St. Andrew Church
Publish Date: 2022-05-15
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St. Andrew Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (973) 584-0388
  • Fax:
  • (973) 584-3573
  • Street Address:

  • 1447 Sussex Turnpike

  • Randolph, NJ 07869-1830
  • Mailing Address:

  • 1447 Sussex Turnpike

  • Randolph, NJ 07869-1830

Contact Information

Services Schedule

On Sunday we celebrate

Orthros at 8:15 am & Divine Liturgy at 9:30am

Weekday Orthros and Liturgies begin at 8am 



Past Bulletins

Services at St. Andrew

Sunday May 15th   2022  Sunday of the PARALYTIC   +Orthros 8:15am & DL of SJC @9:30am

Memorial Service

A 40 Day Memorial Service will be held for the repose of the soul of +Vasiliki Βασιλικής Grapsas, beloved mother of: Soultana Seretis, Giorgos Grapsas, Aphrodite Kasolas, Katina Sakellaropoulos, &Elli Pittas, grandmother of: Nikos Seretis, Demetrios Seretis, Jacqui and Demetrios Sakellaropoulos, Bobby Kasolas, Despina Pittas-Szelag, Vasiliki Garces, Vasiliki, Demetrios, and Andrew Grapsas, and great grandmother of twenty.

A Three-Year Memorial Service will be held for the repose of the soul of +Hristos Χρίστου Kalavriziotis, beloved husband of Evagelia, devoted father of Magthalini (John) Zois; Vasiliki (Tom) Kostis; and Efthimios (Christina) Kalavrouziotis 

May their memory be eternal. Αιωνία η μνήμην αυτών

Baptism : On Sunday May 15th at 2pm Michael Vincent Nolasco and Jonalyn Custodio Cabiles will baptized their daughter.

Divine Services

Wednesday 5/18  Mid-Pentecost +Orthros 8am & Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom @9am

Saturday 5/21  Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles; +Orthros 8am & DL of SJC @9am

Participation in services is also available via livestream - go to: Home | St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church ( and choose LIVESTREAM on the Menu bar 

Prayers/Liturgy can always be found at:

Online Giving System: Website: and choose PayPal / online WeShare



save the dates

Hellenic Afternoon School Graduation Thursday May 26th at 4:30pm

Greek Independence Day PARADE in NYC June 5th 2022 at 1:30pm

Religious Education Graduation & Scholarship Awards Presentation on June 12th

Saint Andrew Big Greek Festival 2022 JUNE ●17(Fri) ●18(Sat) ●19 (Sun)

AHEPA  1st Annual Cigar & Networking Event |Meadow Wood Manor |June 20th   @7pm

 60th Anniversary Gala Sunday November 13th at the Meadow Wood in Randolph NJ

Honorees from Saint Andrew who were honored last Monday, at the Venetian in  Garfield, NJ for their dedication to Saint Andrew, will be recognized in our church next Sunday May 22nd after Divine Liturgy.

Greek Independence Day Parade - June 5th in NYC : 

The Parade will take place on Fifth Avenue, rain or shine, on Sunday, June 5th, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. Let us proudly celebrate the 200th Anniversary of March 25, 1821, the start of the Greek War of Independence, the Bicentennial Celebration which we were not able to properly celebrate last year. Our church is organizing a bus trip to New York City. We plan on leaving church parking lot no later than 12:15 pm and returning about 6:00pmPlease make your Reservations 

using the Google Link above. Seating will be 1st come, so make your Parade Reservations ASAP. We will be requesting $5 per student & $10 per adult. 


Big Greek Festival

We are looking forward to having our 50th Big Greek Festival at Saint Andrew.  It is only possible with the contributions of our devoted volunteers, like you!  Please consider joining the festival team. 

Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet your fellow parishioners, to serve the church community, and to show pride in our Greek heritage and Orthodox faith. Come join us: A great fellowship event -- come make friends that last a lifetime! Volunteer Signup sheets are up by the church office.

Commercial business/services: for more information on how you or someone you know can join our Community Partners Program contact the church office. We have five different levels you can advertise your business to thousands of guests that come to our festival.

