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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

Sunday, July 2, 2017

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: THE HOLY APOSTLE JUDE; THE VENERABLE PAISIUS THE GREAT; SAINT JOHN THE WONDERWORKER OF SHANGHAI & SAN FRANCISCO

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE THREE:
Let the heavens rejoice!  Let the earth be glad!  For the Lord has shown strength with His arm!  He has trampled down death by death!  He has become the first-born of the dead!  He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted the world great mercy!
     
TROPARION TO THE HOLY APOSTLE JUDE – TONE ONE:
Divinely we praise you, O Jude, as a faithful witness, knowing you to be the brother of Christ.  You trampled on delusion, and so preserved the faith.  Today as we celebrate your holy memory, by your intercessions we receive remission of sins.

TROPARION TO SAINT PAISIUS THE GREAT – TONE FOUR: The sublime monk and incarnate angel, the bodiless man and citizen of heaven, as he celebrates with us today, grants grace to all who honor him.  Let us fervently magnify him.

TROPARION TO SAINT JOHN THE WONDERWORKER – TONE FIVE: Lo, your care for your flock in its sojourn prefigured the supplications which you ever offer up for the whole world; thus do we believe, having come to know your love, O holy hierarch and wonderworker John.  Wholly sanctified by God through the ministry of the all-pure Mysteries, and yourself ever strengthened thereby, you hastened unto suffering, O most gladsome healer.  Hasten now also to the aid of us who honor you with all our heart.

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE THREE:
On this day You arose from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death.  On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; with the prophets and the patriarchs they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power! 

KONTAKION TO THE HOLY APOSTLE JUDE – TONE TWO:
You were chosen as a disciple for your firmness of mind: an unshakable pillar of the Church of Christ, you proclaimed His word to the Gentiles, telling them to believe in one Godhead.  You were glorified by Him, receiving the grace of healing, healing the ills of all who came to you, O most praised Apostle Jude!

KONTAKION TO SAINT PAISIUS THE GREAT – TONE EIGHT: Let us, the faithful, sing praises to divinely-wise Paisius: the desert’s adornment, equal-to-the-angels, Christ’s friend and the glory of monks.  Let us cry to him: Rejoice, O father Paisius!

KONTAKION TO SAINT JOHN THE WONDERWORKER – TONE FOUR: Following Christ, the chief Shepherd, you were shown to be most excellent among hierarchs; for you saved your sheep from destruction by the godless, arranging a tranquil refuge for them; and exercising unceasing care for your flock, you healed the infirmities of their souls and bodies.  Entreat Christ God now for us who fall down before your precious relics, O father John, that our souls may be saved in peace. 

HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD - TONE SIX:
Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant advocate before the Creator, do not despise the cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith.  Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you!

EPISTLE READING

PROKEIMENON IN TONE THREE:
Sing praises to our God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: ROMANS 6: 18-23  
Brethren, having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.  For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.  For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed?  For the end of those things is death.  But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
            
THE ALLELUIA VERSES:
In You O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be put to shame!  Be a God of protection for me, a house of refuge, in order to save me!

GOSPEL READING

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: MATTHEW 8: 5-13 
At that time, when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”  And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”  The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof.  But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.  For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me.  And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!  And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.  But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness.  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”  And his servant was healed that same hour.

FROM THE PROLOGUE:
JUNE 19/JULY 2, BY SAINT NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC:

The Holy Apostle Jude
St. Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was the son of Joseph and Salome and the brother of James, the brother of the Lord. Joseph the carpenter had four sons with Salome: James, Hosea, Simon and Jude. This Jude is sometimes called “Jude, the brother of James” due to his brother being better-known (Luke 6:16, Acts 1:13). St. Jude begins his epistle in this manner: Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James (Jude 1:1). Even though he could call himself the brother of the Lord as much as James, he did not do this, out of humility and shame, for he did not at first believe in Christ the Lord. When the elderly Joseph, before his death, wanted to leave a portion of his estate to Jesus, as well as to his other children, all of them protested, even Jude. Only James voluntarily set aside a share of his portion and intended it for Jesus. Jude is also called Levi and Thaddaeus. There is another Thaddaeus of the Seventy Apostles (August 21), but this Thaddaeus or Jude was one of the Great Apostles. Jude preached the Gospel throughout Judea, Samaria, Galilee, Idumea, Syria, Arabia, Mesopotamia and Armenia. In Edessa, the town of Abgar, he augmented the preaching of the other Thaddaeus. When Jude was preaching in the regions around Ararat, he was captured by pagans, crucified on a cross and killed by being shot with arrows, that he might reign eternally in the Kingdom of Christ.

