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Readings: 3rd Sunday of Sanctification of the Church

Quote of the Week

Zeal for your house will consume me

Sunday Reading

3rd Sunday of Sanctification the Church

19 November 2017

 

1st Reading/ Num7: 1-11

A reading from the Book of Numbers “Barick-Mar”

On the day Moses finished erecting the Dwelling, he anointed and consecrated it and all its furniture, as well as the altar and all its equipment. When he had anointed and consecrated it all, the leaders of Israel made an offering; they were the heads of their families, the tribal leaders who had presided over the census. They brought their offering before Yahweh: six covered wagons and twelve oxen, one wagon for every two leaders and one ox each. They brought them in front of the Dwelling. Yahweh spoke to Moses and said, ‘Accept these from them, and let them be set apart for the service of the Tent of Meeting. You will give them to the Levites, to each as his duties require.’ Moses took the wagons and oxen, and gave them to the Levites. To the Gershonites he gave two wagons and four oxen for the duties they had to perform. To the Merarite’s he gave four wagons and eight oxen for the duties they had to perform under the direction of Thamar, son of Aaron the priest. But to the Kohathites he gave none-at all, because the sacred charge entrusted to them had to be carried on their shoulders. The leaders then made an offering for the dedication of the altar, on the day it was anointed. They brought their offering before the altar, and Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Each day one of the leaders must bring his offering for the dedication of the altar.’ Amen.

 

2nd Reading / Hebrews 9: 5-14

A reading from the Letter of St Paul to Hebrews: “Barick-Mar”

On top of it were the glorious winged creatures, overshadowing the throne of mercy. This is not the time to go into detail about this. Under these provisions, priests go regularly into the outer tent to carry out their acts of worship, but the second tent is entered only once a year, and then only by the high priest who takes in the blood to make an offering for his own and the people’s faults of inadvertence. By this, the Holy Spirit means us to see that as long as the old tent stands, the way into the holy place is not opened up; it is a symbol for this present time. None of the gifts and sacrifices offered under these regulations can possibly bring any worshipper to perfection in his conscience; they are rules about outward life, connected with food and drink and washing at various times, which are in force only until the time comes to set things right. But now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, not made by human hands, that is, not of this created order; and he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkled on those who have incurred defilement, may restore their bodily purity. How much more will the blood of Christ, who offered himself, blameless as he was, to God through the eternal Spirit, purify our conscience from dead actions so that we can worship the living God.

Reader: The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

Gospel Reading/ Jn2: 13-22

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St John.

When the time of the Jewish Passover was near Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting there. Making a whip out of cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, sheep and cattle as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the dove sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop using my Father’s house as a market.’ Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: I am eaten up with zeal for your house. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us that you should act like this?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple: are you going to raise it up again in three days?’ But he was speaking of the Temple that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what he had said.

Priest: Glory be to God for ever...P: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: 2nd Sunday of Sanctification of thye Church

Quote of the Week

“I desire mercy, not sacrifice”

 

Sunday Readings

2nd Sunday of Sanctification of the Church.

7th November 2017

 

 

1st Reading/ Isa40: 9- 16

A reading from the Book of Exodus: “Barick-Mar”

You who evangelize Zion, climb a high mountain! You who evangelize Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength! Lift, it up! Do not be afraid! Say to the cities of Judah: “Behold, your God!” Behold, the Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work is before him. He will pasture his flock like a shepherd. He will gather together the lambs with his arm, and he will lift them up to his bosom, and he himself will carry the very young. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and who has weighed the heavens with his palm? Who has suspended the mass of the earth with three fingers, and who has weighed the mountains on a balance and the hills on a scale? Who has assisted the Spirit of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor and has revealed things to him? With whom has he consulted? And who has instructed him, and taught him the path of justice, and guided him to knowledge, and revealed the way of understanding to him? Behold, the nations are like a drop of water in a bucket, and they are considered as the smallest grain on a balance. Behold, the islands are like a little dust. And Lebanon will not be sufficient to start a fire, and its animals will not be sufficient for a burnt offering. Amen.