Knitting & Crocheting & Pillow Ministries meet at @ 10:30am on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month. Please join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 10:30am for knitting and or sewing. We need you to help us provide blankets, scarves, and pillows to the different organizations we are helping. Feel free to drop in for a cup of coffee …  we usually have little lunch a lot of laughs.


(LAP) Join us for Little Angels Playgroup! @9:30 am Fridays on May  20,  June 10 & 24  to attend or mro more information contactAthina  or  text 973-879-7095 

Hellenic Afternoon School  

Mondays  at 4:30pm for Jr.PK, PK, K, Levels 1 & 2.  

Thursdays at 4:30pm for Levels 3,4,5 and 6

Greek Dance Class: Thursdays for Group 1 at 5:45pm & for Group 2 and 6:30pm

GOYA GREEK DANCE:  Thursdays at 7:30pm 




Fr. John's Message

The Greatest Story Ever Sung

 Thursday, May 12

 PASCHA—The Resurrection Service

 Receive the Body of Christ

 Receive the Body of Christ, taste from the immortal fount.

~Communion Hymn, Pascha, Trans. by Fr. George Papadeas

--O taste and see that the Lord is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Psalm 34:8

 Good morning Prayer Team!  Christ is Risen!

 At every Divine Liturgy, while the clergy receive Holy Communion and prepare to distribute it to the faithful, a beautiful hymn called “The Communion Hymn” is sung.  This changes based on the day of the week, the saint of the day, or the season of the year.  During the Paschal season, the Communion Hymn is “Receive the Body of Christ,” or “Soma Christou” as it is affectionately called in Greek.  It is usually sung several times while the priest prepares to distribute Holy Communion. 

 We receive the Holy Communion for many reasons.  We will highlight two of them.  First, at the Last Supper, Christ instituted the Eucharist, offering to His disciples bread and wine, which He identified as His Body and Blood.  Thus, we receive the Eucharist because we obediently follow this commandment of Christ to His disciples.

 Secondly, as the Paschal Communion hymn states, when we receive Christ, we “taste from the immortal fount.”  In other words, we touch Christ, we touch the immortal and eternal God.  If we think about it, it really is amazing that the mortal human being, in the Eucharist, is able to touch the immortal Lord.  The creation touches the Creator.  The fallen world touches perfection.  And in that moment, we become what we cannot be on our own.  We become one with the perfect Lord, and in that moment, I dare say, we become like Adam before the Fall, perfect, and in perfect oneness with the Lord.  Of course, we can approach for Holy Communion with lots of imperfect thoughts running through our heads.  And as we turn to walk away from the chalice, our minds immediately return to the cares of life.  However, Christ gave us this gift of Himself, so that we can receive Him as a way of sustaining us in this life, until we can be with Him forever in eternal life.  And He also gave us Himself in a way that we can handle Him.  If Christ walked through the doorway right now, we’d duck and cover.  We’d hide from fear.  Christ doesn’t want us only to fear Him, but to have faith in Him and love for Him.  Thus, He gives us Himself in a way that we can handle receiving Him.  We can taste the bread and wine, now become His Body and Blood. 


Recently, I held up the chalice as I do immediately before I receive Holy Communion.  My priest did this when I was growing up and it left an impression on me—to see the chalice raised above the heads of everyone, as a sign of the power of the Lord over everything and everyone.  As I lifted the chalice, I had this thought: “This (what is in this cup) is the only perfect thing I have. Everything I have is flawed.  I am flawed.  The only perfect thing I have, and can have, is this, the Body and Blood of Christ.”  Thus, I lift the Cup with a sense of awe and also a sense of joy. 


I’ve heard it said that in the Eucharist, ordinary substances of bread and wine become extraordinary as they become the Body and Blood of Christ.  And in receiving them, we, the ordinary people, also become extraordinary, as we touch the Lord.  Following Holy Communion, we each have a critical choice to make.  Do we focus on remaining extraordinary, or is our reaction to the extraordinary a quick return to being ordinary? And the obvious correct answer is, this extraordinary experience should motivate us to be extraordinary in our faith and our practice of it. 

 It is interesting (and perhaps ironic) to note that most of the Communion Hymns in the Orthodox Church come from the Psalms of the Old Testament, rather than from the New Testament where the New Covenant of the Eucharist is instituted.  “Receive the Body of Christ” is actually the only Communion Hymn of the liturgical year that uses the name of Christ. 

