Fourth Sunday of Pascha – Sunday of the Healing of the Paralytic – Tone Three
Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 3.
Let those in heaven be glad, and let those on earth rejoice; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm; having trampled down death by death, He is become the first-born from the dead. From the belly of Hades hath he delivered us, and hath granted the world great mercy.
Kontakion of the Paralytic, Tone 3.
As of old Thou didst raise up the paralytic, O Lord, in Thy divine love for mankind raise up my soul, which is palsied by wrongful acts and sins of every kind, that, being saved, I may also cry out: O compassionate Christ, grant me healing.
Now and ever.
Kontakion of Pascha, Tone 8.
Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of Hades, and didst arise as Victor, O Christ God, announcing joy to the myrrh-bearing women, and giving peace to Thine Apostles, O Thou Who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.
Prokimenon, Tone 1.
Psalm 32:21, 1.
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us: as we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just: praise becometh the upright.
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §23 (9:32-42).
In those days: Peter, visiting all, came to the saints who dwelt at Lydda. And he found there a certain man named Eneas, who had kept his bed for eight years, who was ill of the palsy. And Peter said to him: Eneas, the Lord Jesus Christ healeth thee: arise, and make thy bed. And immediately he arose. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron, saw him: who were converted to the Lord. And in Joppe there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days that she was sick, and died. Whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppe, the disciples hearing that Peter was there, sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not be slack to come unto them. And Peter rising up, went with them. And when he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber. And all the widows stood about him weeping, and shewing him the coats and garments which Dorcas made them. And they all being put forth, Peter kneeling down prayed, and turning to the body, he said: Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes; and seeing Peter, she sat up. And giving her his hand, he lifted her up. And when he had called the saints and the widows, he presented her alive. And it was made known throughout all Joppe; and many believed in the Lord.
Alleluia, Tone 5.
Verse 1: The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever. I will shew forth Thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation.
Verse 2: For Thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up forever.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §14 (5:1-15).
At that time: Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered; waiting for the moving of the water. And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole, of whatsoever infirmity he lay under. And there was a certain man there, that had been eight and thirty years under his infirmity. Him when Jesus had seen lying, and knew that he had been now a long time, he saith to him: Wilt thou be made whole? The infirm man answered him: Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pond. For whilst I am coming, another goeth down before me. Jesus saith to him: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole: and he took up his bed, and walked. And it was the sabbath that day. The Jews therefore said to him that was healed: It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for thee to take up thy bed. He answered them: He that made me whole, he said to me, Take up thy bed, and walk. They asked him therefore: Who is that man who said to thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? But he who was healed, knew not who it was; for Jesus went aside from the multitude standing in the place. Afterwards, Jesus findeth him in the temple, and saith to him: Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to thee. The man went his way, and told the Jews, that it was Jesus who had made him whole.
Shine, shine, New Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord hath shown upon thee. Exult now, and make glad, O Sion; and thou, pure Mother of God, rejoice in the rising of thy Child.
Receive the body of Christ, taste the font of immortality.
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye Him in the high places. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.