Thursday, October 1, 2020 UTC

MAY 3: SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC MAN (4TH PASCHAL SUNDAY) & FEAST OF THE PASSING OF THEODOSIUS OF THE CAVE, VENERABLE

paralytic MAY 3: CONFESSION – CANCELLED, 3RD HOUR – CANCELLED, TYPIKA – 08:30 AM (PRIVATE).

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

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 this day we also commemorate the Passing of Theodosius of the Cave, Venerable. He was the Father of monasticism in Russia. He led an ascetic lifestyle while growing up, constantly went to church, and studied the holy books. When age 24, he left home an joined Saint Anthony at the Kiev Caves monastery. He worked hard while at the monastery and eventually ordained. He continued to toil at the monastery and recognized by his brethren for his hard work. The Great Princes loved to listen to the spiritual discourses of Saint Theodosius. He was particularly concerned for the destitute. He built a special courtyard for them at the monastery where anyone in need could receive food and drink. Sensing the approach of death, Saint Theodosius peacefully fell asleep in the Lord in the year 1074. He was buried in a cave which he dug, where he had secluded himself during fasting periods. Saint Theodosius was glorified as a saint in 1108.