March 2018


“SHE [The Theotokos] does appear to have doubted the event but asked how it would take place. Clearly, if she asked how it would happen, she must have believed its fulfilment. Thus she merited to hear the words, ‘Blessed are you, because you have believed’ (Lk 1:45). Yes, truly blessed for having surpassed the priest [Zecharias]. While the priest denied, the Virgin rectified the error. No wonder that the Lord, wishing to rescue the world, began his work with Mary. Thus she, through whom salvation was being prepared for all people, would be the first to receive the promised fruit of salvation.”

St. Ambrose of Milan + AD 397

“FOR GOD seeks nothing else from us, save a good purpose. Say not, How are my sins blotted out? I tell thee, By willing, by believing. What can be shorter than this? But if, while thy lips declare thee willing, thy heart be silent, He knoweth the heart, who judgeth thee. Cease from this day from every evil deed. Let not thy tongue speak unseemly words, let thine eye abstain from sin, and from roving after things unprofitable.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem + AD 386

“WHILE fasting and sitting on a certain mountain, and giving thanks to the Lord for all His dealings with me, I see the Shepherd sitting down beside me, and saying, ‘Why have you come hither [so] early in the morning?’ ‘Because, sir,’ I answered, ‘I have a station.’ ‘What is a station?’ he asked. ‘I am fasting, sir,’ I replied. ‘What is this fasting,’ he continued, ‘which you are observing?’ ‘As I have been accustomed, sir,’ I reply, ‘so I fast.’ ‘You do not know,’ he says, “how to fast unto the Lord: this useless fasting which you observe to Him is of no value.’ ‘Why, sir,’ I answered, ‘do you say this?’ ‘I say to you,’ he continued, ‘that the fasting which you think you observe is not a fasting. But I will teach you what is a full and acceptable fasting to the Lord. Listen,’ he continued: ‘God does not desire such an empty fasting. For fasting to God in this way you will do nothing for a righteous life; but offer to God a fasting of the following kind: Do no evil in your life, and serve the Lord with a pure heart: keep His commandments, walking in His precepts, and let no evil desire arise in your heart; and believe in God. If you do these things, and fear Him, and abstain from every evil thing, you will live unto God; and if you do these things, you will keep a great fast, and one acceptable before God.’ ”

The Shepherd of Hermas mid-2nd Century AD

Thursday 1st March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Holy Martyr Eudoxia of Heliopolis (ca. 160). Holy virgin Domnina of Syria (ca. 460). Holy Martyrs Nestor, Tribimius, Marcellus, and Anthony of Pamphylia (3rd C). St. Agapius of Vatopedi Skete of Kolitsou, and his four companions. New Martyrs abbess Antonina of Kizliar, Northern Caucasus (1924), Hieromartyr Methodius (1920), and Anastasia Andreyevna, Fool-for-Christ.
British Isles & Ireland: St. David of Wales (6th C). St. Marnock of Kilmarnock (625). St. Swithbert the Elder of Northumbria, bishop of the Frisians (713). Holy Martyr Monan of St. Andrew’s (874).
Isaiah 6:1-12; Genesis 5:1-24; Proverbs 6:3-20; .

Friday 2nd March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Holy Martyr Hesychius the Senator (ca. 304). Hieromartyr Theodotus, bishop of Cyrenia (ca. 320). St. Nicholas Planas, parish priest in Athens (1932). Virgin-Martyr Euthalia of Sicily (257). St. Arsenios, bishop of Tver (1409).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Chad, bishop of Lichfield (672). St. Gistilian, uncle of St. David (6th C). St. Fergna, abbot of Iona (637). St. Cynibild, brother of SS Chadd and Cedd (7th C). St. Slebhine, abbot of Iona (767).
Isaiah 7:1-14; Genesis 5:32-6:8; Proverbs 6:20-7:1; .

