Mar. 4 Our Venerable Father Gerasimus of the Jordan

Bulletin as of March 3 2024

Our venerable father Gerasimus first learned about the ascetic life while he was in the Egyptian Thebaid. He went to the Jordan and founded a community in which there were seventy monks. He instituted a special rule in his monastery: each monk spent five days a week in their cell weaving baskets and rush mats. They were never allowed to light a fire in their cells. Five days a week they ate only a little dry bread and a few dates. The monks were required to keep their cells open so that, when they went out, anyone could enter and take whatever they needed. On Saturdays and Sundays they gathered in the monastery church. They had a common meal with a few vegetables and a little wine. Each monk would then bring in and place at the feet of the abbot that which he made during the past five days. St. Gerasimus set the example to all. During Great Lent he did not eat anything except what he received in Holy Communion. Gerasimus attended the Fourth Ecumenical Council in 451. Although at the beginning he leaned toward the Monophysite heresy of Eutyches and Dioscorus, he was a great defender and champion of Orthodoxy at the Council.



Living a life angelic in fasting and powerful in prayer, a life unwavering in trials, unceasing in vigil, and temperate in all things, you astonished the angels and vanquished the legions of devils, O father Gerasimus. You gladden the hearts of the faithful, O blessed saint. The beasts were obedient to you for all of this. Since you have achieved a place of honor before the Lord, pray for the salvation of our souls.



Inflamed with an exalted ideal, you preferred Jordan severity to worldly delights. Until the day you died, the wild animals listened to you; and they died of sorrow upon your grave, O father. Truly they praised you before God. Pray to Him, O father Gerasimus, and keep us in your holy memory. 


Readings for the day

Genesis 8:21- 9:7

When the Lord smelled the sweet odor, the Lord said to himself: Never again will I curse the ground because of human beings, since the desires of the human heart are evil from youth; nor will I ever again strike down every living being, as I have done. 

All the days of the earth, 

Seedtime and harvest,

Cold and heat,

Summer and winter,

And day and night

Shall not cease.

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth. Fear and dread shall come upon all the animals of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon all the creatures that move about on the ground and all the fishes of the sea; into your power they are delivered. Any living creature that moves about shall be yours to eat; I give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only meat with its lifeblood still in it you shall not eat. Indeed for your own lifeblood I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from a human being, each one for the blood of another, I will demand an accounting for human life. 

Anyone who sheds the blood of a human being,

By a human being shall that one’s blood be shed;

For in the image of God

Have human beings been made.

Be fertile, then, and multiply; abound on earth and subdue it. 


Proverbs 11:19- 12:6

Justice leads toward life, but pursuit of evil, toward death. 

The crooked in heart are an abomination to the Lord, but those who walk blamelessly are his delight.

Be assured, the wicked shall not go unpunished, but the offspring of the just shall escape. 

Like a golden ring in a swine’s snout is a beautiful woman without judgment. 

The desire of the just ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

One person is lavish yet grows still richer; another is too sparing, yet is the poorer.

Whoever confers benefits will be amply enriched, and whoever refreshes the other will be refreshed. 

Whoever hoards grain, the people curse, but blessings are on the head of the one who distributes it!

Those who seek the good seek favor, but those who pursue evil will have evil come upon them. 

Those who trust in their riches will fall, but like green leaves the just will flourish. 

Those who trouble their household inherit the wind, and fools become slaves to the wise of heart. 

The fruit of justice is a tree of life, and one who takes lives is a sage.

If the just are recompensed on the earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!

Whoever loved discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates reproof is stupid. 

A good person wins favor from the Lord, but the schemer he condemns. 

No one is made secure by wickedness, but the root of the just will never be disturbed.

A woman of worth is the crown of her husband, but a disgraceful one is like rot in his bones. 

The plans of the just are right; the designs of the wicked are deceit. 

The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush, but the speech of the upright saves them. 

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Sunday, March 3 –

  • 5:00 PM