Entire books have been written on the subject of Holy Communion, and there are many things that can be said regarding how we are to prepare and how often we are to receive.  And there is plenty of debate on both.  What is not debated is that we are to receive Holy Communion and we are to prepare in order to do it.  Some receive frequently with little preparation and some receive rarely and with strict preparation.  That is something to discuss with a priest or spiritual father.  No not receive at all, or to receive only very infrequently, I do not believe is in the spirit of St. Paul’s words in I Corinthians 11:26, where he writes: “For as often as you eat this Bread and drink the Cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”  I believe the emphasis here is on often.  We receive Christ often in order to proclaim and affirm His death and Resurrection.  However, as Saint Paul continues in I Corinthians 11:28, “Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the Bread and drink of the Cup.”  In other words, we must examine our own consciences, and approach with preparation that includes, prayer, reconciliation with other and with the Lord, as well as some level of fasting.  No one is ever worthy, or entitled to “taste from the immortal font.”  Rather, this is a gift from Christ, through the descent of the Holy Spirit, to each of us.  And we should receive it with joy, with awe, with respect, with preparation and with some degree of frequency, because in receiving Christ, we have the unique opportunity as fallen people to touch the perfect God, as creatures who will one day pass away to touch the immortal Lord Who has no beginning and no end.  

 I recently saw a meme which said “If you don’t want to go to Liturgy, then why would you want to go to heaven?” And we could extend the same question to ask, “If you don’t want to receive Christ and taste from the immortal fount, then why would we want to stand in His presence in heaven?  Holy Communion is both practice and preparation for us to receive Christ continually, and to become immortal, like the immortal font from which we are receiving Him, and the immortal Lord Whom we are receiving.

 Christ, the new Pascha, the living sacrifice, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.

Oh! Great and Holiest Pascha, Christ! Oh! Wisdom and Word and Power of God! Grant us a clearer sign, that we may partake of You, in the unwaning Day of Your Kingdom. (Ninth Ode, Paschal Canon, Trans. by Fr. George Papadeas)

 Indeed, let us receive the Body of Christ frequently, so that we may touch perfection often, as we make our way through life, towards the place of perfection, heaven. 


+Fr. Stavros


Daily Calendar

Sunday’s Coffee Hour May 15TH Is hosted by Philoptochos

Bagels are donated by Jimmy Psaras of ALFA BAGELS on Route 10 in Randolph, NJ

Coffee is donated by Aristotle Leontopoulos of Coffee Associates in Edgewater, NJ

HOSTING ON: 5/22 DOP & AHEPA Memorial, 5/29 Bakaliko, 6/5 Philoptochos, 6/12 DOP, 6/19 FESTIVAL,


Monday 5/16

2022 Metropolis of New Jersey Clergy Laity Assembly and Philoptochos Convention 

@8pm Parish Life: Stewardship topics will be discussed on Mondays at 5pm PST :
 May 16 I June 20 | July 18 I September 19 | October 17 I November 21 | December 19  

Tuesday 5/17

@11am Funeral service for the repose of the soul of +Helen Kripotos

Wednesday 5/18  

Mid-Pentecost +Orthros 8 am & DL of SJC @9am

@10:30am Pillow & Knitting Ministry meet

@10pm A Very Short Course in Orthodox Theology - online viaZoom  7– 9pm. PST |Please register to receive the Zoom link here.

Thursday 5/19

@5:45 Greek Dance Class Group 1 | @6:30pm Greek Dance Class Group 2

@7:30pm GOYA GREEK Dance Practice

Rise Against Hunger Philoptochos Meal Packaging Campaign at St George in Clifton

Friday 5/20

@9:30am LAP Little Angels Playgroup meets

@10am Bible Study

Saturday 5/21 Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles +Orthros 8am & DL of SJC @9am

Sunday 5/22 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman +Orthros 8:15am & DL of SJC @9:30am

