Sunday, December 17, 2017 UTC

JULY 22 & 23: 7TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & COMMEMORATION OF BORIS & GLEB – MARTYRS

01-anonymous-christ-heals-the-two-blind-men-on-the-road-to-jericho-duomo-di-monreale-monreale-sicily-it JUNE 22: TYPIKA  – 4:00 PM; JUNE 23: MATINS – 07:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM.

In today’s Gospel Reading, Matthew 9:27-35, Two Blind Men are Healed. Today’s Gospel reading speaks of truths that are of great importance to our everyday lives. It speaks of the love of God for man and of the love of man for God; of the fact that God never leaves us without His merciful assistance. Two blind men, cry out: “Have mercy on us, Jesus!” They are very persistent. They know and believe in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ without any doubt whatsoever. They plead: “Heal us!” The Lord asks them: “Do you believe in Me? Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They reply: “Yes, Lord, of course we believe!” Then He touches their eyes and they are opened – the blind men recover their sight. We all resemble these two blind men not only in our spiritual blindness, but our bodily infirmities, which torment us as did theirs and we ask for things from the Lord: for the alleviation of suffering, for our healing, for the return of our health and the joy of life, which we have somehow lost. But we do not always resemble the blind men in their faith in the Lord and in His power. The Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth very long ago, healing every infirmity and disease in people, just as He healed these two blind men of the Gospel who had unwavering faith in Him. Let us believe Him and be faithful, as the two blind men believed Him.

On July 24th we commemorate the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs Boris and Gleb. They were the sons of the great Prince Vladimir, the baptizer of the Russian people. They became known as Passion-bearers,  since they did not resist evil with violence. Boris and his brother Gleb are commemorated together and were the first Russian saints glorified by the Russian and Byzantine Churches. Their voluntary sacrifice for the sake of averting the suffering of others and preserving the Christian ideal, had a profound effect on the subsequent development of Christianity in Russia.

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