Orthodox Calendar 2020
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May 10
4th Sunday of Pascha. Sunday of the Paralytic. Tone 3.
No fast.

Совершается служба на шестьApostle of the Seventy and Hieromartyr Symeon the Kinsman of the Lord, bishop of Jerusalem (107). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомRighteous 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). Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSecond 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.

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse

Sunday of the Paralytic. [Acts 9:32–42; John 5:1–15]

   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 this.


Righteous Tabitha: Living for God

Roman Savchuk

The humble acceptance of what happens as being how it should, and gratefulness for everything God sends is the answer of the mighty, but other-worldly. Here the main strength is not judging, not trying to decide for God what is best for our lives, where we can bring the most benefit.

St. Eulogius the Hospitable of Constantinople

Saint Eulogius the Hospitable lived during the fourth century in the Thebaid.

Venerable Stephen the Abbot of the Kiev Far Caves, and Bishop of Vladimir, in Volhynia

Saint Stephen, Igumen of the Caves, Bishop of Vladimir in Volhynia, pursued asceticism at the Kiev Caves monastery under the guidance of Saint Theodosius (May 3). Saint Theodosius sometimes entrusted him to exhort the brethren with edifying words.

The Life of Holy Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky), Archbishop of Verey

One of the most eminent figures of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1920s was Archbishop Hilarion of Verey, an outstanding theologian and extremely talented individual. Throughout his life he burned with great love for the Church of Christ, right up to his martyric death for her sake. His literary works are distinguished by their strictly ecclesiastical content and his tireless struggle against scholasticism, specifically Latinism, which had been influencing the Russian Church from the time of Metropolitan Peter Moghila [of Kiev].

Reverend Hilarion Troitsky

In the morning the sun chased away the mists shrouding the beach. And at that point everyone saw the boat returning… It contained not four but nine people. And then everyone gathered on the quay, — monks, prisoners, guards, — all crossed themselves and went down on their knees. “A Miracle, indeed! The Lord has saved them!” came cries from the crowd.

Service to Holy Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky) of Verey

All thy hope didst thou set on God, following His divine will; and in time of persecution thou didst take up the archpastoral staff as a cross, preparing thyself for martyrdom for the sake of Christ. Him didst thou confess before thy tormenters, enduring sufferings. And standing now before Christ, O Hilarion, thou dost rejoice with the holy Patriarch Tikhon. O Hilarion, most honored master, thy life was truly lived in accordance with thy name; for, having the serenity of prayer within thee, thou didst make manifest the joy of Pascha unto all.

The Life of Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky), Archbishop of Verea

Andrei Gorbachev

“He simply would give away everything that he had—which they asked for. He wasn’t interested in his things. So someone, out of charity, had to look after his suitcase at any rate. And he had such a helper on Solovki, too…"