St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Sunday of the Paralytic

“... As we examine the story of the paralytic in greater depth, it is important to see that in its original context the Bethesda pool was not a source of salvation for the paralytic, but a rival alternative to it, if not its positive impediment. Remember the details of the story: the paralytic sat languishing by the pool, thirty-eight years in his wretched condition, hoping for healing. When the pool’s waters were stirred (by an angel, as everyone thought), he hoped to be the first one into the pool to soak up the angel’s divine power and be cured, but being paralyzed, he was too slow, and someone always beat him to the pool. So, he waited and waited, hoping to find salvation one day in the pool.

It was there that Jesus found him. When Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6), he didn’t say, “Yes Lord, please heal me!” He was still hoping to get into the pool, and he answered, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” But salvation wasn’t in the pool. It was in Jesus. Jesus simply said, “Rise, take your pallet, and walk,” and the man did. He didn’t need the pool after all. All he needed was Jesus...

Like the paralytic who had to stop relying on the pool for salvation and turn instead to Christ, so Israel had to stop relying upon the Law to save them, and also turn to Christ.

This is the newness of Pascha, and the new life given to us in baptism. The paralytic found this life not in the old pool, but in the living Christ. Our Paschal season reminds us that this is where we find new life and constant renewal as well.”

- from Archpriest Lawrence Farley, The Paralytic and the Pool (May 10, 2014)

SERVICE SCHEDULE All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.
Please watch the Messenger and website for places/times of other services.

Schedule of ServicesTuesday, May 21
6:15 p.m. Vespers

, May 22
Midfeast of Pentecost
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, May 23
Venerable Euphrosyne, Abbess of Polotsk
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, May 25
3:30 p.m. Cherry Baptism
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers

Sunday, May 26
5th Sunday after Pascha
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
3:00 p.m. Pilacinski/Džugan Wedding @ Cathedral


NOTE: Elevators available at both the Cathedral and the Parish Center.

This Week's EventsMonday, May 20
Church Office Closed
NO Peroghi making
1:00 p.m. Salad Luncheon Prep

Tuesday, May 21
NO Peroghi making
9:00 a.m. Salad Luncheon Prep
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal
7:00 p.m. Men’s Bible Study

Wednesday, May 22
9:00 a.m. Salad Luncheon Prep
NO Slovak Class until May 29
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, May 23
9:00 a.m. Salad Luncheon Prep
11:00 a.m. Women’s Club Spring Salad Luncheon

Friday, May 24
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Perohi Sales


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