Wednesday, May 12, 2021 UTC

MAY 9: SUNDAY OF THE MAN BORN BLIND (SIXTH PASCHAL SUNDAY) & COMMEMORATION OF MOTHER’S ON MOTHER’S DAY

blind MAY 9: CONFESSION – 08:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 09:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED), DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM.

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

The icon of the Sunday of the Blind Man depicts the biblical story of Christ healing the man who was blind since birth as noted in the Gospel Reading John 9: 1-38.  Our Lord is shown placing the clay on the eyes of the man.  He is with his disciples who are questioning Christ about the source of the man’s affliction.  The blind man is shown with his hand outstretched toward Christ expressing his faith and willingness to receive healing and grace from the Son of God.  Our Lord has in His hand a scroll, which directs us to His statements, “I am the light of the world,” (John 9:5), and “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” (Luke 4:18). Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

On May 12th we also commemorate all our mothers (birth, adoptive, role-models, mother figures). Mother’s Day gives us all a chance to really think about what your own mother or mother figure means to you, or what being a “mother” brings to our lives.

 

 

MAY 10: COMMEMORATION OF SIMON THE ZEALOT APOSTLE

On May 10th we commemorate Simon the Zealot, Apostle.  As noted from oca.org, “Saint Simon was from Cana in Galilee, and was known to the Lord and His Mother. Tradition says that he was the bridegroom at the wedding where the Savior performed His first miracle. After witnessing the miracle of the water which had been turned into wine, he became a zealous follower of Christ. For this reason, he is known as Saint Simon the Zealot. Saint Simon was one of the twelve Apostles, and received the Holy Spirit with the others on Pentecost. He traveled to many places from Britain to the Black Sea, proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. After winning many pagans to the Lord, Saint Simon suffered martyrdom by crucifixion.”

 

MAY 11: FEAST OF STS. CYRIL & METHODIUS

cyril_and_methodius   MAY 11: DIVINE LITURGY & PROCESSION – 6:30 PM.

On May 11th we celebrate the patron saints of our parish. They were two Byzantine Greek brothers born in Thessaloniki in the ninth century, who became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavs of Great Moravia and Pannonia. Through their work they influenced the cultural development of all Slavic peoples for which they received the title “Apostles to the Slavs.” They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe the Old Church Slavonic language.