 

2nd Reading / Heb8: 1-6

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Hebrews: “Barick-Mar”

Now the main point in the things that have been stated is this: that we have so great a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of Majesty in the heavens, who is the minister of holy things, and of the true tabernacle, which was established by the Lord, not by man. For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices. Therefore, it is necessary for him also to have something to offer. And so, if he were upon the earth, he would not be a priest, since there would be others to offer gifts according to the law, gifts which serve as mere examples and shadows of the heavenly things. And so, it was answered to Moses, when he was about to complete the tabernacle: “See to it,” he said, “that you make everything according to the example which was revealed to you on the mountain.” But now he has been granted a better ministry, so much so that he is also the Mediator of a better testament, which has been confirmed by better promises.

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

Gospel Reading/ Mt 12: 1- 8

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to saint Matthew:

Not long afterward Jesus was walking through some wheat fields on a Sabbath. His   disciples were hungry, so they began to pick heads of wheat and eat the grain. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to Jesus, “Look, it is against our Law for your disciples to do this on the Sabbath!” Jesus answered, “Have you never read what David did that time when he and his men were hungry? He went into the house of God, and he and his men ate the bread offered to God, even though it was against the Law for them to eat it only the priests could eat that bread. Or have you not read in the Law of Moses that every Sabbath the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath law, yet they are not guilty? I tell you that there is something here greater than the Temple. The scripture says, ‘It is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices.’ If you really knew what this means, you would not condemn people who are not guilty; 8 for the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

        Glory be to God for ever…. Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

1st Sunday of the Crowning of the Church

Quote of the Week

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it

(Matthew 16: 18)

 

Readings:

1st Sunday of the Crowning of the Church

05 November 2017

 

1st Reading/ Isa 6: 8-13

A reading from the Book of Isaiah: “Barick-Mar”

I then heard the voice of the Lord saying: ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I, send me.’ He said: ‘Go, and say to this people, “Listen and listen, but never understand! Look and look, but never perceive!” Make this people’s heart coarse, make their ears dull, shut their eyes tight, or they will use their eyes to see, use their ears to hear, use their heart to understand, and change their ways and be healed.’ I then said, ‘Until when, Lord?’ He replied, ‘Until towns are in ruins and deserted, houses untenanted and a great desolation reigns in the land, and Yahweh has driven the people away and the country is totally abandoned. And suppose one-tenth of them are left in it, that will be stripped again, like the terebinth, like the oak, cut back to the stock; their stock is a holy seed.’ Amen.

 

2nd / 1 Cor 12: 28-13: 8A

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians: “Barick-Mar”

And those whom God has appointed in the Church are, first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers; after them, miraculous powers, then gifts of healing, helpful acts, guidance, various kinds of tongues. Are all of them apostles? Or all prophets? Or all teachers? Or all miracle-workers? Do all have the gifts of healing? Do all of them speak in tongues and all interpret them? Set your mind on the higher gifts. And now I am going to put before you the best way of all. Though I command languages both human and angelic — if I speak without love, I am no more than a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. And though I have the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and knowledge, and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains — if I am without love, I am nothing. Though I should give away to the poor all that I possess, and even give up my body to be burned–if I am without love, it will do me no good whatever. Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. Love never comes to an end.

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

3rd Reading/ Mt 16:13-19

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said, ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a blessed man! Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So, I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock, I will build my community. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to say to anyone that he was the Christ.

P: Glory be to God for ever.   All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Bulletin: First Sunday Of Moses

The St Addai Parish weekly bulletin is a 4-page PDF file that contains the Sunday Mass readings in both Arabic and English, the prayers of the faithful, parish news and announcements.

