Quote of the Week
The Virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel “which means, God with us,”
Fourth Sunday of Advent (Subara)
18 December 216,
St Joseph Feast
1st Reading/Genesis 24: 50- 60
Listen to the book of Genesis: Barick-Mar.
Laban and Bethuel said in reply: “This thing comes from the LORD; we can say nothing to you either for or against it. Here is Rebekah, right in front of you; take her and go, that she may become the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has said.” When Abraham’s servant heard their answer, he bowed to the ground before the LORD. Then he brought out objects of silver and gold and clothing and presented them to Rebekah; he also gave costly presents to her brother and mother. After he and the men with him had eaten and drunk, they spent the night there. When they got up the next morning, he said, “Allow me to return to my master.” Her brother and mother replied, “Let the young woman stay with us a short while, say ten days; after that she may go. ”But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the LORD has made my journey successful; let me go back to my master.” They answered, “Let us call the young woman and see what she herself has to say about it.” So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?” She answered, “I will.” At this they sent off their sister Rebekah and her nurse with Abraham’s servant and his men. They blessed Rebekah and said: “Sister, may you grow into thousands of myriads; And may your descendants gain possession of the gates of their enemies!”….. Amen.
2nd Reading / Ephesians 5: 5-14
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians: Barick-Mar.
Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light… The grace and peace be with you all brothers.
Gospel Reading/ Matthew 1:18-25
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew:
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.
Priest: Glory be to God for ever…People: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.