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.

Readings: 6th Sunday of Elijah

Quote of the Week

, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your desire be granted.’

 

6th Sunday of Elijah

October 15, 2017

 

First Reading/ Deut 9: 13- 21  

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy: Barikh-Mar

Yahweh then said to me, “I have seen this people, and what an obstinate people they are! Leave me, I am going to destroy them and wipe out their name under heaven; and I shall make you into a mightier and more numerous nation than they are!” ‘I went back down the mountain, which was blazing with fire, and in my hands, were the two tablets of the covenant. When I looked, I saw that you had been sinning against Yahweh your God. You had cast yourselves a metal calf; you had been quick to leave the way marked out for you by Yahweh. I seized the two tablets and with my two hands threw them down and broke them before your eyes. Then I fell prostrate before Yahweh; as before, I spent forty days and forty nights with nothing to eat or drink, on account of all the sins which you had committed, by doing what was displeasing to Yahweh and thus arousing his anger. For I was afraid of this anger, of the fury which so roused Yahweh against you that he was ready to destroy you. And, once again, Yahweh heard my prayer. Yahweh was enraged with Aaron and was ready to destroy him too; I also pleaded for Aaron on that occasion. That work of sin, the calf you had made, I took and burned and broke to pieces; having ground it to the finest dust, I threw its dust into the stream that comes down from the mountain. Amen.

 

 

Second Reading / Phil 4: 4- 9

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

Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near. Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude, and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is honorable, everything that is upright and pure, everything that we love and admire — with whatever is good and praiseworthy. Keep doing everything you learnt from me and were told by me and have heard or seen me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

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

 

Third Reading/ Mt 15: 21- 28  

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

Jesus left that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And suddenly out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Lord, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’ But he said not a word in answer to her. And his disciples went and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Give her what she wants, because she keeps shouting after us.’ He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’ But the woman had come up and was bowing low before him. ‘Lord,’ she said, ‘help me.’ He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to little dogs.’ She retorted, ‘Ah yes, Lord; but even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your desire be granted.’ And from that moment her daughter was well again.

 Glory be to God forever ….. Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

 

Bulletin: 5th 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/ 5th Sunday of Elijah

Quote of the Week

But this kind is not cast out, except through prayer and fasting

 

 Fifth Sunday of Elijah

October 08, 2017

 

First  Reading/ Isaiah 26: 1-9

A reading from the book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar

That day, this song will be sung in Judah: ‘We have a fortress city, the walls and ramparts provide safety. Open the gates! Let the upright nation come in, the nation that keeps faith! This is the plan decreed: you will guarantee peace, the peace entrusted to you. Trust in Yahweh forever, for Yahweh is a rock forever. He has brought low the dwellers on the heights, the lofty citadel; he lays it low, brings it to the ground, flings it down in the dust. It will be trodden under foot, by the feet of the needy, the steps of the weak.’ The path of the Upright One is honesty; you smooth the honest way of the upright. Following the path of your judgments, Yahweh, we set our hopes in you, your name, your memory are all our soul desires. At night my soul longs for you and my spirit within me seeks you out; for when your judgments appear on earth the inhabitants of the world learn what saving justice is .Amen.

 

 

Second Reading / Phil 3: 1- 8

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

Finally, brothers, I wish you joy in the Lord. To write to you what I have already written before is no trouble to me and to you will be a protection. Beware of dogs! Beware of evil workmen! Beware of   self-mutilators! We are the true people of the circumcision since we worship by the Spirit of God and make Christ Jesus our only boast, not relying on physical qualifications, although, I myself could rely on these too. If anyone does claim to rely on them, my claim is better.

Circumcised on the eighth day of my life, I was born of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrew parents. In the matter of the Law, I was a Pharisee; as for religious fervor, I was a persecutor of the Church; as for the uprightness embodied in the Law, I was faultless. But what were once my assets I now through Christ Jesus count as losses. Yes, I will go further: because of the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, I count everything else as loss. For him I have accepted the loss of all other things, and look on them all as filth if only I can gain Christ.

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

 

Third Reading/ Mt 17: 14- 21

A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew.

And when he had arrived at the multitude, a man approached him, falling to his knees before him, saying: “Lord, take pity on my son, for he is an epileptic, and he suffers harm. For he frequently falls into fire, and often also into water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they were not able to cure him.” Then Jesus responded by saying: “What an unbelieving and perverse generation! How long shall I be with you? How long shall I endure you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon went out of him, and the boy was cured from that hour. Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, “Why were we unable to cast him out?” Jesus said to them: “Because of your unbelief. Amen I say to you, certainly, if you will have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move. And nothing will be impossible for you. But this kind is not cast out, except through prayer and fasting.” And when they were conversing together in Galilee, Jesus said to them: “The Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.

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

 

Bulletin: Fourth 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).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bulletin: Third 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: Third Sunday of Elijah

Quote of the Week

For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.

 

Third Sunday of Elijah

24 September 2017

 

First  Reading/ Isaiah 32: 1- 8

A reading from the book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar

There will be a king who reigns uprightly and princes who rule with fair judgment; each will be like a shelter from the wind, a refuge from the storm, like streams on arid ground, like the shade of a solid rock in a desolate land. The eyes of seers will no longer be closed, the ears of hearers will be alert, the heart of the hasty will learn to think things over, and the tongue of stammerers will speak promptly and clearly. The fool will no longer be called generous, nor the rascal be styled bountiful. For the fool speaks folly and his heart is set on villainy; he is godless in his actions and his words ascribe error to Yahweh; he starves the hungry of their food and refuses drink to the thirsty. Everything to do with the rascal is evil, he devises infamous plans to ruin the poor with lying words even when the needy has right on his side; but the noble person plans only noble things, noble his every move. Amen.

 

Second Reading / Phil 1: 12- 21

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Philippians

: Barikh-Mar

I want you to know, my friends, that the things that have happened to me have really helped the progress of the gospel. As a result, the whole palace guard and all the others here know that I am in prison because I am a servant of Christ. And my being in prison has given most of the believers more confidence in the Lord, so that they grow bolder all the time to preach the message fearlessly. Of course some of them preach Christ because they are jealous and quarrelsome, but others from genuine good will. These do so from love, because they know that God has given me the work of defending the gospel. The others do not proclaim Christ sincerely, but from a spirit of selfish ambition; they think that they will make more trouble for me while I am in prison. It does not matter! I am happy about it—just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives. And I will continue to be happy, because I know that by means of your prayers and the help which comes from the Spirit of Jesus Christ I shall be set free. My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially right now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.

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

 

Third Reading/ Matthew 13: 24-30

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up. The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’ ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him. ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’

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

Bulletin: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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).