Reading: Sixth of Elijah (3rd Sunday of the Cross)



Quote of the Week 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice

11 September 2016

 Sixth of Elijah (3rd Sunday of the Cross)

1st Reading/ Deuteronomy 7:12- 19

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy: Barikhmar

God said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and what an obstinate people they are! Take the Bible Quiz now! 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. .. Amen


2nd Reading / Philippians

A reading from the letter of St Paul to Philippians: Barikhmar

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 honourable, 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.

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



Gospel Reading/ Matthew 15: 21-39

 A reading from the Gospel of 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.

Priest: Glory be to God for ever.



* Response: Lord hear our prayer

*Lord, help us to live in order to understand your word and that we live in all its dimensions and meanings.  Lord hear us .

*Lord, we pray for the community of our Church present here with us today in this sacrifice, O Lord, bless them, and strengthen them in the true faith, and let them be witnesses of the resurrection and your love for your people.  Lord hear us

* Lord, help us to be strong in the Word so that our world becomes everything in harmony and harmonious as you want.  Lord hear us

* O Lord, submerge the mercy of all the dead, may they rest in your heavenly kingdom, and make our prayers a good incense for their remembrance. And grant us the compassion and forgiveness of our sins and for all their sins.  Lord hear us