24th Sunday after Pentecost 

The Healing of the Woman with an Issue of Blood 

and the Raising of the Daughter of Jairus

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

Today is The Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, and on this day we
remember St. Ioannicius the Great and Hieromartyrs Nicander and Hermas,
who were martyred in Myra, where St. Nicholas had his ministry. On
today, the reading is appointed about The Healing of the Woman with an
issue of blood and the raising of the Daughter of Jairus. The two
miracles are recounted in the same story, and although externally they
may appear to be different, they really are the same miracle. By the
way, we know who this woman who had an issue of blood is. Holy 
Tradition says that she was St. Veronica, so she is not a nameless

As we are listening  to the scriptures in the liturgy today, and the
preaching of them, don-t be complacent. It is very easy to just sit
down, and, shall we say, ?veg¦ out, and take your  rest for a little
while. We have heard this story many, many times, maybe a hundred times,
but the hundred and first time that you hear it, God will  teach you
something, if you  are listening and praying. And even seventy times
seven times, if you listen carefully with prayer, then God will teach
you something. This information is vitally important and there is
nothing more important that you can get during the week  than what
happens during the Divine Liturgy, and the All Night Vigil on Saturday

How can it be that we can listen to something more and more, and the
more that we hear it, the more important it becomes? I ask you, what are
we trying to do in this life? What is  our purpose? We are trying to
save our souls. And how  do we do this? In anything in life  we must
have some sort of plan, some sort of roadmap. We must know God, in order
 to fulfill the commandments. God reveals Himself to us, and gives  us
the strength to become like Him in moral virtues, and  to become
perfected. This is what the Christian life is,  it is self perfection. 
It is self perfection by the hand of God, with God-s help, but this
perfection can only occur if we know what it  is we must do! If we know
the commandements, and more important even than knowing the
commandments, we must know the One who gives the commandments. Because
by  knowing Him, we will know the commandments.  

We must know Whom we serve, so that we can be like the sheep that our
Lord describes in St. John-s gospel, ?My sheep  follow me because they
know my voice¦. Not intellectually, but experientially, they KNOW His
voice. We need to know Him so that we will follow His commandments more
easily. He said His commandments are not burdensome. There is a great
mystery to that statement. All of our life seems to be filled with
burdens, doesn-t it? And yet His commandments are not burdensome, and
that is not a lie, because God is not made  a liar. Why is this so? His
commandments are not burdensome IF WE LEARN OF HIM, and we learn  how
sweet He is! Doesn-t it say, ?Taste and see that the Lord is good¦? If
we, or anything in the  gospels that teaches us something about know how
sweet the Lord is , we  will want nothing else. If we read of miracles
our Lord and Savior, and we taste something of that  sweetness, it
should energize us to follow the commandments  just a little bit more.
And, God reveals Himself only to the pure.  So now we have a circle.  If
we know God more, then we-ll follow His commandments more.  And by
following His commandments we will become purified and God will reveal
Himself to us more.  He only reveals Himself to those who are capable of
understanding what He reveals and only those who will appreciate what He

Any opportunity you have to learn more about your Savior you should
grasp for, just like a man who is starving would grasp for a crust of
bread, just like a man who is in a desert and would coming upon an oasis
would bury his head in the water and would take a long, long drink. 
That-s how we should be when we hear the scriptures.  That-s how we
should when we are listening and praying in the holy liturgy or in the
all night vigil, or when we are saying our prayers in the morning or in
the evening or at any other time.

But because of the fact that we are human beings, it-s hard to always
have the same level of intensity.  God knows this.  That-s why we
celebrate the Resurrection one day a week.  We live in the reality of
the Resurrection every day.  But we don-t celebrate it every day of the
week explicitly like we do on Sunday, because God knows that it would
become commonplace  to the vast majority of us poor wretches if we did
that.  Now some of the saints, they lived in the Resurrection every day,
such as Saint Seraphim of Sarov. He would say -Christ is Risen- no
matter what time of the year it was. Nobody dared rebuke him, because
that man was living in the Resurrection.  But for the most of us, it-s
not that way.  

