Readings: 1st Sunday after The Nativity.

حكمة الاسبوع :

فقَد رأَينا نَجمَه في المَشرِق، فجِئْنا لِنَسجُدَ لَه

قراءات الاسبوع :

الأحد الأول بعد الميلاد

30/ 12/ 2018

زيارة المجوس 

الفكرة الطقسية:

تدعونا صلوات هذا الاحد الاول بعد الميلاد الى التأمل في الحرية المعطاة لنا بيسوع المسيح، حرية مسؤولة شفافة تَبني وتُسعد، لا حريّة انانيّة تهدم وتُخرّب.

القراءة الأولى/ 1صم 1: 19- 28

أجلسوا انصتوا الى قراءة من سفر صموئيل : بارخمار

وبَكَّروا (حنة وزوجها هلقانا) في الصَّباح، وسَجَدوا أَمامَ الرَّبّ، ورَجَعوا ذاهِبينَ إِلى مَنزِلِهم بِالرَّامة. وعَرَفَ أَلْقانَةُ حَنَّةَ زَوجَتَه، وذَكَرَها الرَّبّ. فكانَ في انقِضاءِ الأَيَّام أَنَّ حَنَّةَ حَمَلَت وَوَلَدَتِ ابنًا، فدَعَته صموئيَل، لأَنَّها قالَت:”مِنَ الرَّبِّ التَمَستُه”. وصعِدَ زَوجُها أَلْقانةُ كلُّ بَيته، لِيُقَدِّمِ لِلرَّبِّ الذَّبيحَةَ السَّنَوِيةَ ويَفيَ بِنَذرِ، وأَمَّا حَنَّة، فلَم تَصعَدْ، لأَنَّها قالَت لِزَوجِها:”مَتى فُطِمَ الصَّبِيُّ، أَذهَبُ به لِيَمثُلَ أَمامَ الرَّبِّ ولُقيمَ هُناكَ لِلأَبَد”. فقالَ لَها أَلْقانَةُ زَوجُها: ”إِفعَلي ما يَحسُنُ في عَينَيكِ، وامكُثي حتَّى تَفطِميه، وحَسبُنا أَنَّ الرَّبَّ يُحَقِّق كَلامَه”. فمَكَثَتِ المَرأَةُ تُرضِعُ ابنَها حتَّى فطَمَته. فلَمَّا فَطَمَته، صَعِدَت بِه، ومَعَها ثَورٌ ابنُ ثَلاثِ سَنَوات، وإِيفَةٌ مِن دَقيق، وزِقُّ خَمْر، وجاءت بِه إِلى الرَّبِّ في شيلو، وكانَ الصَّبِيُّ لا يَزالُ طِفلاً. فذَبَحوا الثَّورَ وقَدَّموا الصَّبِيَّ إِلى عالي. وقالَت: ”يا سَيِّدي، حَيَّةٌ نَفْسُكَ! أَنا المَرأَةُ الَّتي وَقَفَتْ لَدَيكَ ههُنا تُصَلِّي إِلى الرَّبّ. إِنِّي لأَجلِ هذا الصبِيِّ صَلَّيتُ، فأَعطانِيَ الرَّبُّ بُغيَتي الَّتي سَأَلتُها مِن لَدُنه. ولأَجلِ ذلك وَهَبتُه لِلرَّبّ، فيَكونُ عارَّيةً كُلَّ أَيَّامِ حَياتِه”. وسَجَدوا هُناكَ لِلرَّبّ. أمين.

القراءة الثانية/ غلا 4: 18- 22؛ 5: 1

من رسالة بولس الرسول الى أهل غلاطية يقول يا إخوة: بارخمار

يَحسُنُ التَّوَدُّدُ إِلَيكُم لِغايَةٍ حَسَنَةٍ في كُلِّ حين، لا عِندَ حُضوري بَينَكم فقَط. يا بَنِيَّ، أَنتُمُ الَّذينَ أَتَمَخَّضُ بِهم مَرَّةً أُخْرى حتَّى يُصوَّرَ فيهمِ المسيح، أَوَدُّ لو كُنتُ الآنَ عِندَكم فأُغَيِّرَ لَهجَتي، لأَنِّي تَحَيَّرتُ في أَمرِكم. قولوا لي، أَنتُمُ الَّذينَ يُريدونَ أَن يَكونوا في حُكْمِ الشَّريعة: أَما تَسمَعونَ الشَّريعة؟ فقَد وَرَدَ في الكِتابِ أَنَّ إِبراهيمَ رُزِقَ ابنَين أَحَدُهُما مِنَ الأَمَة والآخَرُ مِنَ الحُرَّة. إِنَّ المسيحَ قد حَرَّرَنا تَحْريرًا. فاثبُتوا إِذًا ولا تَدَعوا أَحَدًا يَعودُ بِكُم إِلى نِيرِ العُبودِيَّة.

النعمة والسلام مع جميعكم يا أخوة آمين.

القراءة الثالثة/ مت 2: 1- 12  

أنجيل ربنا يسوع المسيح للقديس متى.

