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Readings: The Third Sunday of Advent

Quote of the Week

“For you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him “

 

Sunday Reading

3rd Sunday of Advent (Subara)

The birth of John the Baptist,

 17 December 2017

 

1ST Reading/ Gn 18: 1- 5

A reading from the book of Geneses: Barikh-Mar.

The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oak of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot. Looking up, he saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, he said: “Sir, if it please you, do not go on past your servant. Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest under the tree. Now that you have come to your servant, let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves; and afterward you may go on your way.” “Very well,” they replied, “do as you have said.” Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick, three measures of bran flour! Knead it and make bread.” He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice calf, and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it. Then he got some curds and milk, as well as the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them, waiting on them under the tree while they ate. “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him. “There in the tent,” he replied. One of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and Sarah will then have a son.” Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent, just behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years, and Sarah had stopped having her menstrual periods. So, Sarah laughed to herself and said, “Now that I am worn out and my husband is old, am I still to have sexual pleasure?” But the LORD said to Abraham: “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really bear a child, old as I am?’ Is anything too marvelous for the LORD to do? At the appointed time, about this time next year, I will return to you, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah lied, saying, “I did not laugh,” because she was afraid. But he said, “Yes, you did.” Amen

 

2nd Reading / Ephesians 3:1- 9

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians: Barikh-Mar.

Because of this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ [Jesus] for you Gentiles if, as I suppose, you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit, [namely, that] the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly earlier. When you read this, you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to human beings in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and co-partners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace that had granted me in accord with the exercise of his power. To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, and to bring to light [for all] what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things.

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

 

Gospel Reading/ Lk 1: 57-66

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So, they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.

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

 

The Second Sunday of Advent

 

Quote of the Week

“Hail, favoured one! The Lord is with you.”

 

Readings:

10th December 2017

2nd Sunday of Advent

 

1st Reading: Num 22: 20- 24

A reading from the book of Numbers, Barikh-Mar:

That night God came to Balaam and said to him: If these men have come to summon you, go back with them; yet only on the condition that you do exactly as I tell you. So, the next morning when Balaam arose, he saddled his donkey, and went off with the princes of Moab. But now God’s anger flared up at him for going, and the angel of the LORD took up a position on the road as his adversary. As Balaam was riding along on his donkey, accompanied by two of his servants, the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with sword drawn. The donkey turned off the road and went into the field, and Balaam beat the donkey to bring her back on the road. Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow lane between vineyards with a stone wall on each side. Amen.

 

2nd Reading/ Col 4: 2- 6

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Colossians “Barikh-Mar”

Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; at the same time, pray for us, too, that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak of the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, as I must speak. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you should respond to each one.

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

 

3rd Reading: Lk 1: 26- 37

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke.

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favoured one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived* a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Priest: Glory be to God forever. People: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: First Sunday of Advent

Quote of the Week

To prepare a people fit for the Lord

 

Sunday Readings,

03 December  2017

1st Sunday of Advent

 

1st Reading/ Gen 17: 1- 7

A reading from the Book of Genesis “Barikh-Mar”

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said: I am God the Almighty. Walk in my presence and be blameless. Between you and me I will establish my covenant, and I will multiply you exceedingly. Abram fell face down and God said to him: For my part, here is my covenant with you: you are to become the father of a multitude of nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fertile; I will make nations of you; kings will stem from you. I will maintain my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting covenant, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. Amen.

 

2nd Reading/ Eph 5:21- 29, 33 + 6: 1- 4

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Ephesians: “Barikh-Mar”

Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So [also] husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, in any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.  Children, obey your parents [in the Lord], for this is right. “Honor your father and mother This is the first commandment with a promise “that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.

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

 

 

3rd Reading/ Lk 1: 1- 15

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received. In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years. Once when he was serving as priest in his division’s turn before God, according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of [the] Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb.

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

 

Readings: Fourth Sunday of Sanctification of the Church

Quote of the Week

for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers

 

Sunday Reading

4th Sunday of Sanctification the Church

26 November 2017

 

1st Reading/ 1Kings 6: 11- 19

A reading from the first Book of Kings “Barick-Mar”

And the word of Yahweh came to Solomon, ‘With regard to this temple which you are now building, if you follow my statutes and obey my ordinances and faithfully follow my commandments, I shall fulfil the promise which I made about you to your father David. And I shall make my home among the Israelites and never forsake Israel my people.’ Solomon finished building the Temple. He lined the inside of the Temple walls with panels of cedar wood paneling them on the inside from the floor of the Temple to the beams of the ceiling and laid the floor of the Temple with juniper planks. The twenty cubits measured from the end of the Temple he built of cedar planks from the floor to the beams, and this part was reserved as the Debir, the Holy of Holies. The Temple measured forty cubits the Hekal in front of the Debir. There was cedar wood round the inside of the Temple, ornamentally carved with gourds and rosettes; all was cedarwood, with no stone showing. In the inner part of the Temple he designed a Debir, to contain the ark of the covenant of Yahweh. Amen.

