This Sunday, March 18, is the fourth Sunday of Great Lent and the Sunday of St. John of the Ladder. Also commemorated on this day are St. Nikolai of Zhicha (+1956) and St. Cyril the Archbishop of Jerusalem (+386), among others.
The readings for this Sunday are: John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel), Ephesians 5:9-19 (Epistle, Saint), Matthew 4:25-5:12 (Gospel, Saint), Hebrews 6:13-20 (Epistle), and Mark 9:17-31 (Gospel).
“On March 30 and on the Fourth Sunday of Holy Lent the Orthodox Church commemorates our Righteous Father John Climacus. He is called Climacus due to his authorship of the great spiritual work The Ladder of Divine Ascent. His commemoration is designated by the Church on one of the Sundays of Lent as his life and writings affirm him as a supreme bearer and proponent of Christian asceticism. The ascetic example of this great Saint of the Church inspires us in our Lenten journey”.