The Fifth Sunday of Lent - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

April 5, 2020

GOSPEL READING: [Mark 10:32–45] Jesus a Third Time Predicts His Death and Resurrection 32 Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: 33 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock Him, and [a]scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”

Greatness Is Serving 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 37 They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; 40 but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” *** ПЕТТА НЕДЕЛА ОД ВЕЛИГДЕНСКИОТ ПОСТ – НЕДЕЛА НА СВЕТА МАРИЈА ЕГИПЕТСКА ЕВАНГЕЛСКО ЧЕТИВО: (Марко 10, 32-45) 32. Кога беа на пат, искачувајќи се за Ерусалим, Исус одеше пред нив, а тие беа уплашени, па, врвејќи по Него, се боеја. И кога ги повика повторно дванаесетте, почна да им зборува за она што ќе се случи со Него. 33. Ете, се искачуваме кон Ерусалим и Синот Човечки ќе биде предаден на првосвештениците и книжниците, и ќе Го осудат на смрт и ќе Го предадат на незнабошците. 34. И ќе Го исмеат, и ќе Го бијат, и ќе Го плукаат, и ќе Го убијат, и на третиот ден ќе воскресне. 35. Тогаш пристапија кон Него Зеведеевите синови, Јаков и Јован, и рекоа: „Учителе, сакаме да ни направиш она, што ќе побараме.” 36. Он ги праша: „Што сакате да ви направам?” 37. А тие Му одговорија: „Дај ни да седнеме до Тебе, едниот оддесно, а другиот одлево, во славата Твоја.” 38. Но Он им рече: „Не знаете што барате. Можете ли да ја испиете чашата што ја пијам Јас и да се крстите со крштавањето, со кое се крштавам Јас?” 39. Тие одговорија: „Можеме.” А Исус им рече: „Чашата, што ја пијам Јас, ќе ја пиете и вие, и со крштавањето, со кое се крштавам Јас, ќе се крстите; 40. но, да позволам да се седи од Мојата десна или лева страна, не зависи од Мене; тоа е за оние, за кои е приготвено.” 41. Десетте, пак, штом го чуја тоа, негодуваа против Јакова и Јована. 42. А Исус, кога ги повика, им рече: „Знаете дека оние, што се сметаат кнезови народни, господарат над нив, и управниците управуваат над нив. 43. Но меѓу вас нека не биде така; а кој меѓу вас сака да биде поголем, нека ви биде слуга; 44. и кој сака меѓу вас да биде прв, нека ви биде роб на сите. 45. Зашто и Синот Човечки не дојде за да Му служат, но да послужи и да ја даде душата Своја за откуп на мнозина.” *** ON THE SUNDAY OF ST MARY OF EGYPT In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. At the end of the coming week Great Lent will be over. Next Saturday is Lazarus Saturday, which is followed by Palm Sunday, the Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, and then by Passion Week. However, today we commemorate another entry into Jerusalem, not the Entry into Jerusalem of our Lord, but the entry into Jerusalem of Mary of Egypt. Who was she and what is her significance today?

Born in Alexandria in Egypt in the middle of the fifth century, as a young girl Mary fell into the vice of prostitution. For seventeen years, from the age of 12 until the age of 29, she lived the life of a harlot. However, once finding herself in Jerusalem, out of curiosity, she went to see the Precious Cross of Christ. She found that she was unable to enter the church where St Helen had placed the Cross, for some invisible force prevented her from entering in. So frightened was she at this that she asked the Mother of God through an icon at the entrance to the church, why this was. The Mother of God replied to her that Mary first needed to repent and obey her. Only after promising to do this was Mary allowed to enter the church in Jerusalem. After then entering and venerating the Cross, Mary heard the Mother of God telling her: 'If you cross the Jordan, you will find true peace'.

So shaken was Mary by these events that she did indeed forsake all her old life and, having taken communion, she crossed the Jordan, and went to live there in the desert. We do not know the exact details of her day-to-day life, but we do know that she dwelt there as a hermitess, eating plants, living in torments and struggle with passionate thoughts, and eventually obtaining the grace to work miracles, crossing the Jordan as if on dry land. She lived naked and became withered and emaciated, as we can see in the icon of her, but nevertheless she survived there for some forty-eight years. Then she was discovered by a pious monk, Zosimas, who is portrayed in the icon together with her. It was to him that she related her life which we have today.