 

2nd Reading / Heb 9: 24- 28

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

It is not as though Christ had entered a manmade sanctuary which was merely a model of the real one; he entered heaven itself, so that he now appears in the presence of God on our behalf. And he does not have to offer himself again and again, as the high priest goes into the sanctuary year after year with the blood that is not his own, or else he would have had to suffer over and over again since the world began. As it is, he has made his appearance once and for all, at the end of the last age, to do away with sin by sacrificing himself. Since human beings die only once, after which comes judgement, so Christ too, having offered himself only once to bear the sin of many, will manifest himself a second time, sin being no more, to those who are waiting for him, to bring them salvation.

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

 

 

Gospel Reading/ Mt 22: 41- 23: 7

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Matthew.

While the Pharisees were gathered round, Jesus put to them this question, ‘What is your opinion about the Christ? Whose son, is he?’ They told him, ‘David’s.’ He said to them, ‘Then how is it that David, moved by the Spirit, calls him Lord, where he says: The Lord declared to my Lord, take your seat at my right hand, till I have made your enemies your footstool? ‘If David calls him Lord, how then can he be his son?’ No one could think of anything to say in reply, and from that day no one dared to ask him any further questions. hen addressing the crowds and his disciples Jesus said, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do and observe what they tell you; but do not be guided by what they do, since they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader headbands and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honor at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted respectfully in the market squares and having people call them Rabbi.

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

Readings: 4th Sunday of Sanctification of the Church

حكمة الاسبوع :

لأَنَّ  لكم مُعَلِّمَاً وَاحِدٌاً الْمَسِيحُ  وَأَنْتُمْ جَمِيعاً إِخْوَةٌ

 

قراءات الاسبوع :

الاحد الرابع من فترة تقديس الكنيسة،

26 تشرين الثاني 2017

 

القراءة الأولى: 1مل 6: 11- 19         

أنصتوا الى قراءة من سفر الملوك الأول: (بارخمار)

وكان كلامُ الرَّبِّ إلى سُلَيمان قائِلاً: ((هذا البَيتُ الَّذي أنت بانيه، ان أنت سرِتَ على فَرائِضي وعَمِلتَ بِأَحْكامي وحَفِظتَ جَميعَ وَصايايَ، سائِرًا علَيها، فاني أُحَقِّقُ مَعَكَ كَلامِيَ الَّذي كلَمتُ بِه داوُدَ أَباك، وأُقيمُ فيه في وَسْطِ بَني إسْرائيل، ولا أَترُكُ شَعْبي إِسْرائيل)). فبَنى سُلَيمان البَيتَ وأَكمَلَه. وبَنى على جُدْران البَيتِ مِن داخِلٍ ألْواحَ أَرْز، وصَفَّحَ بِالخَشبَ داخِلَه، من أَرضَ البَيتِ إلى جَوانب السَّقْفِ، وفَرَشَ أَرضَ البَيتِ بِأَلْواحِ سَرْوٍ. وبَنى في مُؤَخَّر البَيتِ، على مَسافَةِ عِشْرينَ ذراعًا، أَلْواحَ أًرزٍ، مِنَ الأَرضَ إلى جَوانب الَسَّقْف، بَناها في داخِلِه مِحْرابًا قُدسَ أَقْداس. فكان مُقَدَّمُ البَيتِ، وهو الهَيكَل، أَربَعينَ ذراعًا. وكان على البَيتِ مِن داخِلٍ أَرزٌ مَنْقَوش على شكْلِ قِثَّاءً وزُهورٍ مُتَفَتِّحَة. كان كُلُّ شيَءً أَرزًا، فلَم يَكُنْ يُرى حَجَر وهيَأَ المِحْرابَ في داخِلِ البَيتِ لِيَجعَلَ هُناكَ تابوتَ عَهدِ الرَّبّ. آمين.