Memorial Service: +AHEPA & DOP , +Jeremy Paxos +Margaret Paxos  +Jesse Faunt

Trisagion Service for: +George Laoudis, +Panagiotis Mastrogiannakos

Monday 5/23

@7:30 pm Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday 5/24

@7pm Philoptochos Meeting Wednesday 5/25


News - Flyers - Registrations - Other

    Tricky Tray

    Tricky Tray

    Friday May 13 at 6:30pm




    Community Partners Program

    Community Partners Program

    We have five different levels you can advertise your business to thousands of guests that come to our BIG GREEK FESTIVAL (due May 15, 2022)



    Would you like to ride in a hot air balloon over the Göreme valley or see expansive Byzantine frescoes in cave-churches founded by 4th century monks? Join Archbishop Elpidophoros of America for the next Centennial Pilgrimage to Cappadocia, Smyrna, and the Queen City, Constantinople, from May 31-June 13. The pilgrimage will culminate with the Nameday Celebrations of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew! Space is limited-contact Cloud Tours to reserve your space today!”

    Orthodox Theology

    Orthodox Theology

    Orthodox Theology -SHORT COURSE| 1ST OF 6 @7-9 PST (10 PM EST)| REGISTRATION REQUIRED : Wednesday for sixweeks from May 11 – June 15.



    PARISH LIFE: Stewardship topics will be discussed on Mondays at 5pm PST (8pm EST) : May 16 I June 20 | July 18 I September 19 | October 17 I November 21 | December 19




    Community Health

    Community Health

    Calendar Atlantic Health System

    Taste of North Jersey

    Taste of North Jersey

    Saturday, May 21, 2022 International Orthodox Christian Charities will sponsor a fund-raising event at Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church, 35 Orange Ave., Clifton, NJ 07013. |Vespers at 6:00 p.m. |Wine and hors d'oeuvres at 7:00 p.m

    Atlantic Health Care

    Atlantic Health Care

    Zoom Meeting 5-24-22 at11AM- YOUR DECISIONS MATTER


Prayer List

Prayer for a Sick Person:

Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal (me) Your servant from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant (me) patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health.  Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed.  I pray that You heal (me) as Your servant and grant (me) the gift of complete health. For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Please keep these names in your prayers 

Alexandros, Gregory, Sophia, Tara, children and families of Ukraine, Ioanna, Landon, Lueda, Evangelia, Christine,  Vasiliki, Anastasia, Aikaterini, Cynthia, Demetrios, Robin,  Paraskevi, Nikoletta, Theodore, Eleni, Athena, Katerina, Sophia, Eleni, Corinne, Maria, Ioannis, Michael, Eleana, Demetra, Kenneth, Eleni, Anastasios,  Gregory, John, Marny,  Chari, Nikolaos, Janet, Melissa, Marty, Andreas, Fotini, Georgia, Pamela, Haralambos, Photeine, Christina, Michael, Adrianne, George, Anastasia, Nicholas, Michael, Alexandra, Sofia, Joseph, Vasilios, Robert, Chrisopigi, Guadalupe, Barbara, Ioannis, Margaret, Ava, Venessa, Chris, Dominic, Ralph, Ralph L,  Elenitsa, Sophia, ….

If you would like us to remember you or your loved one in our prayers, please contact the office. 973-584-0388 or send us an email to   

Names will be kept on this list for approximately 3 months. Please resubmit Names if needed.   Fr. John will pray for the Names above during the Proskomide “Offering of gifts” during the first part of the Divine Liturgy when our priest prepares the mystical gifts of bread and wine. Please keep these names in your prayers as well.






Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Fifth Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 24:13-35