Saturday 3rd March 2018 (ƒ2)
Soul Sabbath
Lenten fast
Holy Martyr Eutropius of Amasea, and with him Martyrs Cleonicu, Basiliscus, Zeno and Zoilus (ca. 308). Hieromartyr Theodoretus, priest of Antioch (363).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Non, mother of St. David of Wales (6th C). St. Winwaloe, abbot (6th C). St. Foila of Kilfaile (6th C). St. Sacer, abbot of Saggard, Dublin (7th C). St. Cele-Christ, hermit and bishop (ca. 728). St. Lamalisse, hermit of Arran (7th C).
Hebrews 3:12-16; Mark1:35-44.
For the Departed: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; John 5:24-30.

Sunday 4th March 2018 (ƒ2)
2nd of Great Lent – Sunday of St Gregory Palamas, Liturgy of St Basil – Tone 6 : Eothinon 6.
Lenten fast
St. Gerasimos of the Jordan (475). Holy Martyrs Paul, his sister Juliana, and Quadratus, Acacius, and Stratonicus, at Ptolemaïs in Syria (273). Blessed Prince Daniel of Moscow, the wonder-worker (1303). St. Gregory, bishop of Constantia in Cyprus.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Owen of Lichfield, hermit (ca. 670). St. Owin, bishop of Mercia (ca. 680). Hieromartyr Adrian and Companions, bishop of the Isle of May in Scotland (ca. 875).
Hebrews 1:10-2:3; Mark 2:1-12.

Monday 5th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Holy Martyr Conon of Isauria (2nd C). Holy Martyr Conon the Gardener, of Pamphylia (251). St. Mark the Faster, of Egypt (5th C). Righteous Father Mark of Athens (4th C). New Martyr John the Bulgarian at Constantinople (1784). Virgin-martyr Irais (Rhais) of Antinoë in Egypt and with her Martyr Archelaus and 152 Martyrs in Egypt (3rd C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Ladoca of Cornwall, virgin and missionary (5th C). St. Ciaran of Saighir (Ossory) (ca. 530). St. Caron of Tregaron. St. Carthage the Elder, bishop of Ossory (ca. 540). St. Piran, hermit of Cornwall (ca. 480). St. Colman of Armagh (5th C).
Isaiah 8:13-9:7; Genesis 6:9-22; Proverbs 8:1-21; .

Tuesday 6th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
The 42 Martyrs of Amorion in Phrygia (c. 845). The discovery of the Precious Cross and the Precious Nails by Empress St. Helena in Jerusalem (326). Monk-martyrs Conon and his son Conon of Iconium (275).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Sithney, missionary abbot (529). SS Cyneburgh and Cyneswith, abbesses of Castor and St. Tibba (ca. 680). St. Billfrith, the Goldsmith, hermit (8th C). St. Baldred, hermit at Tyningham (756). St. Fridolin of Ireland, Enlightener of the Upper Rhine (538). St. Cadroel, monk and bishop (976).
Isaiah 9:9-10:4; Genesis 7:1-5; Proverbs 8:32-9:11; .

Wednesday 7th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
The Holy Seven Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius and Agathodorus (4th C). St. Lavrentios of Megara, founder of the monastery of the Mother of God in Salamina (1770). St. Paul the Simple of Egypt, disciple of St. Anthony the Great (4th C). St. Ephraim of Antioch (6th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Enadoc (ca. 520). St. Deifer, founder abbot of Bodfari (6th C). St. Eosterwine, abbot of Wearmouth (686).
Isaiah 10:12-20; Genesis 7:6-9; Proverbs 9:12-18; .

Thursday 8th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
The Commemoration of the Miracle of Kollyva wrought by Saint Theodore Tyro (the Recruit). St. Theophylact, bishop of Nicomedia (842). Apostle Hermas of the Seventy (1st C). Hieromartyr Theodoret of Antioch (4th C). St. Dometius, monk (363). St. Paul of Prusias, confessor (840).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Felix of Burgundy, bishop of Dunwich and Enlightener of East Anglia (ca. 648). St. Senan, abbot of Scattery (544). St. Beoadh, bishop of Ardcane (ca. 518).
Isaiah 11:10-12:2; Genesis 7:11-8:3; Proverbs 10:1-22; .

