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April 12

Great Lent
St. Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parium (8th c.). Hieromartyr Zeno, Bishop of Verona (ca. 260). Ven. Isaac the Syrian, Abbot of Spoleto (550). Monk Martyrs Menas, David, and John, of Palestine (7th c.). The Venerable Anthusa of Constantinople (801). Ven. Athanasia, Abbess, of Aegina (860). Ven. Acacius the Younger, of Kavsokalyvia (Mt. Athos—1730).

Saint Basil of Parium

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Saint Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parium, lived during the eighth century. He was elected as bishop by the inhabitants of Parium, who venerated the saint as a true pastor of the flock of Christ.

When the Iconoclast heresy broke out, Saint Basil resolutely came out on the side of icon veneration and refused to sign the orders for their abolition (the “Iniquitous Scroll” of the Council of 754 which was convened under the emperor Constantine V Copronymos (741-775). The saint avoided any contact with the heretics and did not permit them into his diocese. For his zeal he suffered much persecution, hunger and deprivation.

Saint Basil remained faithful to the Orthodox Church until his death.

Troparion of the saint, tone 6

Glorious hierarch Basil, / priest of the King of glory, / you are a radiant confessor of the Faith: / you opposed the iconoclasts and suffered for the Truth. / Standing before God, remember those who honor you.

Kontakion of the saint, tone 2

You royally served the King of all, / holy hierarch Basil. / You revealed divine truths / and became a whole burnt offering. / You cry to those who honor you: / “The honor given to an icon ascends to Christ.”

Isaiah 45:11-17 (6th Hour)

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Thus says the Lord, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; and concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.
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I have made the earth, and created man on it. I – My hands – stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded.
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I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways; He shall build My city and let My exiles go free, not for price nor reward,” says the Lord of hosts.
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Thus says the Lord: “The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you, and they shall be yours; they shall walk behind you, they shall come over in chains; and they shall bow down to you. They will make supplication to you, saying, ‘God is with you only, and there is no other; no god besides Him.’
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Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior!
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They shall be ashamed and also disgraced, all of them; they shall go in confusion together, who are makers of idols.
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But Israel shall be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; you shall not be ashamed or disgraced forever and ever.

Genesis 22:1-18 (Vespers, 1st reading)

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Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
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Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
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So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
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Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.
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And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
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So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.
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But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
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And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
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Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
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And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
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But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.”
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And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
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Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.
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And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
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Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,
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and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son –
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“blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
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“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

Proverbs 17:17-18:5 (Vespers, 2nd reading)

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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
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A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, and becomes surety for his friend.
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He who loves transgression loves strife, and he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
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He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.
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He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.
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A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
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A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back to pervert the ways of justice.
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Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
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A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.
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Also, to punish the righteous is not good, nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
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He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
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Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
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A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.
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A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.
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When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; and with dishonor comes reproach.
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The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
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It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

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Emma Cazabonne

Beside an anthology on Cistercian texts, Emma Cazabonne has translated and published articles on Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She converted to Orthodoxy in 2008. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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