Καὶ ἰδοὺ δύο ἐξ αὐτῶν ἦσαν πορευόμενοι ἐν αὐτῇ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ εἰς κώμην ἀπέχουσαν σταδίους ἑξήκοντα ἀπὸ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ᾗ ὄνομα ᾿Εμμαούς. καὶ αὐτοὶ ὡμίλουν πρὸς ἀλλήλους περὶ πάντων τῶν συμβεβηκότων τούτων. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὁμιλεῖν αὐτοὺς καὶ συζητεῖν καὶ αὐτὸς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐγγίσας συνεπορεύετο αὐτοῖς· οἱ δὲ ὀφθαλμοὶ αὐτῶν ἐκρατοῦντο τοῦ μὴ ἐπιγνῶναι αὐτόν.εἶπε δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς· τίνες οἱ λόγοι οὗτοι οὓς ἀντιβάλλετε πρὸς ἀλλήλους περιπατοῦντες καί ἐστε σκυθρωποί; ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ εἷς, ᾧ ὄνομα Κλεόπας, εἶπε πρὸς αὐτόν· σὺ μόνος παροικεῖς ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ οὐκ ἔγνως τὰ γενόμενα ἐν αὐτῇ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ταύταις; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ποῖα; οἱ δὲ εἶπον αὐτῷ· τὰ περὶ ᾿Ιησοῦ τοῦ Ναζωραίου, ὃς ἐγένετο ἀνὴρ προφήτης δυνατὸς ἐν ἔργῳ καὶ λόγῳ ἐναντίον τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ παντὸς τοῦ λαοῦ, ὅπως τε παρέδωκαν αὐτὸν οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες ἡμῶν εἰς κρῖμα θανάτου καὶ ἐσταύρωσαν αὐτόν. ἡμεῖς δὲ ἠλπίζομεν ὅτι αὐτός ἐστιν ὁ μέλλων λυτροῦσθαι τὸν ᾿Ισραήλ· ἀλλά γε σὺν πᾶσι τούτοις τρίτην ταύτην ἡμέραν ἄγει σήμερον ἀφ᾿ οὗ ταῦτα ἐγένετο. ἀλλὰ καὶ γυναῖκές τινες ἐξ ἡμῶν ἐξέστησαν ἡμᾶς γενόμεναι ὄρθριαι ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ μὴ εὑροῦσαι τὸ σῶμα αὐτοῦ ἦλθον λέγουσαι καὶ ὀπτασίαν ἀγγέλων ἑωρακέναι, οἳ λέγουσιν αὐτὸν ζῆν. καὶ ἀπῆλθόν τινες τῶν σὺν ἡμῖν ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ εὗρον οὕτω καθὼς καὶ αἱ γυναῖκες εἶπον, αὐτὸν δὲ οὐκ εἶδον. καὶ αὐτὸς εἶπε πρὸς αὐτούς· ὦ ἀνόητοι καὶ βραδεῖς τῇ καρδίᾳ τοῦ πιστεύειν ἐπὶ πᾶσιν οἷς ἐλάλησαν οἱ προφῆται! οὐχὶ ταῦτα ἔδει παθεῖν τὸν Χριστὸν καὶ εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ; καὶ ἀρξάμενος ἀπὸ Μωϋσέως καὶ ἀπὸ πάντων τῶν προφητῶν διηρμήνευεν αὐτοῖς ἐν πάσαις ταῖς γραφαῖς τὰ περὶ ἑαυτοῦ. Καὶ ἤγγισαν εἰς τὴν κώμην οὗ ἐπορεύοντο, καὶ αὐτὸς προσεποιεῖτο πορρωτέρω πορεύεσθαι· καὶ παρεβιάσαντο αὐτὸν λέγοντες· μεῖνον μεθ᾿ ἡμῶν, ὅτι πρὸς ἑσπέραν ἐστὶ καὶ κέκλικεν ἡ ἡμέρα. καὶ εἰσῆλθε τοῦ μεῖναι σὺν αὐτοῖς. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ κατακλιθῆναι αὐτὸν μετ᾿ αὐτῶν λαβὼν τὸν ἄρτον εὐλόγησε, καὶ κλάσας ἐπεδίδου αὐτοῖς. αὐτῶν δὲ διηνοίχθησαν οἱ ὀφθαλμοί, καὶ ἐπέγνωσαν αὐτόν· καὶ αὐτὸς ἄφαντος ἐγένετο ἀπ᾿ αὐτῶν. καὶ εἶπον πρὸς ἀλλήλους· οὐχὶ ἡ καρδία ἡμῶν καιομένη ἦν ἐν ἡμῖν, ὡς ἐλάλει ἡμῖν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ καὶ ὡς διήνοιγεν ἡμῖν τὰς γραφάς; Καὶ ἀναστάντες αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ εὗρον συνηθροισμένους τοὺς ἕνδεκα καὶ τοὺς σὺν αὐτοῖς, λέγοντας ὅτι ἠγέρθη ὁ Κύριος ὄντως καὶ ὤφθη Σίμωνι. καὶ αὐτοὶ ἐξηγοῦντο τὰ ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ καὶ ὡς ἐγνώσθη αὐτοῖς ἐν τῇ κλάσει τοῦ ἄρτου.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42.

