Reading: New Year 2016 Presentation of the Lord 3/1/2016

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you (John 14:27)

New Year Reading

New Year    The World Day of Peace

1st January 2016


happy new year 2016

1st Reading / Isaiah 42: 18-25


A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah: Barichmar

The Lord says, “Listen, you deaf people! Look closely, you that are blind!  Is anyone more blind than my servant, more deaf than the messenger I send?  Israel, you have seen so much, but what has it meant to you? You have ears to hear with, but what have you really heard?”  The Lord is a God who is eager to save, so he exalted his laws and teachings, and he wanted his people to honor them.  But now his people have been plundered; they are locked up in dungeons and hidden away in prisons. They were robbed and plundered, with no one to come to their rescue.  Will any of you listen to this? From now on will you listen with care?  Who gave Israel up to the looters? It was the Lord himself, against whom we sinned! We would not live as he wanted us to live or obey the teachings he gave us.  So he made us feel the force of his anger and suffer the violence of war. Like fire his anger burned throughout Israel, but we never knew what was happening; we learned nothing at all from it.

This is the Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God


2nd Reading /Galatians 5: 1-6

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians: Barekhmar.

Freedom is what we have – Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again.  Listen! I, Paul, tell you that if you allow yourselves to be circumcised, it means that Christ is of no use to you at all.  Once more I warn any man who allows himself to be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the whole Law.  Those of you who try to be put right with God by obeying the Law have cut yourselves off from Christ. You are outside God’s grace.  As for us, our hope is that God will put us right with him; and this is what we wait for by the power of God’s Spirit working through our faith.  For when we are in union with Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor the lack of it makes any difference at all; what matters is faith that works through love.

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


Gospel Reading/Matthew 2:24-25 Luke2:21

A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew:

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus when eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Priest: Glory be to God for ever.

People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord



Quote of the Week

A light to reveal your will to the Gentiles and bring glory to your people

Reading Second Sunday after Christmas (Yalda)

Presentation of the Lord

3 January 2016







1st Reading / Isaiah 49: 1-6


A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah: Barichmar

Listen to me, distant nations, you people who live far away! Before I was born, the Lord chose me and appointed me to be his servant.  He made my words as sharp as a sword.  With his own hand he protected me.  He made me like an arrow, sharp and ready for use.  He said to me, “Israel, you are my servant; because of you, people will praise me.”  I said, “I have worked, but how hopeless it is! I have used up my strength, but have accomplished nothing.” Yet I can trust the Lord to defend my cause; he will reward me for what I do.  Before I was born, the Lord appointed me; he made me his servant to bring back his people, to bring back the scattered people of Israel. The Lord gives me honor; he is the source of my strength.  The Lord said to me, “I have a greater task for you, my servant. Not only will you restore to greatness the people of Israel who have survived, but I will also make you a light to the nations – so that all the world may be saved.”

This is the Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God


2nd Reading / 2 Timothy 2: 16, 22-26

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Timothy: Barekhmar.

Keep away from profane and foolish discussions, which only drive people farther away from God …Avoid the passions of youth, and strive for righteousness, faith, love, and peace, together with those who with a pure heart call out to the Lord for help.  But keep away from foolish and ignorant arguments; you know that they end up in quarrels.  As the Lord’s servant, you must not quarrel. You must be kind toward all, a good and patient teacher, who is gentle as you correct your opponents, for it may be that God will give them the opportunity to repent and come to know the truth.  And then they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the Devil, who had caught them and made them obey his will.

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


Gospel Reading/ Luke2:22-40

A reading from the Gospel of Saint Luke:

The time came for Joseph and Mary to perform the ceremony of purification, as the Law of Moses commanded. So they took the child to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,  as it is written in the law of the Lord: “Every first-born male is to be dedicated to the Lord.”   They also went to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons, as required by the law of the Lord.   At that time there was a man named Simeon living in Jerusalem. He was a good, God-fearing man and was waiting for Israel to be saved. The Holy Spirit was with him   and had assured him that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s promised Messiah.  Led by the Spirit, Simeon went into the Temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus into the Temple to do for him what the Law required, Simeon took the child in his arms and gave thanks to God:  “Now, Lord, you have kept your promise, and you may let your servant go in peace.  With my own eyes I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples:  A light to reveal your will to the Gentiles and bring glory to your people Israel.”  The child’s father and mother were amazed at the things Simeon said about him.  Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “This child is chosen by God for the destruction and the salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against   and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart.”  There was a very old prophet, a widow named Anna, daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had been married for only seven years and was now eighty-four years old.  She never left the Temple; day and night she worshiped God, fasting and praying.  That very same hour she arrived and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were waiting for God to set Jerusalem free.  When Joseph and Mary had finished doing all that was required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to their hometown of Nazareth in Galilee.   The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God’s blessings were upon him

Priest: Glory be to God for ever.

People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord