Thursday, February 22, 2018

Reflection for Clean Thursday (St. Theophan the Recluse)


By St. Theophan the Recluse

"Fear the Lord, and depart from evil" (Prov. 3:7). Set this as the goal of your preparation for Holy Communion, so that at the end of this preparation the fear of God will dwell in you, and a firm intention to avoid every evil will take root, even if you should have to lose everything, including your life, in order to do so. Do not limit yourself to an external routine of preparation alone, but focus in particular on yourself, enter within yourself and examine your views, whether they are in agreement in all things with the true word of God. Examine your inclinations and dispositions, whether they are what the Lord demands of you in the Gospels. Examine your whole life, whether it agrees with God’s commandments in every way. Mourn and hate whatever is offensive to God, and set in your mind never to do it again. If you do this, you will be most wise; but you would most unwise not to do this.


Saints and Feasts of February 22


On the twenty-second the revered bones appeared in the earth.

Finding of the Relics of Apostles and Martyrs at Eugenios

Finding of the Relics of Apostles and Martyrs at Eugenios in Constantinople


Venerable Athanasios the Confessor of Paulopetrion

Saint Athanasios the Confessor of Paulopetrion Monastery (+ 826)


Holy Martyr Anthusa and her Twelve Servants

Holy Martyr Anthusa and her Twelve Servants


Holy Martyr Synetus

Holy Martyr Synetus


Venerable Thalassios and Limnaios

Saints Thalassios and Limnaios of Syria


Venerable Baradatos

Saint Baradatos of Antioch


Holy Hieromartyr Telesphorus, Pope of Rome

Holy Hieromartyr Telesphorus, Pope of Rome (+ 138)


Saint Ariston the Wonderworker, Bishop of Arsinoe in Cyprus

Saint Ariston the Wonderworker, Bishop of Arsinoe in Cyprus


Holy Nine Child Martyrs of Kola

Nine Righteous Children Martyrs of Kola


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Life of Saint George of Amastris

St. George of Amastris (Feast Day - October 25 and February 21)

The Life and Encomium of our Holy Father and Wonderworker 
George the Archbishop of Amastris

1. Those who are stripped for an athletic contest are not chosen for the pit by the trainers until they have shown fitness matching their skill in the warm-up exercises. But my spiritual judges are urging me forward toward the very pit of letters and deem me worthy of the present challenge though I am both inexperienced and have so far produced nothing. The main reason for my delay was the following: to yield to the words of those urging me is dangerous, and to practice silence is nothing less than to prolong the test. The former gives the appearance of impudence (for undertaking anything beyond the customary is the height of arrogance), and the latter suggests indifference. But since what I just said is clearly true and even in shameful things the lesser evil is to be preferred, impudence seems to produce a lesser danger than indifference (for divinely-inspired zeal sometimes causes impudence, and red-hot desire feeds it, but indifference is of a lazy soul and near to despair). Since I considered it preferable to choose the first of the two consequences, namely to speak, I am eager to proceed now to the literary struggle itself. So that the work not appear far inferior to my zeal, I put God at the forefront of my story since it is He who puts the words in my mouth.

Synaxis of the Kozelshchansk Icon of the Mother of God

Kozelshchansk Icon of the Mother of God (Feast Day - February 21)

The Kozelshchansk Icon of the Mother of God was glorified in the late nineteenth century, though it is older than that. This icon is of Italian origin and was brought to Russia by one of Empress Elizabeth’s (1741-1761) maids of honor, who was Italian. The owner of the icon married a records clerk of the Zaporozhsky-Cossack army, Siromakh. So, the icon went to the Ukraine with them.

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On the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

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History of the Holy Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

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