March 20th, 2021

Sermon: St Theodore Saturday Liturgy 2021

SERMON FOR THE FIRST SATURDAY OF LENT 2021

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

This morning we heard two Gospel readings. The first, from John, was in honor of St Theodore the Recruit who miraculously appeared to the Patriarch of Constantinople to save the Orthodox faithful from defilement during the first week of the Fast. The second reading, from Mark, is the one prescribed for the day, the first Saturday of Lent. In this second reading, Jesus had just been sparring with the Pharisees over the meaning of the Sabbath, when He discovers a man in the Synagogue with a withered hand. St. Luke tells us that it was his right hand. That’s important. Why? Well, what Psalm were we singing the last three weeks? Psalm 136/137 which in part reads: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither. May my tongue cleave to my throat, if I do not remember thee; if I do not prefer Jerusalem as the chief of my joy” (verses 5 & 6).

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