk-martyr Nicon and 200 disciples with him in Sicily. St. Nicon, abbot of the Kiev Caves. Martyrs Philetas the Senator, his wife Lydia, their sons Macedon and Theoprepius, the notary Cronides, and Amphilochius the captain, in Illyria. Martyr Dometius of Phrygia. Martyr Luke the New of Mytilene (Mt. Athos). St. Basil of Mangazea in Siberia. Repose of Elder Porphyrius of Glinsk Hermitage (1868).
St. Isaac the Syrian
Scripture Readings for the Day:
24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?"
28 So they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."
29 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."
30 Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.
Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.