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If only we could realise how blind we are! how earnestly would we try to detain Christ. O merciful Lord, open our eyes to the path of salvation. Anthony Bloom of Sourozh – St Nikolai Velimirovic

Εις Άδου Κάθοδος_Ανάσταση_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ_1ih4506Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
«Rejoice!» «Peace be unto you!»

Synaxarion From the Menaion.
On May 29 we commemorate the holy Martyr Theodosia the Virgin of Tyre (308).
On this day we also commemorate the holy monastic Martyr Theodosia of Constantinople (730).
On this day we also commemorate the holy Hieromartyr Olbian, Bishop of the city of Aneus and his disciples, in Asia Minor (284-303).
On this day we also commemorate the Martyred Fathers and Mothers of Atchara
New Martyr Andrew of Argentes, in Chios (1465)
Blessed John of Ustiug, Fool-for-Christ (1494)
The holy neo-martyr Nannos, that is John, of Thessaloniki witnessed in Smyrna and died by the sword (1802)
New Hieromartyr Euthymios (Agritellis) of Zela, in Pontus, Bishop (1921)
Icon of the Mother of God “the Surety of Sinners”
Icon of the Mother of God “Non-Slumbering Eye” (“Unsleeping Eye”)
The Fall of Constantinople, May 29th, 1453

Synaxarion From the Pentecostarion.
On this day, the sixth Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the miracle that our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ performed on the man born blind.
On this day, the Sunday of the Blind Man, is celebrated all the saints associated with Aitolia-Acarnania

Light from Light and Giver of Light,
You give eyes to the man born blind, O Logos.

Homily :
about the sin of those who assert that they can see
By St Nikolai Velimirovic

“If you were blind you would have no sin” (St. John 9:41).

Τυφλού-Christ-healing-the-blind_Исцеление слепорожденного_-263_dionisiat8These words were spoken to the Jews by Him Who gave them the Law through the prophets that the Law may serve them as the sight of the soul. The Jews received that sight but they closed their eyes intentionally and nefariously. That is why the Just Lord spoke these righteous words to them.

These words are true justice then, today and forever, for a blind man has no sin if he tramples someone else’s crop or if he removes someone else’s garment instead of his own. If he who has sight commits this, he will be committing a sin and will incur punishment. If he who has eyes, but intentionally closes his eyes and committed that, he also will be committing a sin and will incur punishment.

Nevertheless, what can be said about those who have received Baptism and Chrismation as the two eyes of the soul and, in spite of that, sin as those who are unbaptized? At the Last Judgment, they will not be treated as those who are born blind, rather they will be treated like transgressors who willfully disfigured and blinded themselves.

Still, what can be said about those who received the other Mysteries of Grace in the fullness of Orthodoxy and who have before them the examples of the saints and who constantly listen to the warnings and admonitions of God’s Church but, nevertheless, depart and go astray? At the Last Judgment, such will not be able to justify themselves with any type of blindness, rather they will be judged as transgressors who have disfigured themselves and others around them with blindness.

O awesome Lord, save us from sin. O merciful Lord, open our eyes to the path of salvation.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič


Man born blind (John IX, 1-35)
Anthony Bloom of Sourozh
19 May 1974

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

Τυφλού-Christ-healing-the-blind_Исцеление слепорожденного_20981978Before his meeting with Christ the blind man had never seen anything. Everything was dark, he had to guess at things, to explore them by touch, to use his imagination. He had no clear authentic image of things. Then he met Christ, and Christ opened his eyes. And what was the first thing this man saw? The face of Christ, His gaze; the face of God become man, the divine gaze full of attentive, compassionate love resting on him, on him alone out of the whole crowd. Straight away he came face to face with the living God and encountered the miracle which so astonishes us: that God can focus His attention on each one of us – as on the lost sheep – and not see the crowd but see the one and only person. After that the man probably surveyed everything around him, and what he had known by description, by hearsay, became reality – “now I see”.

It happens at the present time also; it can happen to each one of us. Like the man born blind we live most of our lives on alms, we sit like beggars at the roadside holding out a hand in the hope that someone will notice, if not us at least our hand, and give us something to sustain us for the next few hours at any rate. Such sustenance comes for us in the form of a friendly gaze resting upon us, a word spoken to us, a kindness done to us. But all this still leaves us by the roadside, blind and begging for help.