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Προκείμενον. Third Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 46.6,1.
Ψάλατε τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν, ψάλατε.
Στίχ. Πάντα τὰ ἔθνη κροτήσατε χεῖρας.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πράξεις Ἀποστόλων 9:32-42.

Ἐν ταῖς ἡμεραῖς ἐκείναις, ἐγένετο Πέτρον διερχόμενον διὰ πάντων κατελθεῖν καὶ πρὸς τοὺς ἁγίους τοὺς κατοικοῦντας Λύδδαν. Εὗρεν δὲ ἐκεῖ ἄνθρωπόν τινα Αἰνέαν ὀνόματι, ἐξ ἐτῶν ὀκτὼ κατακείμενον ἐπὶ κραββάτῳ, ὃς ἦν παραλελυμένος. Καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ Πέτρος, Αἰνέα, ἰᾶταί σε Ἰησοῦς ὁ Χριστός· ἀνάστηθι καὶ στρῶσον σεαυτῷ. Καὶ εὐθέως ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἶδον αὐτὸν πάντες οἱ κατοικοῦντες Λύδδαν καὶ τὸν Ἀσσάρωνα, οἵτινες ἐπέστρεψαν ἐπὶ τὸν κύριον. Ἐν Ἰόππῃ δέ τις ἦν μαθήτρια ὀνόματι Ταβηθά, ἣ διερμηνευομένη λέγεται Δορκάς· αὕτη ἦν πλήρης ἀγαθῶν ἔργων καὶ ἐλεημοσυνῶν ὧν ἐποίει. Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἀσθενήσασαν αὐτὴν ἀποθανεῖν· λούσαντες δὲ αὐτὴν ἔθηκαν ἐν ὑπερῴῳ. Ἐγγὺς δὲ οὔσης Λύδδης τῇ Ἰόππῃ, οἱ μαθηταὶ ἀκούσαντες ὅτι Πέτρος ἐστὶν ἐν αὐτῇ, ἀπέστειλαν πρὸς αὐτόν, παρακαλοῦντες μὴ ὀκνῆσαι διελθεῖν ἕως αὐτῶν. Ἀναστὰς δὲ Πέτρος συνῆλθεν αὐτοῖς· ὃν παραγενόμενον ἀνήγαγον εἰς τὸ ὑπερῷον, καὶ παρέστησαν αὐτῷ πᾶσαι αἱ χῆραι κλαίουσαι καὶ ἐπιδεικνύμεναι χιτῶνας καὶ ἱμάτια ὅσα ἐποίει μετʼ αὐτῶν οὖσα ἡ Δορκάς. Ἐκβαλὼν δὲ ἔξω πάντας ὁ Πέτρος θεὶς τὰ γόνατα προσηύξατο· καὶ ἐπιστρέψας πρὸς τὸ σῶμα, εἶπεν, Ταβηθά, ἀνάστηθι. Ἡ δὲ ἤνοιξεν τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτῆς· καὶ ἰδοῦσα τὸν Πέτρον, ἀνεκάθισεν. Δοὺς δὲ αὐτῇ χεῖρα, ἀνέστησεν αὐτήν· φωνήσας δὲ τοὺς ἁγίους καὶ τὰς χήρας, παρέστησεν αὐτὴν ζῶσαν. Γνωστὸν δὲ ἐγένετο καθʼ ὅλης τῆς Ἰόππης, καὶ πολλοὶ ἐπίστευσαν ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

Sunday of the Paralytic
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 5:1-15

