Readings: 3rd Sunday of Slewa Cross

Quote of the Week  

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

 3rd Sunday After Cross

Sunday 04 Oct 2015 Readings



1st Reading/ Deuteronomy 9: 13-22

A reading from the  Book of Deuteronomy” Barichmar”

I have seen now how stiff-necked this people is,’ the LORD said to me. ‘Let me be, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heavens. I will then make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’ “When I had come down again from the blazing, fiery mountain, with the two tablets of the covenant in both my hands, I saw how you had sinned against the LORD, your God: you had already turned aside from the way which the LORD had pointed out to you by making for yourselves a molten calf! Raising the two tablets with both hands I threw them from me and broke them before your eyes. Then, as before, I lay prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights without eating or drinking, because of all the sin you had committed in the sight of the LORD and the evil you had done to provoke him. For I dreaded the fierce anger of the LORD against you: his wrath would destroy you. Yet once again the LORD listened to me. With Aaron, too, the LORD was deeply angry, and would have killed him had I not prayed for him also at that time. Then, taking the calf, the sinful object you had made, and fusing it with fire, I ground it down to powder as fine as dust, which I threw into the wadi that went down the mountainside. “At Taberah, at Massah, and at Kibroth-hattaavah likewise, you provoked the LORD to anger.

This is the Word of the Lord


2nd Reading / Philippians 4: 4-23

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Philippians: “Barichmar”.

And petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And 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

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tire and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Priest: Glory be to God for ever.


Prayers of the faithful

*Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for the sponsors of our Churches, His Holiness Pope Francis and His Beatitude Mar Lewis our Patriarch, and Mar Amel our Bishop, and all the priests and deacons. That we may be an example of the Apostles in union with you.  Lord hear us

*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

* 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