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Sunday 26th May 2024

Tone 3 - Eothinon 5

4th of Pascha, Sunday of the Paralysed Man

Today we commemorate:
Apostles Carpus and Alphæus of the Seventy (1st C). Translation of the relics (1534) of New Martyr George of Kratovo and Sofia (1515). Holy Martyrs Abercius and Helen, children of the Apostle Alphaeus (1st C). St. John Psichaita the Confessor of Constantinople (8th C). Saint Euthymius of Athos, the Translator (1028). New Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica, who suffered at Smyrna (1794).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Augustine of Canterbury, Evangelizer of England (c.605). St. Oduvald, abbot of Melrose (698). St. Dyfan of Merthyr Dyfan (2nd C.) SS Damian and Fugatius, missionaries to Britain (2nd C). St. Becan, hermit near Cork (6th C).

Today's Readings:
Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15

Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy

Acts 9:32-42
Peter was travelling far and wide, and he went down to the saints who lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas who was paralysed, bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Rise and make your bed.’ And he stood up immediately. When all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon saw him they turned to the Lord. There was a disciple at Joppa named Tabitha, which translates as Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and performed acts of mercy, but at that time she fell ill and died. They washed her and laid her in an upper room. As Lydda was near Joppa, and hearing that Peter was there, the disciples sent two men to him to urge him not to delay in coming over to them. Peter set off and went with them. When he arrived they led him to the upper room, and all the widows stood around him, weeping and showing shirts and coats and everything that Dorcas used to make when she was with them. Peter sent them all outside, then knelt down and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, ‘Tabitha, rise!’ She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Giving her his hand, he raised her up, and calling out to the saints and widows he presented her alive. It became known throughout the whole of Joppa and many believed in the Lord.

John 5:1-15
There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool. It is called Bethesda in Hebrew, and it has five colonnades. Under these a great number of the sick were lying: the blind, the lame, the withered. They were waiting for the movement of the water, for from time to time an angel would descend into the pool and the water would be stirred up. Then the first to get in after the movement of the water was made well from whatever disease had taken hold. There was one man who had been ill for thirty-eight years. Jesus saw this man stretched out and knew that he had already been there for a long time. He asked him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man replied, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am on my way someone else gets in before me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, pick up your mattress and walk.’ And immediately the man was made well; he picked up his mattress and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath, and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, ‘It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry the mattress.’ He answered them, ‘The one who made me well, it was he who told me, “Pick up your mattress and walk.”’ They then asked him, ‘Who is this man who told you to pick up your mattress and walk?’ But the healed man did not know who he was, for Jesus had quietly slipped away, and the place was crowded. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘Now that you are well, sin no more so that nothing worse happens to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.