The Ladder of Divine Ascent - OrthodoxWiki. The Ladder of Divine Ascent is an ascetical treatise on avoiding vice and practicing virtue so that at the end, salvation can be obtained. Written by Saint John Climacus initially for monastics, it has become one of the most highly influential and important works used by the Church as far as guiding the faithful to a God-centered life, second only to Holy Scripture..
St. Apollonia -Feast day:Febr 9, She had all her teeth knocked out after being hit in the face by a Christian persecutor. After she was threatened with fire unless she renounced her faith, she jumped into the flames voluntarily. She is popularly regarded as the patroness of dentistry & those suffering from toothache/dental problems.