Apostle of the Seventy and Hieromartyr Symeon the Kinsman of the Lord, bishop of Jerusalem (107). Righteous Tabitha of Joppa (1st c.).
St. Eulogius the Hospitable, of Constantinople (6th c.). St. Stephen, abbot of the Kiev Caves and bishop of Vladimir in Volhynia (1094). Second translation of the relics (1711) of Martyr Abraham of the Bulgars on the Volga (1230). St. Basil (Kishkin), hieroschemamonk of Glinsk and Ploshchansk hermitages (1831).
New Hieromartyrs Paul Svetozarov, archpriest, and John Rozhdestvensky, priest, and with them Martyrs Peter Yazykov, Nicholas Malkov, Auxentius Kalashnikov, Sergius Mefodiev, and Anastasia of Shui and Palekh (Vladimir) (1922). Glorification of New Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky), archbishop of Verey (1999).
St. Pollion the Reader, of Cibalis in Pannonia (306). St. Nicon, abbot, of the monastery of St. Gerasimus (6th c.). St. Floribert, bishop of Luik (Neth.) (746). St. John the Confessor, abbot, of Cathares Monastery at Constantinople (832). Burning of the relics of St. Sava I of Serbia by the Turks (1595). New Martyr Theodore of Byzantium, who died at Mytilene (1795). All Saints of Euboea.
Sunday of the Paralytic. [Acts 9:32–42; John
Behold, thou art made whole: sin no
more, lest a worse thing come unto thee (John 5:14).
Sin does not strike only the soul, but the body as well.
In some cases this is exceedingly obvious; in others,
although not so clearly, the truth remains that the
illnesses of the body always stem from sins. A sin is
committed in the soul and directly makes it sick; but
since the life of the body comes from the soul, then the
life coming from a sick soul is of course not healthy. The
mere fact that sin brings darkness and sorrow must
unfavourably act on the blood, in which lies the basis of
bodily health. But when you remember that it separates man
from God, the Source of life, and places man in disharmony
with all laws acting in himself and in nature, then one
must marvel how a sinner remains alive after sinning. This
is the mercy of God, Who awaits repentance and conversion.
Consequently, a sick person must rush first of all to be
cleansed of sins and make peace with God in his
conscience. This paves the way for the beneficial action
of medicine. They say that there was one distinguished
doctor who would not begin treatment until the patient had
confessed and received the holy Mysteries; and the more
serious the disease, the more urgently he insisted upon