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Readings: Second Sunday of Summer (Qayta)

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For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life

 

Second Sunday of Summer (Qayt)

July 30, 2017

 

Sunday Readings

First Reading/ Is 4: 2- 6

A reading from the Book of  Isaiah Barikh-Mar:

In that day, the seedling of the Lord will have magnificence and glory, and the fruit of the earth will be greatly-esteemed and a source of joy to those who will have been saved out of Israel. And this shall be: all who are left behind in Zion, and who remain in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, all who have been written in life in Jerusalem. Then the Lord will have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and will have washed away the blood of Jerusalem from its midst, by means of a spirit of judgment and a spirit of intense devotion. And the Lord will create, over every place of Mount Zion and wherever he is called upon, a cloud by day and a smoke with the splendor of burning fire by night. For protection will be over every glory. And there will be a tabernacle for shade from the heat in daytime, and for security, and for protection from the whirlwind and from rain. Amen.

 

 Second Reading/ 2 Corinthians 3: 4-11; 17-18.

A reading from the Second  Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians Barikh-Mar.

And we have such faith, through Christ, toward God. It is not that we are adequate to think anything of ourselves, as if anything was from us. But our adequacy is from God. And he has made us suitable ministers of the New Testament, not in the letter, but in the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministration of death, engraved with letters upon stones, was in glory, (so much so that the sons of Israel were not able to gaze intently upon the face of Moses, because of the glory of his countenance) even though this ministration was ineffective, how could the ministration of the Spirit not be in greater glory? For if the ministration of condemnation is with glory, so much more is the ministration of justice abundant in glory. And neither was it glorified by means of an excellent glory, though it was made illustrious in its own way. For if even what was temporary has its glory, then what is lasting has an even greater glory. Now the Spirit is Lord. And wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Yet truly, all of us, as we gaze upon the unveiled glory of the face of the Lord, are transfigured into the same image, from one glory to another. And this is done by the Spirit of the Lord.

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

 

Third Reading/ Gospel Luke 15: 11- 24

And he said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to the father, ‘Father, give me the portion of your estate which would go to me.’ And he divided the estate between them. And after not many days, the younger son, gathering it all together, set out on a long journey to a distant region. And there, he dissipated his substance, living in luxury. And after he had consumed it all, a great famine occurred in that region, and he began to be in need. And he went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that region. And he sent him to his farm, in order to feed the swine. And he wanted to fill his belly with the scraps that the swine ate. But no one would give it to him. And returning to his senses, he said: ‘How many hired hands in my father’s house have abundant bread, while I perish here in famine! I shall rise up and go to my father, and I will say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am not worthy to be called your son. Make me one of your hired hands.’ And rising up, he went to his father. But while he was still at a distance, his father saw him, and he was moved with compassion, and running to him, he fell upon his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him: ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. Now I am not worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants: ‘Quickly! Bring out the best robe, and clothe him with it. And put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here, and kill it. And let us eat and hold a feast. For this son of mine was dead, and has revived; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to feast

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: First Sunday of Qayta (Nosardeal)

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What will separate us from the love of Christ?

 

First Sunday of Qayta

July 16, 2017

First Reading/ Acts 5: 12- 16 

A reading from the Book of Acts “Barikh-Mar “.

And through the hands of the Apostles many signs and wonders were accomplished among the people. And they all met with one accord at Solomon’s portico. And among the others, no one dared to join himself to them. But the people magnified them. Now the multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord was ever increasing, so much so that they laid the infirm in the streets, placing them on beds and stretchers, so that, as Peter arrived, at least his shadow might fall upon any one of them, and they would be freed from their infirmities. But a multitude also hurried to Jerusalem from the neighboring cities, carrying the sick and those troubled by unclean spirits, who were all healed. Amen.

Second Reading/ First Corinthians 4: 9- 13

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barikh-Mar.

For I think that God has presented us as the last Apostles, as those destined for death. For we have been made into a spectacle for the world, and for Angels, and for men. So we are fools because of Christ, but you are discerning in Christ? We are weak, but you are strong? You are noble, but we are ignoble? Even to this very hour, we hunger and thirst, and we are naked and repeatedly beaten, and we are unsteady. And we labor, working with our own hands. We are slandered, and so we bless. We suffer and endure persecution. We are cursed, and so we pray. We have become like the refuse of this world, like the reside of everything, even until now.

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

 

 

Gospel Reading/ Luke 14: 1-6

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke.

when Jesus entered the house of a certain leader of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they were observing him. And behold, a certain man before him was afflicted with edema. And responding, Jesus spoke to the experts in the law and to the Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath?” But they kept silent. Yet truly, taking hold of him, he healed him and sent him away. And responding to them, he said, “Which of you will have a donkey or an ox fall into a pit, and will not promptly pull him out, on the day of the Sabbath?” And they were unable to respond to him about these things.

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: Seventh Sunday of Apostles

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Make every effort to enter through the narrow door

 

7th Sunday of Apostles

July 16, 2017

 

1st Reading/ Isaiah 5: 8- 11 

A reading from the Book of Isaiah “Barikh-Mar “.

You are doomed! You buy more houses and fields to add to those you already have. Soon there will be no place for anyone else to live, and you alone will live in the land.  I have heard the Lord Almighty say, “All these big, fine houses will be empty ruins.  The grapevines growing on five acres of land will yield only five gallons of wine. Ten bushels of seed will produce only one bushel of grain.” You are doomed! You get up early in the morning to start drinking, and you spend long evenings getting drunk. Amen.

 

2nd Reading/1st Corinthians 15: 58-16:4

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barikh-Mar.

