Monday February 27, 2017 / February 14, 2017

Beginning of the Great Lent. Tone three.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter - Full abstention from food

Clean Monday.
Venerable Auxentius, monk of Bithynia (470).
St. Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles, teacher of the Slavs (869).
St. Raphael, bishop of Brooklyn (1915).
New Hieromartyr Onisimus bishop of Tula (1937).
New Hieromartyr Tryphon deacon (1938).
Venerable Isaac, recluse of the Kiev Caves (1090).
12 Greek Master-Builders of the Dormition Cathedral in the Lavra of the Kievan Caves (11th C).
Translation of the relics of Prince-martyr Michael and his counselor, St. Theodore of Chernigov (1578).
Venerable Maron, hermit of Syria (423).
St. Abraham, bishop of Charres in Mesopotamia (ca. 423).
Hieromartyr Philemon, bishop of Gaza.
New Martyr George the Tailor of Mitylene, at Constantinople (1693) (Greek).
New Martyr Nicholas of Corinth (1554) (Greek).
St. Peter, patriarch of Alexandria (380).
New Monk-martyr Damian the New of Philotheou, who suffered at Larissa (1568).
St. Ilarion the Georgian of Imeretia and Mt. Athos (1854) (Georgia).

The Scripture Readings

Isaiah 1:1-20 (6th Hour)
Genesis 1:1-13 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
Proverbs 1:1-20 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)

Troparion

The First Week of Great Lent, Kontakion, Tone VI
My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing hear, and you will be confounded. Awake, then, and be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere present and fills all things.

Venerable Father Auxentius, Troparion, Tone I
A dweller in the desert, an angel in the flesh/ and a wonder-worker wast thou shown to be,/ O our God-bearing father Auxentius./ Receiving heavenly gifts through fasting, vigils and prayers,/ thou healest the infirm/ and the souls of those who with faith have recourse unto thee/ Glory to Him Who hath given thee strength!/ Glory to Him Who hath crowned thee!// Glory to Him Who worketh healings for all through thee!

Kontakion, Tone II "In prayers"
Delighting in abstinence and restraining the desires of thy flesh,/ O divinely wise and sacred father Auxentius,/ thou wast shown forth, shining with faith,// and didst blossom like a plant in the midst of paradise.