Sixth Sunday of Pascha – Sunday of the Blind Man – Tone Five
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
At that time: it came to pass as we went to prayer, a certain wench having a Pythonical spirit, met us, that brought great gain to her masters by divining. This same following Paul and us, cried saying, These men are the servants of the high God, which preach unto you the way of salvation. And this she did many days. And Paul being sorry, and turning, said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to go out from her. And he went out the same hour. But her masters seeing that the hope of their gain was gone, apprehending Paul and Silas, brought them into the market place to the Princes: and presenting them to the magistrates, they said, These men trouble our city, being Jews: and they preach a fashion which it is not lawful for us to receive, nor do, being Romans. And the people ran against them: and the magistrates tearing their coats, commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they did cast them into prison, commanding the keeper that he should keep them diligently. Who when he had received such commandment, cast them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight, Paul and Silas praying, did praise God. And they that were in prison,
heard them. But suddenly there was made a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And forthwith all the doors were opened: and the hands of all were loosed. And the keeper of the prison waked out of his sleep, and seeing the doors of the prison opened, drawing out his sword, would have killed himself, supposing the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm, for we are all here. And calling for light, he went in, and trembling fell down to Paul and Silas at their feet: and bringing them forth, he said, Masters, what must I do that I may be saved? But they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus: and thou shalt be saved and thy house. And they preached the word of our Lord to him with all that were in his house. And he taking them in the same hour of the night, washed their wounds: and himself was baptized and all his house incontinent. And when he had brought them into his own house, he laid the table for them, and rejoiced with all his house, believing God.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
St. John 9:1-38.
At that time: Jesus passing by, saw a man blind from his nativity: and his Disciples asked Him, Rabbi, who hath sinned, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God may be manifested in him. I must work the work of Him that sent me, whiles it is day. The night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world. When He had said these things, He spit on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and spread the clay upon his eyes, and said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloe, which is interpreted, Sent. He went therefore, and washed: and he came seeing. Therefore the neighbors, and they which had seen him before, that he was a beggar, said, Is not this he that sat, and begged? Others said, That this is he. But others, No, not so, but he is like him. But he said, That I am he. They said therefore to him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered, That man that is called Jesus, made clay: and anointed mine eyes, and said to me, Go to the pool of Siloe, and wash. And I went, and washed, and saw.And they said to him, Where is He? He saith, I know not. They bring him that had been blind to the Pharisees. And it was the Sabbath when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Again therefore the Pharisees asked him, how he saw. But he said to them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed: and I see. Certain therefore of the Pharisees said, This Man is not of God, that keepeth not the Sabbath. But others said, How can a Man that is a sinner do these signs? And there was a schism among them. They say therefore to the blind again, Thou, what sayest thou of Him that opened thine eyes? And he said, That He is a Prophet. The Jews therefore did not believe of him, that he had been blind and saw: until they called the parents of him that saw, and asked them, saying, Is this your son, whom you say that he was born blind? How then doeth he now see? His parents answered them, and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: but how he now seeth, we know not, or who hath opened his eyes, we know not, ask himself: he is of age, let himself speak of himself. These things his parents said, because they feared the Jews. For the Jews had now conspired, that if any man should confess Him to be Christ, he should be put out of the Synagogue. Therefore did his parents say, That he is of age, ask himself. They therefore again called the man that been blind, and said to him, Give glory to God. We know that this Man is a sinner. He therefore said to them, Whether He be a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see. They said therefore to him, What did He to thee? How did He open thine eyes? He answered them, I have now told you, and you have heard: why will you hear it again? Will you also become His Disciples? They reviled him therefore, and said, Be thou His disciple: but we are the disciples of Moses. We know that to Moses God did speak: but this Man we know not whence He is. The man answered and said to them, For in this it is marvelous that you know not whence He is, and He hath opened mine eyes. And we know that sinners God doth not hear. But if a man be a server of God, and do the will of Him, him He heareth. From the beginning of the world it hath not been heard that any man hath opened the eyes of one born blind. Unless this Man were of God, He could not do anything. They answered and said to him, Thou wast wholly born in sins, and doest thou teach us? And they did cast him forth. Jesus heard that they cast him forth: and when He had found him, He said to him, Doest thou believe in the son of God? He answered, and said, Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him? And Jesus said to him, Both thou hast seen Him: and He that talketh with thee, He it is. But he said, I believe Lord. And falling down he adored Him.