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SUNDAY, June 2nd, 2019 Nikephoros Pat. Of Constantinople; Erasmos of Ochrid Orthros: Plagal First Gospel: John 20: 11-18 Epistle: Acts 16: 16-34 Page: 56 (Red Books) Gospel: John 9: 1-38 Page: 58 (Red Books) Sunday of the Blind Man After the Midfeast (John 7:14), the Lord Jesus Christ came to the Temple again and taught the people who came to Him (John 8:2). After leaving the Temple, He opened the eyes of a man “who was blind from his birth (John 9:1). The miracle described in today’s Gospel (John 9:1-38) is even more remarkable than it might seem at first. Saint Basil and other Fathers tell us that this was not just a case of giving sight to a blind man born with eyes that did not function, but to someone who had no eyes at all! The second Exapostilarion for this Sunday says, “Along the way, our Savior found a man who lacked both sight and eyes...”. The Gospel says, “Since the world began, it was not heard that any man opened the eyes of one who was born blind” (John 9:32). There are examples in the Old (Tobit 2:17) and New (Mark 8:22-26) Testaments of blind people receiving sight, but this is something completely unprecedented. The Savior placed clay in the man’s empty sockets and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. When he obeyed these instructions, the eyes of clay became living eyes! In his MENAION, Saint Demetrius of Rostov calls the blind man Saint Celidonius (see his account of Saint Lazarus in the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles on January 4). https://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/05/25/40-sunday-of-the-blind-man 1. APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION (Fifth Mode) Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life. 2. HYMN OF THE SMALL ENTRANCE (Second Mode) In the congregation bless God the Lord, who springs out of Israel. Save us, O Son of God who rose from the dead, To you we sing, Alleluia! 3. RESURRECTION APOLYTIKION (Plagal First Mode) Let us worship the Word Who is unoriginate with the Father and the Spirit, and from a virgin was born for our salvation, O believers, and let us sing His praise. For in His goodness He was pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, and to undergo death, and to raise up those who had died, by His glorious Resurrection. 4. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Fourth Mode) Today is the beginning of our salvation, and the revelation of the mystery of ages. The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin. And Gabriel proclaims this gift from God. Together with him we cry out to You, O Theotokos: “Hail thou full of grace, the Lord is with you.” 5. KONTAKION (Plagal Fourth Mode) Though You went down into the tomb, O Immortal One, yet You brought down the dominion of Hades; and You rose as the victor, O Christ our God; and You called out "Rejoice" to the Myrrh-bearing women, and gave peace to Your Apostles, O Lord who to the fallen grant resurrection. 1. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΣΧΑ (Ηχ. Πλ. Α) Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι, ζωὴν χαρισάμενος.  2. ΕΙΣΟΔΙΚΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΣΧΑ (Ηχ. Β) Ἐν Ἐκκλησίαις εὐλογεῖτε τὸν Θεόν, Κύριον ἐκ πηγῶν Ἰσραήλ. Σῶσον ἡμᾶς, Υἱὲ Θεοῦ, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ νεκρῶν ψάλλοντάς σοι. Ἀλληλούϊα. 3. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΜΟ ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. Πλ. α) Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ. 4. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΝΑΟΥ (Ηχ. δ’) Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τό Κεφάλαιον, καί τοῦ ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις· ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱός τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται, καί Γαβριήλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται. Διό καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν· Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ. 5. ΚΟΝΤΑΚΙΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΣΧΑ (Ηχ. Πλ. Δ) Εἰ καί ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες Ἀθάνατε, ἀλλά τοῦ Ἅδου καθεῖλες τήν δύναμιν· καί ἀνέστης ὡς νικητής, Χριστέ ὁ Θεός, γυναιξί Μυροφόροις φθεγξάμενος· Χαίρετε· καί τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις, εἰρήνην δωρούμενος, ὁ τοῖς πεσοῦσι παρέχων Ἀνάστασιν.

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