So there are times appointed when we should be more intense in our
spiritual life.   We are coming up on one now, aren-t we?  We-re coming
up on the Lenten period before the nativity of our Lord very, very soon.
 All the other Lenten periods are times of increased intensity in the
spiritual life, but on a weekly basis, Saturday and Sunday, those are
God-s days.  Those are the days when God is going to teach you
something.  So you don-t have the luxury right now to sit down and take
your ease and wait for the half an hour that I speak and then it-s time
for the rest of the Liturgy.  This is not an interlude.  This is part of
your salvation, as much as it-s a part of mine.  So while your body
sits, your spirit should stand up.   You should bend your ear.  You
should see what is it that God wants you to know.  There is something He
wants you know, and I don-t know what it is.  And I know that I am an
imperfect person; so are you.  But if we pray, God will complete what is
lacking, both in what I say and in what you understand.  It is a
marvelous mystery.  So let-s look at these two miracles - really they-re
the same miracle - and then let-s go forth in the strength of that
knowledge, and God will help us to do His commandments a little bit

It says in the scriptures,  ?There came a man named Jairus, and he was a
ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought
him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter,
about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying.¦  

You should know from the context, if you-ve been reading the scriptures
during the week, and if you remember from last week, that this is right
after He had healed the Gadarene demoniac.  He had done some miracles on
one side of the shore.  He had healed the centurion-s servant, which is
very similar to the miracle here, by the way.  It contrasts with it a
little bit because the centurion had much, much more faith than Jairus,
about the same as the woman with an issue of blood, because God 
commended both of them.  And then He went over to the other side of the
Gadarenes, and there He met the demoniac and healed him of the legion of
demons. And we saw how terrible free will can be when people choose that
they don-t want to know Christ.  Those people asked Christ to leave from
their coast and He did, and that-s a terrible tragedy.  

So now He is right after that period of time.  He-s gone back to the
other side and He-s walking, He-s being thronged by hundreds  of people.
 The press of a mob is upon Him, because after all, He was front page
news.  People had heard of these miracles.  They had heard of these
amazing things.    They had heard people say He speaks with authority,
not as the scribes.  This man is different,  and people wanted to be in
His presence. Those that hated Him and those that loved Him wanted to be
in His presence, because there was something about Him.  So there were
so many people around and Jairus pushes through this crowd and he
prostrates before the Lord.  Saint Mark tells us a little bit more.  He
said, ?I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her that she may be healed
and she shall live.¦  

And Jairus will get what he wishes, but will wait a while, because he
did not have such firm faith, like the centurion Cornelius who said,
?Only speak the word and my servant will be healed¦.  -I don-t even need
you to come to my house.  In fact, I am not even worthy to come to you
personally.  I am sending my servant because I am unworthy.  But I have
the faith that you will heal my servant.-  Indeed, the centurion-s
servant was healed.  And indeed Jairus- daughter will be healed, but
after a very long and very difficult time for this man who loves his
daughter and is fearful now for her life.  

So this man had an extreme need and it pushed him to Christ, just like
us. In this case his daughter was dying.  In our case it-s our sins
which beset us.  But as he went the people thronged him, it says. 
That-s important to know.  There-s a mystery in this statement.  The
fathers bring it out.  The people were thronging him.  It was a mob that
was around him, and yet later on He says, ?Who touched me?¦  His
apostles didn-t understand what He meant.  What He meant is, there are
all these people around Me, and they-re not touching Me.  They-re not
receiving salvation.  They-re not appreciating who I am.   But they-re
all around Me.  And there is also, we must understand, much waiting
necessary on the part of Jairus, because there is this big mob, and you
can-t walk quickly when there is a mob.  And not only that, but this man
who is beside himself with worry for his daughter.  He doesn-t have the
faith of  Cornelius.  He has some faith, indeed, and he has confidence
that the Lord will save his daughter, but at the moment he believes his
daughter is alive,  and he has this idea that when his daughter is dead
all is lost.  And then a woman comes up and spends more time, more
precious time, as the clock is ticking and his daughter is dying.  

