On the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, the Scripture reading used in the entire Orthodox Church relates about the dialogue between a centurion and Lord Jesus Christ. This fragment is present in the Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 8, verses 5-13:
5And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir, on the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in Chisinau Metropolitan Cathedral by His Grace Vicar Bishop Siluan of Orhei.
Bishop Siluan was assisted at the service by the cathedral clergy, who prayed along with numerous church-goers gathered around the Holy Altar to give glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the archpastoral guidance word, His Grace Siluan mentioned:
“This Sunday’s Gospel Reading teaches us to be perseverant in or faith and to entrust our lives and concerns to God. Lord Jesus Himself, seeing the faith of the centurion, marveled, as the Gospel witnesses, “and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” Mat. 8, 10.
We should pray to our Lord that He gives us the faith of the mentioned Roman centurion. His faith and humility, and his love for his sick servant, are virtues that so many of today’s Christians lack”, said Bishop Siluan.
After the Lord’s Prayer, many of the Christians present at the Liturgy communed with the Lord’s Flesh and Blood, giving glory to our Saviour Jesus Christ.
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