The Venerable Paisius the Great
Paisius was an Egyptian by birth and language. After a vision in a dream, his mother dedicated him to the service of God. As a young man, Paisius came to the Venerable Pambo, who received him as his disciple and as a fellow disciple of the Venerable John the Dwarf, who later wrote the life of Paisius. To the joy of his spiritual father, Paisius added labor to labor and ascetic feat to ascetic feat. Many times the Prophet Jeremiah, whom he especially loved and often read, appeared to him. Angels of God also often appeared to him and even the Lord Christ Himself. “Peace be with thee, my beloved chosen one!” the Lord Christ said to him. By the great grace of God, Paisius possessed the special gift of abstaining from food. Often he did not taste bread for fifteen days, more often for a week, and once, according to the testimony of St. John the Dwarf, he went for seventy days without partaking of anything. He waged a great struggle with the spirits of evil, who appeared to him at times exactly as they are and at times in the form of radiant angels. But the blessed servant of God did not permit himself to be deceived and beguiled. Paisius was famous throughout Egypt as a clairvoyant and miracle-worker. He took up his habitation in eternity in the year 400. The Venerable Isidore of Pelusium translated the relics of Paisius to his monastery and honorably buried them.

The Holy Martyr Zosimas
Zosimas was a Roman soldier during the reign of Emperor Trajan. He courageously confessed his faith in Christ the Lord, for which he endured cruel tortures. In the midst of his tortures, he heard a voice from heaven saying: “Be brave, Zosimas, and sign thyself with the Cross. I am with thee!” Angels of God appeared to him in prison. After many tortures, Zosimas was beheaded in the year 116.

The Venerable John the Solitary
John lived a life of asceticism in the sixth century in the proximity of Jerusalem. Through his asceticism, he achieved a high degree of purity and power, so that wild beasts were submissive to him. John reposed in the Lord in extreme old age, in the year 586.

HYMN OF PRAISE: The Venerable Paisius the Great
Paisius the Great from the earliest age
Closed the doors of all desires behind him.
He lifted his spirit up to God, his only desire,
Like all the great saints of old.
The monks asked the wondrous Paisius:
“Which virtue is most pleasing to God?”
“That which is hidden!” said Paisius to them,
“And that which is made known is not pleasing to God.”
When Paisius had glorified God by his life,
The glorified Lord Christ appeared unto him:
“Peace be to thee, O Saint. What dost thou wish? Tell me.
According to thy wish, so will it be. Ask and receive!”
When he heard these words from the Lord, 
Paisius gave himself over to weeping like a child.
“O gentle Lord, a man of great sin am I,
And because of my many sins I am greatly downcast.
According to Thy mercy, forgive me my sins,
All my sins, O God, from my early youth.
And grant me strength for future times,
That with new sins I will not burden my yoke,
That to the end of my life I may do Thy will
And burn for Thee with greater love.”
The Lord fulfilled for him this wise desire,
And granted a blessing to His saint.

REFLECTION
The monks once inquired of Paisius the Great: “Father, speak to us a word of salvation. How should we live according to God?” The elder replied to them: “Go and keep the commandments of God and preserve the tradition of the Fathers.” The tradition of the Fathers is the experience of the saints in the spiritual field, the enormous experience of nearly two thousand years, the experience of many hundreds and thousands of holy men and women. What an extremely rich depository of wisdom! What an immense mass of proofs of every truth of Holy Scripture! All that wealth, all that wisdom, all those proofs, all that experience, the Protestants have rejected! Oh, what inexpressible madness! Oh, the poverty of beggars!

CONTEMPLATION

Contemplate the miraculous healing of the two blind men (Matthew 20:30):

1. How the two blind men cried out to the Lord: Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David;
2. How the merciful Lord touched their eyes and they saw;
3. How I also am blinded by sin; and how even I can see if I cry out to the Lord to touch me.

HOMILY on revenge and the Avenger

Say not, I will repay evil! Trust in the Lord and He will help you (Proverbs 20:22).

Do not be vengeful; do not return evil for evil. The evil from your neighbor is sufficient. If you return evil for evil to him, you will double the evil in the world. If you do not return evil for evil to him, he can still burn away his evil through repentance. Thus, through patience and forgiveness, you will reduce the evil in the world.

Do not be vengeful; do not return evil for evil, but wait on the Lord. He sees and remembers, and in your own time both you and he who does you evil will know that God sees and remembers. You ask yourself: What have I done in not returning evil for evil? You have done the wisest deed that you could do in the given situation, i.e., you have relinquished your struggle to the One stronger than yourself, and the stronger One will fight victoriously for you. If you enter into battle with the evildoer, you might be defeated. But God cannot be defeated. Therefore, relinquish your struggle to the victorious and undefeated One and patiently wait.

Learn from a small child. If someone attacks a child in the presence of his parents, the child does not return the attack by attacking, but rather looks to his parents and cries. The child knows that his parents will protect him. How is it that you do not know what a little child knows? Your heavenly Parent is constantly beside you. Thus, do not be vengeful; do not return evil for evil; rather look to your Parent and cry. Only in this way will you guarantee victory for yourself in the conflict with evil men.

O Almighty Lord, Who didst say: Vengeance is Mine (Romans 12:19, Hebrews 10:30), protect us from the unrighteous ones by Thine almighty hand, and restrain us from vengeance. Counsel us by Thy Holy Spirit that the greater heroism is to endure rather than to avenge.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.

Note the Salome of Bethlehem, but another.

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