?And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all
her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind
him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of
blood stanched.¦  

Saint Mark also talks about this exact miracle and he says a little bit
more.  By the way, as an aside, I want to tell you this is a perfect
example of how the Gospels were written by men inspired by God, because
if you take a look at St. Luke-s Gospel and Saint Mark-s and St.
Matthew-s, they describe the same event and give it a slightly different
perspective, but it is quite obvious that they are saying exactly the
same thing.  They are describing the exact same event, and both things
they say are true, but one elucidates a point a little different than
another.  And St. Mark gives a little more information here, very
important.  He says,  ?For she said, -If I may but touch His clothes, I
may be whole.-   She had great faith.  There is much to learn from this
very simple miracle.  This woman is not even mentioned by name in the
scriptures, although we know her name. 

Bleeding in that day made a person unclean.  A person could not go into
the temple if they were bleeding.  So this woman was outside of the
community of faith.  She couldn-t go into the temple.  She couldn-t
worship.  She had not been in the temple for twelve long years, and she
had been considered unclean for that entire period of time.  She had
spent all of her money on physicians, and still was incurable.  She had
a hopeless disease.  She must have had great despondency over this
disease.  And this disease, this bleeding, is also indicative of our
sins.  Don-t we hemorrhage sins?  Aren-t there things that we
continually do over and over again, maybe even that we don-t even know
yet, or that we won-t even admit within ourselves, even when we are
alone in our closet, that we do and that are wrong with us?  But we are
hemorrhaging.  The blood is flowing on the floor.  This woman had an
issue of blood.  And in the same way that this woman was healed, we must
be healed.  She touched Christ.  Not incidentally, not a shoulder of a
hip touching him in the way of the crowd.  But she touched his garment
with faith and with belief and with hope.  And she was made whole,
because bleeding is a sign of lack of wholeness, right?  A sign of
sickness.  But our Lord is the great Physician.  The mystery of our life
is how we are made whole, how we-re made complete.  And God makes us
complete.  And we can see that in this woman.  

Well, this woman was discovered. She really shouldn-t have done what she
did in terms of the law, because she was unclean.  She was supposed to
stay away from those people that were clean, just like lepers would stay
away from those that were clean, and cry out, ?unclean, unclean¦ as
people went by, so that they wouldn-t touch them accidentally and be
sullied, because then they-d have to go and wash themselves according to
Jewish law.  And she was discovered by the Lord, because the Lord knows
everything.  And He made a ruckus about this because he wanted to show
something, to us and to Jairus.

?And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that
were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee,
and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched
me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.¦ 

He said it to point out her faith, and He also said this to show what
touching Christ really is. His disciples didn-t understand yet. They
were still unformed, and were still arguing about who is the greatest.
They didn-t understand yet, but, oh, they would. The leaven was good in
them, and our Lord was bringing them to fruition, but they  did not
understand yet. 

What is this touching? This touching is prayer with faith. Doesn-t it
say,  ?And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye
shall receive.¦? And doesn-t is also say, ?Ask, and it shall be given
you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to
him that knocketh it shall be opened.¦? But you must ask in faith. You
must ask without doubting, without wavering, otherwise you are like the
waves tossed about in the sea like St. James talks about. 

Out Lord  also said that virtue was gone out of Him, because he is the
God-man. No Saint  would say -virtue is gone out me-. What a blasphemous
thing. You would run  from the room that such a man is in, because Satan
would be in that man, but our Lord and Savior was making a statement of
His divinity. You see, every word in the scriptures is important. We
must read  them carefully, over and over again, because we a very
foolish and dull people, and it takes  a  long time to learn everything
that the Lord wants us to know, even in the scriptures, much less the
Holy mysteries, and in all that he reveals to us in our hearts in that
still small voice in which He talks to us. 