 

القراءة الثانية/ عب 9: 16-28

من رسالة بولس من رسالة بولس الرسول  الى العبرانيين يقول يا أخوة: (بارخمار)

لأَنَّ المسيحَ لم يَدخُلْ قُدْسًا صَنَعَته الأَيدي رَسمًا لِلقُدْسِ الحقيقِيّ، بل دَخَلَ السَّماءَ عَيْنَها لِيَمثُلَ الآنَ أَمامَ وَجهِ اللهِ مِن أَجْلِنا، لا لِيُقَرِّبَ نَفْسَه مِرارًا كَثيرةً كما يَدخُلُ عظيمُ الكَهَنَةِ القُدْسَ كُلَّ سَنَةٍ بِدَمٍ غَير دَمِه. ولَو كانَ ذلِكَ، لَكانَ علَيه أَنَ يَتأَلَّمَ مِرارًا كَثيرَةً مُنْذُ إِنْشاءِ العالَم، في حينِ أَنَّه لم يَظهَرْ إِلاَّ مَرَّةً واحِدَةً في نِهايَةِ العالَم لِيُزيلَ الخَطيئَةَ بِذبيحَةِ نَفْسِه. وكَما أَنَّه كُتِبَ على النَّاسِ أَن يَموتوا مَرَّةً واحِدة، وبَعدَ ذاكَ يَومُ الدَّينونة، فكَذلِكَ المسيحُ قُرِّبَ مَرَّةً واحِدة لِيُزيلَ خَطايا جَماعَةِ النَّاس. وسيَظهَرُ ثانِيَةً، بِمَعزِلٍ عنِ الخَطيئَة، لِلَّذينَ يَنتَظِرونَه لِلخلاص.

النعمة والسلام مع جميعكم يا أخوة آمين

إنجيل اليوم/ مت 22: 41-23: 7

إنجيل سيدنا يسوع المسيح  للقديس متي.

وبَينَما الفِرِّيسيُّونَ مُجتَمِعون سأَلَهم يسوع: ((ما رَأيُكم في المسيح ؟ ابنُ مَن هُوَ؟((قالوا له:((اِبنُ داود:(( قالَ لَهم:((فكيفَ يَدعوه داودُ ربّاً بِوَحْيٍ مِنَ الرُّوحِ فيقول: (( قالَ الرَّبُّ لِرَبِّي: إِجلِس عن يَميني حتَّى أَجعَلَ أَعداءَكَ تَحتَ قَدَمَيك)). فإِذا كان داودُ يَدعوه رَبّاً، فكيفَ يَكونُ ابنَه؟)) فلَم يَستَطِعْ أَحدٌ أَن يُجيبَهُ بِكَلِمَة، ولا جَرُؤَ أَحدٌ مُنذُ ذلكَ اليَومِ أَن يَسأَلَه عن شَيء. وكَلَّمَ يسوعُ الجُموعَ وتَلاميذَه قال: ((إِنَّ الكَتَبَةَ و الفِرِّيسيِّينَ على كُرسِيِّ موسى جالِسون، فَافعَلوا ما يَقولونَ لَكم واحفَظوه. ولكِن أَفعالَهم لا تَفعَلوا، لأَنَّهم يَقولونَ ولا يَفعَلون: يَحزِمونَ أَحمالاً ثَقيلَة ويُلقونَها على أَكتافِ النَّاس، ولكِنَّهم يَأبَونَ تَحريكَها بِطَرَفِ الإصبَع. وجَميعُ أَعمالِهم يَعمَلونَها لِيَنظُرَ النَّاسُ إِلَيهم: يُعَرِّضونَ عَصائبَهم ويُطِّولونَ أَهدابَهم ويُحِبُّونَ المَقعَدَ الأَوَّلَ في المآدِب، وصُدورَ المَجالِسِ في المَجامع، وتَلَقِّيَ التَّحِيَّاتِ في السَّاحات، وأَن يَدعُوَهُمُ النَّاسُ((رابي)).

الكاهن :المجد لله دائما ً  الشعب :المجد للمسيح ربنا

  

إبتهالات .. وطلبات .. وتضرعات

لنقف كلنا بفرح وابتهاج ولنطلب بثقة قائلين: يا رب ارحمنا.

* يا رب، لكي تزيدنا حباً لك ولأخوتنا، أنت الذي أحببت البشر للغاية وأن تسود المحبة عاجلاً بيننا،  نطلب منك.

* يا رب، من أجل أن تساعدنا لنهتم أكثر بتثقيفنا المسيحي فنكتشف بنوع أوضح متطلبات إيماننا ونعيشها بفرح وحماسة في واقعنا اليومي،  نطلب منك.

* يا رب، من أجل أن تكون كنيستنا قادرة على إدلاء الشهادة بجرأة وأن تنقل كلمتك إلى أبنائها بكل ما تحمله من حب وفداء وفرح،  نطلب منك.

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.

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.

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.