Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!
Saints of the Day
October 4 / 17. Hieromartyr Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens. Opening of the Relics of St. Gurias, first Archbishop of Kazan and St. Barsanuphius, Bishop of Tver. Martyr Peter of Capetolis. Martyrs Domnina and her daughters Berenice (Bernice) and Prosdoce of Syria. Martyr Adauctus and his daughter St. Callisthene of Ephesus. St. Ammon of Egypt. St. Paul the Simple of Egypt. Martyrs Gaius, Faustus, Eusebius, and Chaeremon of Alexandria. St. Vladimir Yaroslavich, prince of Novgorod, and his mother St. Anna. Saints Helladius, Onesimus and Ammon of the Kiev Caves. Martyr Stephen Stiljianovitch of Serbia. (Greek Calendar: St. John Lampadistus. Blessed Elizabeth of Serbia.) Repose of Righteous Youth Peter Michurin (1820).
Photo of the Day
Kursk-Root Icon carried in procession by Abbot Tryphon, with Hieromonk Paul leading the way. We were able to bless all the monastic cells, and the library, with this miraculous icon of the Mother of God.
Quote of the Day
“…all things, including prayer itself, are obtained through prayer.”
Elder Joseph of Optina
Scripture Readings for the Day
1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 16
Collection for the Saints
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: 2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. 3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic
17 Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. 19 And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.
20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”