?And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and
falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for
what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And
he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee
whole; go in peace.¦

She proclaims the reason. Look at her faith. The Lord commends her for
her faith. He does not commend Jairus, by the way. He heals Jairus-
servant, but Jairus is on a lower rung than this woman. She is like
Cornelius was, like the Woman of Caanan was, like Lazarus, with the
sores by the gate of the rich man was. This is an example for us to
imitate. This is  why the Lord made this woman known to everyone. There
is another reason as well, an incidental reason. She was afraid that she
had ?stolen¦ this miracle, and here conscience bothered her. Can you
believe this? This is  a woman who had endured 12 long years of
suffering, and her conscience bothered her,  that she not beseeched the
Lord verbally, and asked His permission to be healed. Would that we have
that kind of humility. 

So the Lord comforted here, and calmed the tempest in her, and I tell
you, she followed Him to the end of her days and became a great saint,
on the strength of what He did for her. The other reason why He brought
this miracle to light was to make Jairus confident  that his daughter
would be healed. Our Lord knew that the girl was going to die. She might
be dead already. He knew that He would not get there in time, and He
knew that Jairus needed something to hold on to, so he made this miracle
evident. It was is if He said, -Yes, Jairus, I am the God-man, and I can
 do anything that I wish, and I have told you that I would  heal your
daughter, and IT WILL BE SO.- 

And it continues in the scriptures: ?While he yet spake¦ (to the woman,
that is), ?there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house,
saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.¦ 

It seems that this was a side conversation, a whispering in the ear of
the ruler of the synagogue. -Don-t bother Him-, but our Lord heard.
Imagine the heart of Jairus at the time. My daughter  is dead, the light
of my life, all is lost. You know, I have a daughter that age. You
wouldn-t want to lose a daughter. He was hopeless, because he did  not
have strong faith yet. Death was final to him. It is NOT final. We know
this because we are Christians. 

This hopelessness is similar  to what the woman with the issue of blood,
St. Veronica, had, but she had great faith in the midst of her
hopelessness, and was healed. And Jesus heard this side conversation,
someone saying -Don-t bother Him-, and before Jairus could even start to
weep, He said: ?Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.¦
SHE SHALL BE MADE WHOLE. And you, Jairus, shall also be made whole,
because you will see what I can do. 

?Believe only¦ v that does not mean  to  do NOTHING except believe! That
means ACT according to what you believe! This is  the Christian life. In
the Christian life, we don-t just believe, we act according  to how we
believe. Sometimes it is difficult to act this way. Sometime we have
sins that we want to hold  on to , and it takes effort to loosen their
grip on us. Other times, terrible happen to us, and it takes great
patience on our part to LIVE ACCORDING TO FAITH. And this is what  is
happening to Jairus now. His daughter lies dead, and the body is growing
 cold, and the God man says  -Only believe¦. So Jairus walks with him,
and there is a germ of hope in his breast, and there is also  still a
terrible fear alongside. It-s all right! Perfect love casteth out fear.
And when he sees what  the God man will do, certainly he will grow to
have perfect love, and all  fear will be cast out from his heart. 

There is a lesson in the  road that Jairus is traveling. Who knows how
long it was, whether  it be a hundred feet, or a thousand, whether it
would have taken a minute or an hour. It must have seemed  like days to
Jairus, but he had to act above his circumstances. He had to accept what
the  Lord was saying to him, and he had to move with Him, and follow
Him. We must do the same thing. We must listen when Christ says -Only
believe-, as long as we understand  that this does not mean just an
intellectual assent to something. It means acting upon  what our Lord
has TOLD us to do, because He is the God-man. He has the right to tell
us things, and He has told us many things to do, many commandments.

?And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save
Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the

What He was trying to do was show us humility. He was trying to keep the
miracle quiet. He orchestrated  every occurrence in His ministry. There
was nothing that happened without His consent, and without His blessing.
They tried to kill  Him much, much before He was actually crucified.  In
the first year of His  ministry, he obtained mortal enemies who tried to
kill Him, and we can see in the gospels mysterious passages that say
things like  -They brought him to the brow of a hill to cast Him down,
and he passed within their midst¦. We don-t even know what this means!
Sometimes He kept  miracles quiet, other times he said to proclaim it to
everyone. Such as he said to the former  Gadarene demoniac: -proclaim to
your poor brethren who have asked me to leave, proclaim who  I am, and
some of them may yet be saved-. 

