Monday, September 24, 2018 UTC

APRIL 21, 22, 23 & 24: SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC MAN (4TH PASCHAL SUNDAY) & COMMEMORATION OF ST. GEORGE – GREAT MARTYR (APRIL 23RD)

paralytic APRIL 21: VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM; APRIL 22: MATINS: 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM; APRIL 24: DIVINE LITURGY & CATECHISM – 11:00 AM.

The Gospel Reading is from John 5: 1-15 and from which this day commemorates the miracle of Christ healing a man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years. The readings focus on God’s power to raise up those who are unable to walk. Faced with illness and other difficulties, we often rush to intercessory prayer, urging others to join us in our intention. We should always first unite ourselves prayerfully to the Father long enough to enter into his love and peacefully come to better understand his will and what is for the greater good.

On April 23rd we commemorate Saint George. He was a soldier in the Roman army & is venerated as a Christian martyr. On 24 Feb AD 303, Emperor Diocletian issued an edict that every Christian army soldier be arrested and every other soldier offers a sacrifice to the Roman gods. St. George objected, and claimed to the Emperor himself a Christian. Diocletian attempted to convert George by offering land, money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods, but George never accepted. Therefore Emperor had him tortured and executed. Before the execution George gave his wealth to the poor. He is immortalized as Saint George and the Dragon and is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and prominent military saint. In iconography he is depicted as a slaying a dragon (representing Satan) with often the image of the young maiden (wife of Diocletian, Alexandra) looking on from a distance.