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  • Sunday 18 March, 18.03.2018
    4th Sunday of Great Lent, St. John of the Ladder
    8:30 Confession
    9:00 Matins and Divine Liturgy
  • Tuesday 20 March, 20.03.2018
    40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste
    9:00 Confession
    9:30 Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
  • Wednesday 21 March, 21.03.2018
    St. Theophylactus the Bishop of Nicomedia
    17:00 Standing of St. Maria of Egypt
  • Saturday 24 March, 24.03.2018
    Saturday of the Akathist to the Theotokos
    8:30 Confession
    9:30 Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in Cape Town
  • Sunday 25 March, 25.03.2018
    5th Sunday of Great Lent
    8:30 Confession
    9:00 Matins and Divine Liturgy
  • Saturday 31 March, 31.03.2018
    Lazarus Saturday
    8:30 Confession
    9:00 Divine Liturgy in English
    12:00 Holy Unction and Panikhida

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Sunday March 18, 2018 / March 5, 2018

Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent. Tone eight.
Great Lent. Food with Oil

Venerable John Lestvichnik (movable holiday on the 4th Sunday of the Great Lent).
Martyr Conon of Isauria (2nd c.).
St. Nicholas (1919).
New Hieromartyr John priest and New Hieromartyrs Mardarius and Theopane (1938).
St. Nicholas (Velimirovich), bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha, Serbia (1956) (Serbia).
Uncovering of the relics (1996) of St. Luke, hierarch-surgeon of Simferopol (1961).
Translation of the relics (1463) of St. Theodore, prince of Smolensk and Yaroslav (1299), and his children Sts. David (1321) and Constantine.
Monk-martyr Adrian, abbot of Poshekhonye (1550) and his fellow-ascetic St. Leonidas (1549).
Martyr Onisius of Isauria (2nd c.).
Martyr Conon the Gardener of Pamphylia (251).
Virgin-martyr Irais (Rhais) of Antinoe in Egypt (3rd c.) and with her Martyr Archelaus and 152 Martyrs in Egypt.
Martyr Eulogius of Palestine.
Martyr Eulampius of Palestine.
Venerable Mark the Faster of Egypt (5th c.).
Venerable Hesychius the Faster of Bithynia (790).
"Nurtured Up-Bringing" Icon of the Mother of God.
New Martyr John the Bulgarian (Mt. Athos), at Constantinople (1784) (Greek).
Martyr Archelaus and 152 Martyrs in Egypt.
St. Kieran (Ciaran) of Saigher, Munster (Ireland) (5th-6th c.) (Celtic & British).
St. Theophilus, bishop of Caesaria in Palestine (200).
St. Virgil, archbishop of Aries (618).
Sts. Basil (1249) and Constantine (1257), princes of Yaroslavl.
New Hieromartyr Parthenius, Bishop of Didymoteichon in Thrace (1805).
New Martyr George of Rapsana (1818).
St. Piran, mont of Perranporth.

The Scripture Readings

John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel)
Hebrews 6:13-20
Mark 9:17-31
Ephesians 5:9-19 (Venerable John Lestvichnik)
Matthew 4:25-5:12 (Venerable John Lestvichnik)


The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent: Venerable John Lestvichnik, Troparion, Tone I —
Thou didst prove to be a freeman of the desert, an angel in a body, and a wonder-worker, O our God - bearing Father John. By fasting, vigil and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of those who have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him Who gave thee strength, glory to Him Who crowned thee, glory to Him Who works through thee healings for all.

Kontakion, Tone I —
Offering ever-blossoming fruits of learning from thy book, O wise one, thou delightest the hearts of those who study it seriously, O blessed one. For it is a ladder which leads up from the earth to the heavenly and abiding glory souls who with faith honour thee.

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VIII —
Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One! / Thou didst accept the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings! / O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to Thee!

Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone VIII —
For our sake Thou wast born of the Virgin / and did endure crucifixion, O Good One, / destroying death by death. / Revealing the resurrection as God, / do not despise the work of Thy hand. / Reveal Thy love for man, O merciful One, / and accept the Theotokos praying for us, / and save the despairing people, O Savior.

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VIII —
By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam. / Eve exults in Thy Resurrection, / and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!

Holy Martyr Conon —
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.

Kontakion, Tone III —
Having lived on the earth in purity, like an angel,/ thou wast thus counted worthy to converse with the angels,/ and didst bring thy parents to the knowl­edge of Christ;/ and having confessed the one God in Trinity, thou didst suffer unto the shedding of thy blood./ O martyr Conon, entreat Him unceasingly in behalf of us all.