Friday 9th March 2018 (ƒ2)
Lenten fast
The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (320)
Righteous Caesarios, brother of St. Gregory the Theologian (369).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Bosa, bishop of York (705). St. Sanctan, bishop (5th C). St. Constantine, Hieromartyr & King of Cornwall (576).
Isaiah 13:2-13; Genesis 8:4-21; Proverbs 10:31-11:12; .
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 12:1-10; Matthew 20:1-16.

Saturday 10th March 2018 (ƒ2)
Soul Sabbath
Lenten fast
Holy Martyrs Quadratus and those with him at Corinth (258). Holy Martyrs Codratus, Saturninus, and Rufinus of Nicomedia (3rd C). New Martyr Michael of Agrapha, Thessalonica (1544). St. Anastasia the Patrician of Alexandria (567).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Kessog the Wonderworker (560). St. Emilian, abbot of Lagny (675). St. Failbhe the Little, abbot of Iona (754). St. Sedna, bishop of Ossory (ca. 570). St. Silvester, companion of St. Palladius (ca. 420).
Hebrews 10:32-38; Mark 2:14-17.
For the Departed: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; John 5:24-30.

Sunday 11th March 2018 (ƒ2)
3rd of Great Lent – Sunday of the Adoration of the Life-giving Cross, Liturgy of St Basil – Tone 7 : Eothinon 7.
Lenten fast
St. Sophronius, patriarch of Jerusalem (638). St. Theodora the Righteous, Queen of Arta (13th C). St. George, abbot of Sinai, brother of St. John Climacus (6th C). Hieromartyr Pionius of Smyrna and those with him (250). St. John Moschus, author of “The Spiritual Meadow” (622). St. George the New, Wonderworker of Constantinople. Repose of St. Euthymius, bishop of Novgorod, Wonderworker (1458).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Oengus the Culdee, compiler of the first Irish Martyrology (824).
Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Mark 8:34-9:1.

Monday 12th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
St. Theophanes the Confessor, of Sigriane (818). St. Symeon the New Theologian (1022). St. Gregory Dialogos, pope of Rome & Apostle of the English (604). Righteous Phineas, grandson of Aaron (ca. 1500BC).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Paul Aurelian of Wales, bishop of Ouismor (575). St. Alphege the Elder, bishop of Winchester (951). St. Mura McFerednach of Donegal (645).
Isaiah 14:24-32; Genesis 8:21-9:7; Proverbs 11:19-12:6; .

Tuesday 13th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Translation of the relics of St. Nicephorus, patriarch of Constantinople (846). Hieromartyr Publius, bishop of Athens and disciple of St. Dionysius the Areopagite (2nd C). Holy Martyrs Africanus, Publius, and Terence, of Carthage (3rd C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Mochoemoc, abbot (656). St. Kevoca of Kyle (7th C). St. Gerald of Mayo, abbot (732).
Isaiah 25:1-9; Genesis 9:8-17; Proverbs 12:8-22; .

Wednesday 14th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
St. Benedict of Nursia, abbot (543). St. Euschemon, bishop of Lampsacus (9th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Kyrin, bishop of Ross (660). St. Talmach, disciple of Saint Finbar (7th C).
Isaiah 26:21-27:9; Genesis 9:18-10:1; Proverbs 12:23-13:9; .

Thursday 15th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Holy Martyrs Agapius, Publius, Timolaus, Romulus, two named Dionysius, and two named Alexander at Caesarea in Palestine (303). New Martyr Manuel of Crete (1792).
British Isles & Ireland: Hieromartyr Aristobulus of the Seventy, bishop of Britain (1st C).
Isaiah 28:14-22; Genesis 10:32-11:9; Proverbs 13:20-14:16; .

Friday 16th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Hieromartyr Alexander I, 5th pope of Rome (119). Holy Martyr Sabinas of Hermopolis, Egypt (287). St. Christodoulos, Wonderworker of Patmos (1093). Holy Martyr Julian of Anazarbus (305).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Abban of Kilabban (650). St. Finan Lobur, abbot of Swords (5th C).
Isaiah 29:13-23; Genesis 12:1-7; Proverbs 14:15-26; .