When Christ was passing another blind man, Bartimeus, that one did not wait for the Saviour to come up to him and ask him if he wanted to be saved, if he wanted his sight. As soon as he sensed that something unusual was happening in the noisy crowd, and in answer to his question was told who was passing by, he began to shout for help. True, people tried to stop him; true, a slight doubt may have crept into his mind, was it worth shouting, calling for help, would the Lord hear, would He respond to such a trifling need as his? He went on clamouring for help because his suffering was so great, his need was so desperate. He was prepared to push past the people, fight his way through the crowd in order to reach God and be heard by Him.

If only we could realise how blind we are! If only we could realise that our knowledge of life, not only eternal, divine life, but earthly life, depends almost entirely on hearsay, that the life around us is dim and ghostly because we are blind, or (like the other blind man in the Gospel, not immediately cured by Christ) see things in a mist. If only we could remember what the Saviour tells us about the beauty and the glory of both eternal and earthly life and not be satisfied with our blindness, how earnestly would we try to detain Christ, so that He might pierce us with His gaze and speak His sovereign, healing, life-giving word to us. Then indeed we might see the astonishing beauty of Christ’s face, the fathomless beauty of the divine gaze resting upon us with mercy and compassion and tenderness.

We use our eyes so easily, but we see little, and that superficially. Let us seek the vision that can be ours only, when our hearts become bright and pure. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God; and in the brilliance of God’s presence we might see each other, each one either illuminated by God’s love, shining with the glory of eternal life, or else wounded, darkened, expecting from us not just alms but the surrender of our whole life through love in order that he might receive sight, that to him also the Kingdom of Heaven might already be revealed on earth. Amen.

Τυφλού-Christ-healing-the-blind_Исцеление слепорожденного_0-Byzantine_ fresco-Ravanica Serbian-c.1388-1A42WZ6In your boundless mercy, giver of light, Christ our God, have mercy and save us. Amen.

Help Saint George and you, Saint Cosmas,
to take the City and the Hagia Sophia!

Now read the prophecy — how to read a newspaper: everything is clearly written. Take the Hagia Sophia and the gates will open. These gates nobody knows … Prophecies Saint Paisios the Athonite

Panagia Vlacherna guarding her City, although there are few Christians, but there are also many crypto Christians. Fr. Gerasimos Fokas

In Asia Minor, we had a lot of relics. On each piece of land you will find relics… our villages will be liberated, our enslaved homelands… faith and hope in God. Prophecy Saint Paisios the Athonite

(Plagal of the Fourth Tone)

O Champion General, we your faithful inscribe to you the prize of victory as gratitude for being rescued from calamity, O Theotokos. But since you have invincible power, free us from all kinds of perils so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, O Bride unwedded.

Troparion of St Theodosia , in Tone IV:

Thou didst right pleasingly attain unto virtue, O martyr, * and didst become a pure habitation of Christ, * the beloved abode of the Holy Spirit. * Wherefore, suffering well, thou didst put to shame the enemy * who wageth war upon the human race, * and didst cut down Copronymus with the sword of the Faith, * O Theodosia rejoicing, thou hast passed over to the heavenly bridal-chamber. * Ask thou great mercy for those ** who ever honor thee with faith.

Troparion of St Theodosia Tone 4

Through thy struggles in contest,/ O noble Theodosia,/ thou didst offer thy virginity as a gift to God the Word./ Now that He has brought thee to the heavenly bridal chamber,/ entreat Him to deliver us from all misfortune.

Troparion of St John of Ustiug Tone 5

By patience and nakedness/ thou didst expose the snares of the enemy,/ and reprove his evil work./ Thou didst suffer from heat and cold,/ and wast protected by God’s help./ Pray for those who faithfully celebrate thy memory/ and who hasten to venerate thy relics,/ that they may be delivered from misfortunes/ and avoid stumbling, O most wise John.

The Ikos.
Grant me a stream of inexpressible wisdom, and knowledge from above, O Christ, light of those in darkness and guide of those who stray; that I may recount what the divine book of the Gospel of peace teaches: the miracle of the blind man; for being blind from birth he receives both physical eyes and eyes of the soul, as he cries: You are the radiant light of those in darkness.

Glory …, both now and ever…, Tone VIII:

O Christ God, Thou noetic Sun of Righteousness, * Who by Thine most pure touch * didst bestow a twofold enlightenment * upon him who was blind from his mother’s womb, * do Thou also illumine the eyes of our souls, * and show us to be sons of the day, * that we may cry out to Thee with faith: * Great and ineffable is Thy compassion toward us, ** O Lover of mankind glory be to Thee.

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