He brought only his chief disciples, Peter, James and John, along with
the father and mother inside a little bit into the house, and met those
who were mourning the little girl.  

?And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead,
but sleepeth. {53} And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was

He said this so that they would proclaim that she  was dead, so that no
one would say. ?Oh, she was only asleep¦,  or ?this  was only slight of
hand-, or this was only -mob hysteria-.  This person was really dead, 
and everyone who laughed at him proclaimed it, to show that this was a
real miracle. And He also wanted   to show that those who  do not
believe, and scoff at holy things are not worthy to see miracles, They
are not worthy to see God act, so He  cast them out of the house.

?And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying,
Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and
he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but he
charged them that they should tell no man what was done.¦

In St. Marks gospel, is other  important information. Although he gives
this miracle privately, in front of only a few people,  to show His
humility, HE also is the God-man!  And how did He  resurrect this
maiden? ?And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha
cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise¦. I am
the  God-man. I have power over death, and I reclaim you from Hades.
That is not the way that someone would heal who is just a mere mortal.
He has the authority to say  -I say to thee, arise-. 

Do you see how these miracles are the same? Do you understand the
connection, how they were one  by faith? One had greater faith than the
other, and you  see what happened with her? She was given what she
wanted right away. Of course, she had suffered twelve years. By the way,
the daughter was also twelve years old. This is interesting. She had 
suffered twelve long years of being unclean, of being ostracized. 
Because the Jews  were not very kind to those they thought were unclean.
They thought God was judging them and so they would heap  abuse on such
people. They did not understand mercy in the law, they only understood 
the black and white in the law. Our Lord came to show them the mercy
that was in the law. 

So this woman was healed immediately, if you can say after twelve years
is immediately. And Jairus was a good man and had faith. He was a ruler
of a synagogue now, and so many of the synagogues did not want to have
anything to do with Christ, because the Pharisees and the Sadducees were
putting people out of the synagogues if they would  follow Christ. Many
people wanted the admiration of men, rather than to worship  God. But
this man was rather courageous. We have to give him his due. He was also
like the man who said ?Lord I believe, help Thou my unbelief¦ (the one
who had the demoniac son). But because of his lack of faith, our Lord,
shall we say, did it the hard way for him. It was a longer road. I think
this is the  road most of us must travel, because we don-t have that
kind of faith, like the woman with  an issue of blood, St. Veronica, or
that Cornelius had, or that St.  Photini had, or  so many of the other
Saints that our Lord spoke to and saw their faith, and they  reacted
with such love and fervor so quickly to him. We are a little  bit
colder, a little more hard-hearted. We look at our circumstances  and
they appall us too easily, and they overwhelm us too easily, even
thought we have the God-man in our hearts. We don-t seem to understand
that fully, so it is  a little bit more difficult for us. 

 The previous Sunday the epistle was quite remarkable. It said: read in
the epistle: ?But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love
wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ¦- ?For by grace are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in
them.¦ I could speak for an hour on this, because these verses, among
others in the bible, are among the most badly interpreted, and give rise
to some of the worst heresies man has ever known v this idea that faith
and  works are not linked. 

There is that word again, faith. Faith is living according to Who the
God-man is! We see this faith lived out in St. Veronica and Jairus. We
see Christ as  a healer. He heals what is infirm. He completes what is
lacking. We see that this issue of  blood  shows uncleanness, the
torrent of our sins, alienation from God, hopelessness. And death is 
for many, hopelessness, and it is certainly something beyond our power.

What is your issue of blood? What is it that you cannot conquer? For
what passion does the Devil say to you -Thy daughter is dead, trouble
not the Master-? For what passion  does that temptation come into your
heart? -Trouble not the Master. You won-t improve. You  won-t get
better. You will always have problems with anger. You-ll NEVER get
better. You will never stop  having lust and uncleanness, you will
ALWAYS be lazy, you will always have unbelief in your heart. You will
always fall into this and that sin, again and again. So Trouble not the
Master. Give it up. Or better yet, you may as well give yourself up to
these sins, since you  cannot conquer them-. 

