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February 3/16

Afterfeast of the Meeting of Our Lord.

Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (Heb. 9:11-14; Luke 2:25-38). Prophet Azarias (10th c. b.c.) (II Chron., ch. 15). Martyrs Papias, Diodorus, and Claudianus, at Perge in Pamphylia (250). Martyr Blaise of Caesarea in Cappadocia (3rd c.). Martyr Paul the Syrian (284-305). Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (310). St. Laurence, archbishop of Canterbury (619). St. Werburga of Chester, abbess (ca. 700). St. Ansgar, bishop of Hamburg, enlightener of Denmark and Sweden (865). St. Svyatoslav-Gabriel and his son St. Dimitry, of Yuriev (1253). St. Romanus, prince of Uglich (1285). St. Symeon, bishop of Polotsk and Tver (1289). St. James, archbishop of Serbia (1292). St. Sabbas of Ioannina (15th c.). St. Ignatius of Mariupol in the Crimea, metropolitan of Gothia and Kafa (1786). New Martyrs Stamatius and John, brothers, and Nicholas, their companion, at Spetses on Chios (1822). St. Nicholas, Equalto- the-Apostles, enlightener of Japan (1912).
Repose of Schemamonk Paul of Simonov Monastery (1825), disciple of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky), and Hieromonk Isidore of Gethsemane Skete, Moscow (1908).
Wednesday
II Peter 3:1-18
Mark 13:24-31
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Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

Wednesday. [II Pet. 3:1–18; Mark 13:24–31]

The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night (II Pet. 3:10). A thief in the night sneaks up when he is not expected. So will the day of the Lord also come when it is not expected. But when He that cometh is not expected, no preparations are made for meeting Him. Lest we allow such negligence, the Lord commanded: Watch: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come (Matt. 24:42). Meanwhile, what are we doing? Are we watching? Are we waiting? We must confess that we are not. Some at least await death, but scarcely anyone awaits the day of the Lord. And it is as if they are right. Our fathers and forefathers waited, but the day did not come. Since we do not see anything, why should we think that it will come in our days? Thus, we do not think; and do not wait. It will not be a wonder, if with such a disposition as ours, the day of the Lord falls upon us like a thief. We shall be like the inhabitants of a city which the head of the province promised to visit in the near future. They waited for him an hour, waited another, waited a day and then said, “I suppose he’s not coming,” and went home. But as soon as they departed and gave themselves over to sleep—he appeared. It will be the same with us—whether we are waiting or not, the day of the Lord will come, and it will come without warning. For the Lord said: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away (Mark 13:31). But is it not better to wait, lest we be caught by surprise? For we will not get off without paying.

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