Tuesday, October 16, 2018 UTC

JUNE 30, JULY 1 & 2: SYNAXIS OF THE 12 APOSTLES, 6TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF THE ROBE OF THE THEOTOKOS (JULY 2)

rasslablenniy_431 JUNE 30: VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM (SN); JULY 1: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM (SCM) NOTE NEW DIVINE LITURGY START TIME!

The Gospel Reading for this Sunday is Matthew 9:1-8 in which Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man. We learn that not only does Jesus have authority, but we have an account of an event that shows that He has authority to forgive sins. The point is that if Jesus can take care of the effects of sin–by healing a paralytic — He can therefore also take care of the cause of the illness–by forgiving the sin. For Jesus the forgiving of sins and the healing of diseases are two sides of His mission, with the forgiveness of sins being the most important. Additionally, He defends His authority to forgive sins to the Pharisees who time and again rebuke Him.  The application is that for the forgiveness of sins one must come to Jesus by faith, believing that He will forgive and make things well. By faith our hearts are opened to receiving God’s power, and by repentance we are made capable of receiving this power.

On June 30th we commemorate the Synaxis of the Glorious and All-Praiseworthy Twelve Apostles of Christ appears to be an ancient Feast. The Church honors each of the Twelve Apostles on separate dates during the year, and has established a general commemoration for all of them on the day after the commemoration of the Glorious and First-Ranked among the Apostles Peter and Paul.

On July 2nd we commemorate the Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos. According to tradition, many miracles have occurred and a great number of people have been healed by the wonder-working Robe. Every year on July 2, the Most Precious Robe is carried from the Zugdidi Museum to the Cathedral of the Blachernae Icon of the Theotokos. After the festal Liturgy the faithful joyfully venerate this most priceless treasure of the Christian Faith.