That is what the devil says! But every page of the  scripture says that
the Devil is a LIAR, because we KNOW that we can conquer our sins. We
see the God-man  conquer sins on every page of the gospel, and make
complete everything that is lacking in a man. I want to remind you
again, although I might speak long, this is so important v WHO HE  IS
Whom we  believe in, and why it is that we should have confidence!
Today-s epistle is classic Christological thought about the God-man, WHO
HE IS, and by inference, WHY we can trust in Him and why we will be
saved if we follow Him. 

The Apostle Paul says: ?For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and
hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having
abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments
contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so
making peace;¦ (This refers to the two natures  of Christ, God and man,
UNITED in ONE person, united in a mystical, but REAL way that we cannot
understand, but that is effecting our salvation.) And he continues ?and
that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having
slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were
afar off, and to them that were nigh.¦ He was talking to the Gentiles
there, and we should all consider ourselves to be a Gentile.  ?For
through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now
therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens
with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the
chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together
groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded
together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.¦

I hope that you know something of who the God-man is, and will know more
and more as you continue to live. And grasp the robe of Christ with
faith. And God will heal you of all your infirmities if you have faith.


Old Believer Sermon for the 24th  Sunday after Pentecost (unpublished)

?Drops From the Living Water¦, Bishop Augustinos,  Pp. 172-175

?The One Thing Needful¦, Archbishop Andrei of Novo-Diveevo - Pp. 146-148

?Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke¦, St. Cyril, Patriarch of
Alexandria, Pp.  195-203

?The Commentary by Blessed Theofylact on the Gospel of St. Mark¦

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 This homily was transcribed from one given On October 17th, 1996
according to the church calendar, being the Twenty Fourth Sunday after
Pentecost, and the day appointed for the commemoration St. Ioannicius
the Great and Hieromartyrs Nicander and Hermas. The Epistle reading
appointed is Ephesians Eph 2:14-22, and the Gospel is Luke 8:41-56. The
story recounted, that of the Healing of the Woman with an issue of blood
and the raising of the Daughter of Jairus, is also given in
Mark:6:22-43. There are some stylistic changes and minor corrections
made and several footnotes have been added, but otherwise, it is
essentially in a colloquial, ?spoken¦ style. It is hoped that something
in these words will help and edify the reader, but a sermon read from a
page cannot enlighten a soul as much as attendance and reverent worship
at the Vigil service, which prepares the soul for the Holy Liturgy, and
the hearing of the scriptures and the preaching of them in the context
of the Holy Divine Liturgy. In such circumstances the soul is
enlightened much more than when words are read on a page. 

 Cf. Matthew 18:22. This is an indication of an infinite number.

 Cf. John 10:4

 Cf. Matthew 11:30, ?For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.¦

 Psalm 34:1

 This is part of the Paschal Troparion  (in this context, a hymn which
?sums up¦ the meaning of the feast, and is sung in one of eight
melodies): ?Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by
death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life¦. The traditional
greeting Orthodox Christians give each other in the forty days following
Pascha (until the Ascension) is: ?Christ is risen¦, to which the
response it, ?Truly He is risen¦.

 Luke 8:41-42 

 Cf. Matthew 7:29, Mark 1:22

 Mark 5:23

 Cf. Matthew 8:8, Luke 7:7

 Luke 8:43-44

 Mark 5:28 (also cf. Matthew 9:21)

 Luke 8:45-46

 Matthew 21:22

 Luke 11:9-10

 Cf. James 1:6

 Luke 8:47-48

 Luke 8:49

 Luke 8:50

 John 4:18

 Luke 8:51

 Cf. Luke 4:29,30 (They) ?rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and
led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that
they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of
them went his way.¦

 Cf. Luke 8:39

 Luke 8:52

 Luke 8:54-56

 Mark 5:41

 Mark 9:24

 Ephesians 2:4-5

 Ephesians 2:9-10

 Ephesians 2:14-22 (the entire reading for the 24th Sunday after

The Healing of the Woman with an Issue of Blood

 and the Raising of the Daughter of Jairus

The Healing of the Woman with an Issue of Blood and the Raising of the
Daughter of Jairus

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