ولمَّا وُلِدَ يسوعُ في بَيتَ لَحمِ اليهودِيَّة، في أيَّامِ المَلِكِ هيرودُس، إِذا مَجوسٌ قدِمُوا أُورَشليمَ مِنَ المَشرِقِ وقالوا:((أَينَ مَلِكُ اليهودِ الَّذي وُلِد؟ فقَد رأَينا نَجمَه في المَشرِق، فجِئْنا لِنَسجُدَ لَه)). فلمَّا بلَغَ الخَبَرُ المَلِكَ هيرودُس، اِضْطَرَبَ واضطَرَبَت مَعه أُورَشليمُ كُلُّها. فَجَمَعَ عُظَماءَ الكَهَنَةِ وكَتَبَةَ الشَّعْبِ كُلَّهم واستَخْبَرهم أَين يُولَدُ المسيح. فقالوا له:((في بَيتَ لَحمِ اليَهودِيَّة، فقَد أُوحِيَ إِلى النَّبِيِّ فكَتب: ((وأَنتِ يا بَيتَ لَحمُ، أَرضَ يَهوذا لَسْتِ أَصغَرَ وِلاياتِ يَهوذا فَمِنكِ يَخرُجُ الوالي الَّذي يَرْعى شَعْبي إِسرائيل)). فدَعا هيرودُسُ الَمجوسَ سِرّاً وتَحقَّقَ مِنْهم في أَيِّ وَقْتٍ ظهَرَ النَّجْم. ثُمَّ أَرْسَلَهم إِلى بَيتَ لَحمَ وقال:((اِذْهَبوا فابحَثوا عنِ الطِّفْلِ بَحْثاً دَقيقاً، فإِذا وَجَدْتُموه فأَخبِروني لأذهَبَ أَنا أَيضاً وأَسجُدَ له)). فلمَّا سَمِعوا كَلامَ الَمِلكِ ذَهَبوا. وإِذا الَّنجْمُ الَّذي رأَوهُ في المَشرِقِ يَتَقَدَّمُهم حتَّى بَلَغَ المَكانَ الَّذي فيه الطِّفلُ فوَقفَ فَوقَه. فلمَّا أَبصَروا النَّجْمَ فَرِحوا فَرحاً عَظيماً جِدّاً. وَدخَلوا الَبيتَ فرأَوا الطِّفلَ مع أُمِّه مَريم. فجَثَوا له ساجِدين، ثُمَّ فتَحوا حَقائِبَهم وأَهْدَوا إِليه ذَهباً وبَخوراً ومُرّاً. ثُمَّ أُوحِيَ إِليهِم في الحُلمِ أَلاَّ يَرجِعوا إِلى هيرودُس، فانصَرَفوا في طَريقٍ آخَرَ إِلى بِلادِهم.

الكاهن :المجد لله دائما ً  الشعب :المجد للمسيح ربنا 

إبتهالات .. وطلبات .. وتضرعات

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

* يا رب، من أجل أن نثمن دعوتنا المسيحية ونسعى بكل معانيها وأبعادها بحيث تغدو حضوراً ومشاركة، نطلب منك.

* يا رب، من أجل أن نعمل على نزع الإنسان الفاسد فينا وننفتح على نداءات الروح ونتجدد دوماً، نطلب منك.

* يا رب، من أجل أن تكون السنة الجديدة، سنة نموّ بالنعمة والقامة لكل منا وسنة خير وبركة وسلام لعالمنا، نطلب منك.

Quote of the Week

We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage

Sunday Readings,

1st Sunday after the Nativity

30 December 2018

The Visitation of Magi to Jesus

The Idea of Ritual

The prayers of this first Sunday after the nativity of Jesus invite us to reflect on the freedom given to us by Jesus Christ, that builds and pleases, not the freedom of chaos that destroys and ends everything. It is the freedom of children born of love, not of benefit or fear.

1st Reading: 1Sam 1: 19- 28  

Please sit and listen to the reading of the first book of Samuel: Barikh-Mar.

Early the next morning they (Hannah and Elkanah) worshiped before the LORD, and then returned to their home in Ramah. When they returned Elkanah had intercourse with his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her. She conceived and, at the end of her pregnancy, bore a son whom she named Samuel. “Because I asked the LORD for him.” The next time her husband Elkanah was going up with the rest of his household to offer the customary sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vows, Hannah did not go, explaining to her husband, “Once the child is weaned, I will take him to appear before the LORD and leave him there forever.” Her husband Elkanah answered her: “Do what you think best; wait until you have weaned him. Only may the LORD fulfill his word!” And so she remained at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him. Once he was weaned, she brought him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and presented him at the house of the LORD in Shiloh. After they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the child to Eli. Then Hannah spoke up: “Excuse me, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here near you, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.” Then they worshiped there before the LORD. Amen.

2nd Reading/Gal 4: 18- 22; 5: 1

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

Now it is good to be shown interest for good reason at all times, and not only when I am with you. My children, for whom I am again in labor until Christ be formed in you! I would like to be with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed because of you. An Allegory on Christian Freedom. Tell me, you who want to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the freeborn woman. For freedom* Christ set us free; so, stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

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

Gospel Reading/ Mt 2: 1-12

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the new-born king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” After their audience with the king, they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.

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

 

Prayers of the Faithful

Let us all stand with joy and ask with confidence, saying, O Lord, have mercy on us.

* O Lord, we ask that you help us value our Christian Mission and seek all its meanings and dimensions so that they become present in us, Lord have mercy.

* O Lord, we ask that you remove the corruption in mankind and open the holy spirits calls and renew the soul, Lord have mercy.

* O Lord, we ask that the New Year be a year of growth by grace and sanctity for each of us and a year of joy, blessings, and peace for our world, Lord have mercy.