Quote of the Week
“Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you.”
Fourth Sunday of Summer (Qayt)
August 13, 2017
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading/ Acts 1: 12- 14
A reading from the Book of Acts Barikh-Mar:
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain, which is called Olivet, which is next to Jerusalem, within a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered into the cenacle, they ascended to the place where Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude of James, were staying. All these were persevering with one accord in prayer with the women, and with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.. Amen.
Second Reading/ Romans 16: 1-6, 16
A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians Barikh-Mar.
Now I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is in the ministry of the church, which is at Cenchreae, so that you may receive her in the Lord with the worthiness of the saints, and so that you may be of assistance to her in whatever task she will have need of you. For she herself has also assisted many, and myself also. Greet Prisca and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Jesus, who have risked their own necks on behalf of my life, for whom I give thanks, not I alone, but also all the churches of the Gentiles; and greet the church at their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is among the first-fruits of Asia in Christ. Greet Mary, who has labored much among you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/John2: 12; Matthew13: 53-57/ 12: 46- 50; Luke 11: 27-28
A reading from the Holy Gospel according St John.
After this, he descended to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, but they did not remain there for many days. And it happened that, when Jesus had completed these parables, he went away from there. And arriving in his own country, he taught them in their synagogues, so much so that they wondered and said: “How can such wisdom and power be with this one? Is this not the son of a workman? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Jude? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Therefore, from where has this one obtained all these things?” And they took offense at him. While he was still speaking to the crowds, behold, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak with him. And someone said to him: “Behold, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, seeking you.” But responding to the one speaking to him, he said, “Which one is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And extending his hand to his disciples, he said: “Behold: my mother and my brothers. For anyone who does the will of my Father, who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” And it happened that, when he was saying these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you.” Then he said, “Yes, but moreover: blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”
P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.