6th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5.
Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas (1st c.). St. Pitirím, Bishop of Tambov (1698). Ven. Moses, Wonderworker, of the Kiev Caves (Far Caves—13th-14th c.). Martyr Julian of Dalmatia (2nd c.). Martyr Eustathius (Eustace—ca. 321), of Apamea. Ven. Paul of Xeropotamou, founder of the Monastery of St. Paul on Mt. Athos (10th c.). The Smolensk “HODIGITRIA” (“THE GUIDE”) Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos (brought from Constantinople in 1046). Icon of the Mother of God “of Tenderness” (1885).
Saints Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas
Saints Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas, Apostles of the Seventy were among the first deacons in the Church of Christ.
In the Acts of the Holy Apostles (6:1-6) it is said that the twelve Apostles chose seven men: Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and appointed them to serve as deacons.
They are commemorated together on July 28, although they died at various times and in various places.
Troparion of the Sunday, tone 5
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, / born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
Troparion of the saints, tone 3
O holy apostle Prochorus, / Entreat the merciful God, / To grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.
Kontakion of the saints, tone 1
You were holy deacons and eye-witnesses of the Word, / And chosen vessel of the faith, / O glorious Nicanor, Prochorus, Parmenas and Timon. / Therefore today we celebrate your sacred memory, / Blessing you in gladness of heart.
Kontakion of the Sunday, tone 5
Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, / shattering its gates as almighty; / resurrecting the dead as Creator, / and destroying the sting of death. / Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, / and we all cry to Thee: “O Lord, save us!”
Romans 12:6-14 (Epistle)
- Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;
- or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
- he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
- Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
- Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
- not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
- rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
- distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
- Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Matthew 9:1-8 (Gospel)
- So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
- Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
- And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
- But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?
- For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?
- But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
- And he arose and departed to his house.
- Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.