The first parish bulletin was printed on the first Sunday of Advent in 2003 and that edition was only one page on A5 sized paper. During the years it developed to become 4 pages of A5 sized paper then to 4 pages of A4 sized paper (or a full A3 paper folded in half).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1st Sunday of Moses

Quote of the Week

“So, the last will be first, and the first will be last”

 

Sunday Readings:

29 October 2017

1st Sunday of Moses

 

1st Reading/ Isa 40: 1- 9

Listen to the Prophecy of Isaiah: Barikh-Mar

Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service has ended, that her guilt is expiated, that she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins. A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be lifted, every mountain and hill made low; The rugged land shall be a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. A voice says, “Proclaim!” I answer, “What shall I proclaim?” “All flesh is grass, and all their loyalty like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower wilts, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it.” “Yes, the people is grass! The grass withers, the flower wilts, but the word of our God stands forever.” …. Amen.

 

2nd Reading / 2 Cor 1:23-2:4

A reading from the second Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians: “Barick-Mar”.

But I call upon God as witness, on my life, that it is to spare you that I have not yet gone to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith; rather, we work together for your joy, for you stand firm in the faith. For I decided not to come to you again in painful circumstances. For if I inflict pain upon you, then who is there to cheer me except the one pained by me? And I wrote as I did so that when I came I might not be pained by those in whom I should have rejoiced, confident about all of you that my joy is that of all of you. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not that you might be pained but that you might know the abundant love I have for you.

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

  

3rd Reading/ Mt 20: 1-16

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

‘Now the kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So, they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing around, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us,” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner saying, “The men who came last have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why should you be envious because I am generous?” Thus, the last will be first, and the first, last.’

P: Glory be to God forever… All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Bulletin: 7th Sunday of Elijah

The St Addai Parish weekly bulletin is a 4-page PDF file that contains the Sunday Mass readings in both Arabic and English, the prayers of the faithful, parish news and announcements.

The first parish bulletin was printed on the first Sunday of Advent in 2003 and that edition was only one page on A5 sized paper. During the years it developed to become 4 pages of A5 sized paper then to 4 pages of A4 sized paper (or a full A3 paper folded in half).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Readings: 7th Sunday of Elijah

Quote of the Week

 ” In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven”.

 

7th Sunday of Elijah

October 22, 2017

 

First Reading/ Isa 33: 1- 6

A reading from the book of Isaiah: Barikh-Mar

 Woe to you, destroying though not yourself destroyed, betraying though not yourself betrayed; when you have finished destroying, you will be destroyed, when you have stopped betraying, you will be betrayed. Yahweh, show us your mercy, we hope in you. Be our arm every morning and our salvation in time of distress. At the sound of tumult the peoples flee, when you stand up the nations scatter. Your spoil is gathered in as a grasshopper gathers in, like a swarm of locusts people descend on it. Yahweh is exalted, for he is enthroned above, he has filled Zion with fair judgement and saving justice. You can count on this all your days: wisdom and knowledge are the riches that save, the fear of Yahweh is his treasure. Amen.

 

Second Reading / 1 Cor 14: 1- 6

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians: Barikh-Mar.

Make love your aim; but be eager, too, for spiritual gifts, and especially for prophesying. Those who speak in a tongue speak to God, but not to other people, because nobody understands them; they are speaking in the Spirit and the meaning is hidden. On the other hand, someone who prophesies speaks to other people, building them up and giving them encouragement and reassurance. Those who speak in a tongue may build themselves up, but those who prophesy build up the community. While I should like you all to speak in tongues, I would much rather you could prophesy; since those who prophesy are of greater importance than those who speak in tongues, unless they can interpret what they say so that the church is built up by it. Now suppose, brothers, I come to you and speak in tongues, what good shall I do you if my speaking provides no revelation or knowledge or prophecy or instruction?

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

Third Reading/ Mt 18: 1-7

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

At this time, the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?’ So, he called a little child to him whom he set among them. Then he said, ‘In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. ‘Anyone who welcomes one little child like this in my name welcomes me. But anyone who is the downfall of one of these little ones who have faith in me would be better drowned in the depths of the sea with a great millstone round his neck. Alas for the world that there should be such causes of falling! Causes of falling indeed there must be, but alas for anyone who provides them!

P: Glory be to God forever….. All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.