Saturday 17th March 2018 (ƒ2)
Soul Sabbath
Lenten fast
St. Alexius, the Man of God (411). St. Theosterictus the Confessor, abbot of Pelecete Monastery near Prusa (826). Holy Martyr Marinus the Soldier, at Caesarea in Palestine (260). Venerable Macarius, abbot, Wonderworker of Kalyazin (1483).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Patrick, bishop of Armagh, Apostle to the Irish (461). St. Beccan of Rhum (677). St. Withburga, hermit at Holkham and East Dereham (ca. 743).
Hebrews 6:9-12; Mark 7:31-37.
For the Departed: 1 Corinthians 15:47-57; John 5:24-30.

Sunday 18th March 2018 (ƒ2)
4th of Great Lent – Sunday of our Holy Father St John Climacus, Liturgy of St Basil – Tone 8 : Eothinon 8.
Lenten fast
St. Cyril, archbishop of Jerusalem (386). Monk-Martyrs Trophimus and Eucarpion of Nicomedia (c. 300).
British Isles & Ireland: Holy Martyr Edward, King of England (978). St. Egbert of Ripon, Confessor (ca. 720).
Hebrews 6:13-20; Mark 9:17-31.

Monday 19th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Holy Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria, and those with them, at Rome (283). New Martyr Demetrius at Constantinople (1564). Holy Martyr Pancharius at Nicomedia (302). St. Innocent of Komel, disciple of St. Nil Sorsky (1521).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Auxilius, bishop of Killossey (ca. 460). St. Lactan, abbot of Achadh-Ur, now Freshford (672). Holy Martyr Alcmund (ca. 800).
Isaiah 37:33-38:6; Genesis 13:12-18; Proverbs 14:27-15:4; .

Tuesday 20th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
The Holy Fathers who were slain at the monastery of St. Sabbas: SS John, Sergius, Patrick and others (796). New Martyr Myron of Crete (1793). Righteous Abel, Protomartyr in History of Mankind.
British Isles & Ireland: St. Cuthbert the Wonderworker, abbot of Lindisfarne (687). St. Herbert, hermit of Derwentwater (687).
Isaiah 40:18-31; Genesis 15:1-15; Proverbs 15:7-19; .

Wednesday 21st March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
St. James the Confessor, bishop of The Studion (8th C). St. Thomas, patriarch of Constantinople (610). New Martyr Michael of Agrapha (1544).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Enda of Inishmore, abbot of Aran (530).
Isaiah 41:4-14; Genesis 17:1-9; Proverbs 15:20-16:9; .

Thursday 22nd March 2018 (ƒ3)
Thursday of the Great Canon of St. Andrew
Lenten fast
Hieromartyr Basil of Ancyra (ca. 363). Holy Martyr Drosida of Antioch, daughter of the Emperor Trajan, and five Nuns (104). Holy Martyrs Callinica and Basilissa of Galatia (250). New Martyr Euthymius of Mt Athos (1814).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Darerca, sister of St. Patrick (5th C). St. Failbhe, abbot of Iona (7th C). St. Trien, abbot of Killelga (5th C).
Isaiah 42:5-16; Genesis 18:20-33; Proverbs 16:17-17:17; .

Friday 23rd March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Holy Martyr Nikon and 199 disciples with him in Sicily (251). Holy Martyr Dometius of Phyrgia, under Julian the Apostate (ca. 360). New Martyr Luke at Mytilene (1802).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Maidoc, abbot of Fiddown (5th C). St. Ethilwald of Farne, hermit (699).
Isaiah 45:11-17; Genesis 22:1-18; Proverbs 17:17-18:5; .

