Epistle Reading: Acts 9:32-42
Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the
country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda.
There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been
bedridden eight years and was paralyzed.
And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you.
Arise and make your bed." Then he arose immediately.
So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the
At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is
translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds
which she did.
But it happened in those days that she became sick and died.
When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.
And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard
that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay
in coming to them.
Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they
brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping,
showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with
But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And
turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and
when she saw Peter she sat up.
Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had
called the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on
Gospel Reading: John 5:1-15
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is
called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame,
paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.
For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and
stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of
the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had
been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made
The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into
the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps
down before me."
Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk."
And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and
walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the
Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed."
He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, 'Take up
your bed and walk.' "
Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, 'Take up
your bed and walk'?"
But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus
had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See,
you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you."
The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had
made him well.
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Martyr Glyceria; Sergios the Confessor; Alexandros the Martyr