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.