Saturday 24th March 2018 (ƒ2)
Saturday of the Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos
Forefeast of The Annunciation of the Theotokos; Lenten fast
St. Artemius, bishop of Seleucia (2nd C). St. Zacharias the Recluse of Egypt (4th C). New Hieromartyr Parthenios III, patriarch, at Constantinople (1657).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Aedh MacCairthinn, bishop of Clogher (5th C). St. Donard, hermit (506). St. Cairlon, bishop of Cashel (6th C). St. Caimin the Recluse (653). St. Hildelith, abbess of Barking (ca. 712).
Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 8:27-31.
For the Theotokos: Hebrews 9:1-7; Luke 10:38-42;11:27-28.

Sunday 25th March 2018 (ƒ1)
5th of Great Lent – Sunday of our Holy Mother, Mary of Egypt, Liturgy of St Basil – Tone 1 : Eothinon for the feast.
Lenten fast
Holy Martyrs Pelagia, Theodosia, and Dula of Nicomedia, who suffered under Valentian (4th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Alfwold, bishop of Sherborne (1050). St. Kennocha of Fife (1007).
Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 10:32-45.
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 2:11-18; Luke 1:24-38.

Monday 26th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Afterfeast of The Annunciation of the Theotokos; Lenten fast.
Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. Holy Martyrs Manuel and Theodosius (304). New Martyr George of Adrianople (1437). St. Basil the New, anchorite near Constantinople (10th C). St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (4th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Sincheall, abbot of Killeigh (5th C). St. Mochelloc of Killmallock (639). St. Garbhan (7th C).
Isaiah 48:17-49:4; Genesis 27:1-41; Proverbs 19:16-25; .

Tuesday 27th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Holy Martyr Matrona of Thessalonica (4th C). Holy Martyrs Philetas the Senator, his wife Lydia, their sons Macedon and Theoprepius, Chronides the Notary, and Amphilochius the Captain, in Illyria (2nd C). St. Paul, bishop of Corinth (890).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Suairlech, 1st bishop of Fore in Westmeath (ca. 750). St. Alkeld, Martyr in Yorkshire (10th C).
Isaiah 49:6-10; Genesis 31:3-16; Proverbs 21:3-21; .

Wednesday 28th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
St. Hilarion the New, abbot of Pelecete (754). Apostle Herodion of the Seventy (1st C). St. Stephen the Wonderworker, abbot of Tryglia (815).
Isaiah 58:1-11; Genesis 43:26-31; 45:1-16; Proverbs 21:23-22:4; .

Thursday 29th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
Hieromartyr Mark, bishop of Arethusa, Martyr Cyril the deacon, of Heliopolis, and others who suffered under Julian the Apostate (ca. 364). St. Eustathios (Eustace) the Confessor, bishop of Bithynia (9th C).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Gladys and St. Gwynllyn, parents of St. Cadoc (6th C). St. Lasar, niece of St. Forchera (6th C).
Isaiah 65:8-16; Genesis 46:1-7; Proverbs 23:15-24:5; .

Friday 30th March 2018 (ƒ3)
Lenten fast
St. John Climacus of Sinai, author of “The Ladder” (606). Apostles Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, and Epaphroditus, of the Seventy (1st C). New Hieromartyr Zacharias, bishop of Corinth (1684) St. Sophronius, bishop of Irkutsk (1771).
British Isles & Ireland: St. Osburga of Coventry, virgin (c. 1015). St. Fergus, bishop of Downpatrick (6th C). St. Tola, bishop of Disert Tola in Meath (ca. 733).
Isaiah 66:10-24; Genesis 49:33-50:26; Proverbs 31:8-31; .

Saturday 31st March 2018 (ƒ2)
Saturday of Holy and Righteous Lazarus
Lenten fast
St. Hypatius the Wonderworker, bishop of Gangra (ca. 326). Venerable Acacius the Confessor, bishop of Melitene (251).
Hebrews 12:28-13:8; John 11:1-45.

Note:    Bold type indicates the primary readings of the day.

Fasting Guidelines:
f3 No animal products, oil or wine (sea foods such as squid, crab, roe and prawn are permitted)
f2 As f3 but wine and oil are permitted
f1 As f2 but fish also permitted
cf Cheesefare: all foods, except meat products, permitted

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