The Sunday of the Paralytic

At the beginning of the Liturgy, the Priest sings “Christ is risen” 2 ˝ times, and the Choir finishes

the last half.

Beatitude Verses: 4 of the Resurrection,  4 from Ode 6 of the Pentecostarion

1. From paradise didst Thou drive our forefather Adam, who had broken Thy 
commandment, O Christ; but, O Compassionate One, Thou didst cause to dwell therein 
the thief who confessed Thee on the cross, crying out: “Remember me, O Savior, in Thy 
2. In rising from the dead, Thou hast raised us up from the passions with Thyself through 
Thy resurrection, O Lord; and all the power of death hast Thou destroyed, O Savior.  
Wherefore, with faith we cry out to Thee: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”
3. O Thou who as God grantest life, by Thy three days in the tomb Thou didst raise up 
with Thyself the dead in hell, and as One Who is good Thou hast poured forth 
incorruption upon all of us who with faith ever cry out: “Remember us also in Thy 
4. With the curse of death didst Thou condemn us who had sinned, O Lord, Bestower of 
life; yet having suffered in Thy flesh, O sinless Master, Thou hast granted life unto 
mortals who cry out: “Remember us also in Thy kingdom!”

5.  Of Thine own will Thou wast lifted up upon the Tree, and laid as one dead in the

sepulchre, and having quickened together all of them that were dead in Hades, O Christ,

Thou didst raise them by Thy divine power.


6. When Hades met Thee below, O Compassionate One, it was embittered, and in haste it

gave up them that it held in bonds, who with unceasing voices praise Thine awesome

Resurrection, O Savior.


7. When he that aforetime lay for many years upon a bed of affliction was made whole by

Thy command, O Christ, he glorified and praised Thy compassion, O Giver of life.


8. He that sustaineth all things by His divine command is held in thine arms, O Virgin

Theotokos, and since He is compassionate He doth rescue us from the enslaving hand of

the evil one.

Tone 3:  Let the heavens be glad; let earthly things rejoice; * for the Lord hath wrought 
might with His arm. * He hath trampled down death by death; * the first-born of the dead 
hath He become. *  From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us * and Hath granted to 
the world great mercy.

Glory… Both now… Tone 3:  We hymn thee who hast mediated the salvation of our

race, O Virgin Theotokos; for thy Son and our God, accepting suffering on the Cross in

the flesh He had received of thee, hath delivered us from corruption, in that He is the

Lover of mankind.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 1st Tone:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according

as we have hoped in Thee.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Reader:  Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.

Choir:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

Reader:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.

Choir:  According as we have hoped in Thee.


Reader: The Reading is from the Acts of the Holy Apostles:

[Acts 9:32-42]


Reader: Alleluia in the 5th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Of Thy mercies, O Lord, will I sing forever, unto generation and generation.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  For Thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up forever.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [John 5:1-15]




Tone 3:  As of old Thou didst raise the paralytic, O Lord, by Thy Divine presence, raise

my soul which is paralyzed grievously by all manner of sins and unseemly deeds, that

being saved I may cry out: O compassionate Christ, glory be to Thy power.


Glory… Both now… Tone 8:  Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal, * Thou

didst destroy the power of death. * In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, *

proclaiming “Rejoice!” to the myrrh-bearing women; * granting peace to Thine apostles,

* and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.


Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the

Canon of the feast, first Tone:

               Refrain:  The angel cried unto her that is full of grace: Rejoice, O pure Virgin!

And again I say, rejoice!  For thy Son is risen from the grave on the third day, and hath

raised the dead, O ye people, be joyful!

               Irmos:   Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon

thee; dance now and be glad, O Zion, and do thou exult, O pure Theotokos, in the arising

of Him Whom thou didst bear.


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