Quote of the Week
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”
The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Third Sunday of Summer (Qayt)
August 6, 2017
First Reading/ Isaiah 6: 1-13
A reading from the Book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar:
In the year in which king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, sublime and exalted, and the things that were under him filled the temple. The Seraphim were standing above the throne. One had six wings, and the other had six wings: with two they were covering his face, and with two they were covering his feet, and with two they were flying. And they were crying out to one another, and saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!” And the lintels above the hinges were shaken at the voice of the one crying out. And the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe to me! For I have remained silent. For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live in the midst of a people having unclean lips, and I have seen with my eyes the King, the Lord of hosts!” And one of the Seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a burning coal, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth, and he said, “Behold, this has touched your lips, and so your iniquities will be taken away, and your sin will be cleansed.” And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send?” and, “Who will go for us?” And I said: “Here I am. Send me.” And he said: “Go forth! And you shall say to this people: ‘When you listen, you will hear and not understand. And when you see a vision, you will not comprehend.’ Blind the heart of this people. Make their ears heavy and close their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and then I would heal them.” And I said, “For how long, O Lord?” And he said, “Until the cities are desolate, without an inhabitant, and the houses are without a man, and the land will be left behind, deserted.” For the Lord will take the men far away, and she who will have been left behind will be multiplied in the midst of the earth. But still, there will be a tithing within her, and she will be converted, and she will be put on display, like a terebinth tree and like an oak which extends its branches. And what will remain standing within her will be a holy offspring. Amen.
Second Reading/ Hebrews 12: 18- 25
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Hebrews Barikh-Mar.
But you have not drawn near to a tangible mountain, or a burning fire, or a whirlwind, or a mist, or a storm, or the sound of a trumpet, or a voice of words. Those who had experienced these things excused themselves, lest the Word be spoken to them. For they could not bear what was said, and so, if even a beast would have touched the mountain, it would have been stoned. And what was seen was so terrible that even Moses said: “I am terrified, and so, I tremble.” But you have drawn near to mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the company of many thousands of Angels, and to the Church of the first-born, those who have been inscribed in the heavens, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect, and to Jesus, the Mediator of the New Testament, and to a sprinkling of blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. Be careful not to reject the One who is speaking. For if those who rejected him who was speaking upon the earth were not able to escape, so much more we who might turn away from the One who is speaking to us from heaven.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Third Reading/ Gospel Matthew 17: 11- 19
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Matthew.
And after six days, Jesus took Peter and James and his brother John, and he led them onto a lofty mountain separately. And he was transfigured before them. And his face shined brightly like the sun. And his garments were made white like snow. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, speaking with him. And Peter responded by saying to Jesus: “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you are willing, let us make three tabernacles here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” And while he was still speaking, behold, a shining cloud overshadowed them. And behold, there was a voice from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.” And the disciples, hearing this, fell prone on their face, and they were very afraid. And Jesus drew near and touched them. And he said to them, “Rise up and do not be afraid.” And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone. And as they were descending from the mountain, Jesus instructed them, saying, “Tell no one about the vision, until the Son of man has risen from the dead.”
P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.