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἀνέβη ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα. Ἔστι δὲ ἐν τοῖς ῾Ιεροσολύμοις ἐπὶ τῇ προβατικῇ κολυμβήθρα, ἡ ἐπιλεγομένη Ἑβραϊστὶ Βηθεσδά, πέντε στοὰς ἔχουσα. ἐν ταύταις κατέκειτο πλῆθος πολὺ τῶν ἀσθενούντων, τυφλῶν, χωλῶν, ξηρῶν, ἐκδεχομένων τὴν τοῦ ὕδατος κίνησιν. ἄγγελος γὰρ κατὰ καιρὸν κατέβαινεν ἐν τῇ κολυμβήθρᾳ, καὶ ἐταράσσετο τὸ ὕδωρ· ὁ οὖν πρῶτος ἐμβὰς μετὰ τὴν ταραχὴν τοῦ ὕδατος ὑγιὴς ἐγίνετο ᾧ δήποτε κατείχετο νοσήματι. ἦν δέ τις ἄνθρωπος ἐκεῖ τριάκοντα καὶ ὀκτὼ ἔτη ἔχων ἐν τῇ ἀσθενείᾳ αὐτοῦ. τοῦτον ἰδὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς κατακείμενον, καὶ γνοὺς ὅτι πολὺν ἤδη χρόνον ἔχει, λέγει αὐτῷ· θέλεις ὑγιὴς γενέσθαι; ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ ὁ ἀσθενῶν· Κύριε, ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἔχω, ἵνα ὅταν ταραχθῇ τὸ ὕδωρ, βάλῃ με εἰς τὴν κολυμβήθραν· ἐν ᾧ δὲ ἔρχομαι ἐγώ, ἄλλος πρὸ ἐμοῦ καταβαίνει. λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἔγειρε, ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει. καὶ εὐθέως ἐγένετο ὑγιὴς ὁ ἄνθρωπος, καὶ ἦρε τὸν κράβαττον αὐτοῦ καὶ περιεπάτει. ἦν δὲ σάββατον ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ. ἔλεγον οὖν οἱ ᾿Ιουδαῖοι τῷ τεθεραπευμένῳ· σάββατόν ἐστιν· οὐκ ἔξεστί σοι ἆραι τὸν κράβαττον. ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς· ὁ ποιήσας με ὑγιῆ, ἐκεῖνός μοι εἶπεν· ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει. ἠρώτησαν οὖν αὐτόν· τίς ἐστιν ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὁ εἰπών σοι, ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει; ὁ δὲ ἰαθεὶς οὐκ ᾔδει τίς ἐστιν· ὁ γὰρ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐξένευσεν ὄχλου ὄντος ἐν τῷ τόπῳ. μετὰ ταῦτα εὑρίσκει αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἴδε ὑγιὴς γέγονας· μηκέτι ἁμάρτανε, ἵνα μὴ χεῖρόν σοί τι γένηται. ἀπῆλθεν ὁ ἄνθρωπος καὶ ἀνήγγειλε τοῖς ᾿Ιουδαίοις ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ ποιήσας αὐτὸν ὑγιῆ.


Saints and Feasts

May 15

Barbaros the Myrrhbearer of Kerkyra

May 15

Andrew the Hermit & Wonderworker

May 15

Sunday of the Paralytic

Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.

It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool." The Lord said unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

Hymn of the Apostle St. Andrew: As first of the Apostles to receive the call, and very brother of the prince of them, intercede O Andrew, with the Master of all of us, peace to all the world to grant, and to our souls His great mercy.

Απολυτίκιο του Αποστόλου Ανδρέου: Ως των Αποσόλων πρωτόκλητος, και του κορυφαίου αυτάδελφος, τον Δεσπότην των όλων Ανδρέα ικέτευε, ειρήνην τη οικουμένη δωρήσασθαι, και ταις ψυχαίς ημών το μέγα έλεος

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε, ἀλλὰ τοῦ ᾍδου καθεῖλες τὴν δύναμιν, καὶ ἀνέστης ὡς νικητής, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, γυναιξὶ Μυροφόροις φθεγξάμενος. Χαίρετε, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις εἰρήνην δωρούμενος ὁ τοῖς πεσοῦσι παρέχων ἀνάστασιν.

Wisdom of the Fathers

In that case [Matt 9:2] there was remission of sins, (for He said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee,") but in this, warning and threats to strengthen the man for the future; "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 1, 4th Century

Great is the profit of the divine Scriptures, and all-sufficient is the aid which comes from them ... For the divine oracles are a treasury of all manner of medicines, so that whether it be needful to quench pride, to lull desire to sleep, to tread under foot the love of money, ... from them one may find abundant resource.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 5, 4th Century