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SUNDAY, MAY 19 Tone 3
Fourth Sunday of Pascha: Paralytic
On this day the Church remembers the man who lay by the Sheep’s Pool in Jerusalem for thirty-eight years, waiting for someone to put him into the pool. The first one to enter the pool after an angel troubled the water would be healed of his infirmities, but someone always entered the pool before him.
Seeing the man, the Lord felt compassion for him and healed him.
The Kontakion for this Fourth Sunday of Pascha asks Christ to raise up our souls, “paralyzed by sins and thoughtless acts.”
Hieromartyr Patrick the Bishop of Prusa with his companions
Saint Patrick lived during the first century and was bishop of the city of Prusa in Bythnia (Asia Minor). He openly and boldly preached Christ the Savior, and denounced the error of the pagans. Therefore, he and the priests, Acacius, Menander and Polyainuswere arrested, and brought to Julius, the prefect of the city for interrogation.
Julius was going to the hot springs for treatment, and he ordered that the Christian bishop and the priests be brought along after him, bound in iron chains. After he washed in the hot springs, Julius offered sacrifice to his gods. He had Saint Patrick and the other prisoners brought before him, ordering them to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods, threatening punishment if they refused.
Saint Patrick replied, “I am a Christian and I worship the one true God, Jesus Christ, Who has created the heavens and the earth, and these warm springs for the benefit of all mankind.”
Julius had the saint thrown into the hot spring, and with firm faith the martyr prayed, “Lord, Jesus Christ, help Yourservant,” and he remained unharmed.
In an impotent rage, Julius ordered Saint Patrick and his three presbyters beheaded. They received their crowns of unfading glory from Christ around the year 100.
For St. Patrick and His Companions
Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyr Patrick and his companions, O Lord, / through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God. / For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, / and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through their intercessions, save our souls!
Kontakion — Tone 4
Podoben: “Today You have shown forth...” / You were arrayed in the beauty of the priesthood, O Patrick, / and adorned with the blood of martyrdom. / As you stand before Christ with those who suffered with you, / remember us, / for you are an honored passion-bearer.
(at the Divine Liturgy)
Tone 3Troparion (Resurrection)
Let the heavens rejoice!
Let the earth be glad!
For the Lord has shown strength with His arm.
He has trampled down death by death.
He has become the first born of the dead.
He has delivered us from the depths of hell,
and has granted to the world//
Tone 3 Kontakion(from the Pentecostarion)
By Thy divine intercession, O Lord,
as Thou didst raise up the Paralytic of old,
so raise up my soul, paralyzed by sins and thoughtless acts;
so that being saved I may sing to Thee://
“Glory to Thy power, O compassionate Christ!”
Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal,
Thou didst destroy the power of death.
In victory Thou didst arise, O Christ God,
proclaiming, “Rejoice!” to the Myrrhbearing Women,//
granting peace to Thine Apostles, and bestowing Resurrection on the fallen.
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on Thee!(Ps 32/33:22)
v: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous! Praise befitteth the just! (Ps 32/33:1)
 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ makeththee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.
Tone 5 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
v: I will sing of Thy mercies, O Lord, forever; with my mouth will I proclaim Thy truth from generation to generation. (Ps 88/89:1)
v: For Thou hast said: “Mercy will be established forever; Thy truth will be prepared in the heavens.” (Ps 88/89:2)
 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)
The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace:
“Rejoice, O pure Virgin! Again, I say: Rejoice,
thy Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!
With Himself He has raised all the dead.”
Rejoice, O ye people!
Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem!
The glory of the Lord has shone on thee.
Exult now, and be glad, O Zion!
Be radiant, O pure Theotokos,
in the Resurrection of thy Son!
Receive the Body of Christ; taste the Fountain of immortality!
Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise Him in the highest! (Ps 148:1)
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
From the Fathers – St. John Chrysostom
Having lately come across the incident of the paralytic who lay upon his bed beside the pool, we discovered a rich and large treasure, not by delving in the ground, but by diving into his heart: we found a treasure not containing silver and gold and precious stones, but endurance, and philosophy, and patience and much hope towards God, which is more valuable than any kind of jewel or source of wealth. For material riches are liable to the designs of robbers, and the tales of false accusers, and the violence of housebreakers, and the villany of servants,… But the spiritual riches escape all these occasion s of mischief and are superior to all abuse of this kind, laughing to scorn both robbers, and housebreakers, and slanderers, and false accusers and death itself. For they are not parted from the possessor by death, but on the contrary the possession becomes then more especially secured to the owners, and they accompany them on their journey to the other world, and are transplanted with them to the future life, and become marvellous advocates of those with whom they depart hence, and render the judge propitious to them. (Homily on the Paralytic)
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