So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless. Now, concerning what you wrote about the money to be raised to help God’s people in Judea. You must do what I told the churches in Galatia to do. Every Sunday each of you must put aside some money, in proportion to what you have earned, and save it up, so that there will be no need to collect money when I come. After I come, I shall give letters of introduction to those you have approved, and send them to take your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems worthwhile for me to go, then they can go along with me.

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

 

Gospel Reading/ Luke 13: 22- 30 

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke.

Jesus went through towns and villages, teaching the people and making his way toward Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Sir, will just a few people be saved?” Jesus answered them, “Do your best to go in through the narrow door; because many people will surely try to go in but will not be able. The master of the house will get up and close the door; then when you stand outside and begin to knock on the door and say, ‘Open the door for us, sir!’ he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from!’ Then you will answer, ‘We ate and drank with you; you taught in our town!’ But he will say again, ‘I don’t know where you come from. Get away from me, all you wicked people!’ How you will cry and gnash your teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, while you are thrown out! People will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down at the feast in the Kingdom of God. Then those who are now last will be first, and those who are now first will be last.”

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: Sixth Sunday of Aposles

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 I tell you no ! But unless you repent you to will all perish

Sixth Sunday of Apostles

July 09, 2017

 

1st Reading/ Isaiah 2: 1-5 

A reading from the Book of Isaiah “Barikh-Mar “.

Here is the message which God gave to Isaiah son of Amoz about Judah and Jerusalem: In days to come the mountain where the Temple stands will be the highest one of all, towering above all the hills. Many nations will come streaming to it, and their people will say “Let us go up the hill of the Lord, to the Temple of Israel’s God. He will teach us what he wants us to do; we will walk in the paths he has chosen. For the Lord’s teaching comes from Jerusalem; from Zion he speaks to his people.” He will settle disputes among great nations. They will hammer their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will never again go to war, never prepare for battle again. Now, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light which the Lord gives us!. Amen.

 

2nd Reading /1st  Corinthians 10: 14-17, 13-33

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barikh-Mar.

So then, my dear friends, keep away from the worship of idols. I speak to you as sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup we use in the Lord’s Supper and for which we give thanks to God: when we drink from it, we are sharing in the blood of Christ. And the bread we break: when we eat it, we are sharing in the body of Christ. Because there is the one loaf of bread, all of us, though many, are one body, for we all share the same loaf. Well, whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for God’s glory. Live in such a way as to cause no trouble either to Jews or Gentiles or to the church of God. Just do as I do; I try to please everyone in all that I do, not thinking of my own good, but of the good of all, so that they might be saved.

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

 

 

Gospel Reading/ Luke 13: 10-17

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke.

One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in a synagogue. A woman there had an evil spirit that had kept her sick for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called out to her, “Woman, you are free from your sickness!” He placed his hands on her, and at once she straightened herself up and praised God. The official of the synagogue was angry that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, so he spoke up and said to the people, “There are six days in which we should work; so come during those days and be healed, but not on the Sabbath!” The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Any one of you would untie your ox or your donkey from the stall and take it out to give it water on the Sabbath. Now here is this descendant of Abraham whom Satan has kept in bonds for eighteen years; should she not be released on the Sabbath?” His answer made his enemies ashamed of themselves, while the people rejoiced over all the wonderful things that he did.

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: Fifth Sunday of Apostles

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Life is more than food

 

Fifth Sunday of Apostles

July 02, 2017

Third of July is the Feast of St Thomas, the intercessor of our Patriarchate and Diocese

1st Reading/ Isaiah 1:21-31

A reading from the Book of Isaiah “Barikh-Mar “.

The city that once was faithful is behaving like a whore! At one time it was filled with righteous people, but now only murderers remain. Jerusalem, you were once like silver, but now you are worthless; you were like good wine, but now you are only water. Your leaders are rebels and friends of thieves; they are always accepting gifts and bribes. They never defend orphans in court or listen when widows present their case. So now, listen to what the Lord Almighty, Israel’s powerful God, is saying: “I will take revenge on you, my enemies, and you will cause me no more trouble. I will take action against you. I will purify you the way metal is refined, and will remove all your impurity. I will give you rulers and advisers like those you had long ago. Then Jerusalem will be called the righteous, faithful city.” Because the Lord is righteous, he will save Jerusalem and everyone there who repents. But he will crush everyone who sins and rebels against him; he will kill everyone who forsakes him. You will be sorry that you ever worshiped trees and planted sacred gardens. You will wither like a dying oak, like a garden that no one waters. Just as straw is set on fire by a spark, so powerful people will be destroyed by their own evil deeds, and no one will be able to stop the destruction. Amen.

 

2nd Reading /1st  Corinthians 14: 1-5, 18

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barikh-Mar.

It is love, then, that you should strive for. Set your hearts on spiritual gifts, especially the gift of proclaiming God’s message. Those who speak in strange tongues do not speak to others but to God, because no one understands them. They are speaking secret truths by the power of the Spirit. But those who proclaim God’s message speak to people and give them help, encouragement, and comfort. Those who speak in strange tongues help only themselves, but those who proclaim God’s message help the whole church. I would like for all of you to speak in strange tongues; but I would rather that you had the gift of proclaiming God’s message. For the person who proclaims God’s message is of greater value than the one who speaks in strange tongues—unless there is someone present who can explain what is said, so that the whole church may be helped. I thank God that I speak in strange tongues much more than any of you.

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

 

Gospel Reading/ Luke 12: 16- 21

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke.

Then Jesus told them this parable: “There was once a rich man who had land which bore good crops. He began to think to himself, ‘I don’t have a place to keep all my crops. What can I do? This is what I will do,’ he told himself; ‘I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store the grain and all my other goods. Then I will say to myself, Lucky man! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?’” And Jesus concluded, “This is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God’s sight.”

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: Fourth Sunday of Apostles

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If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?

 

4th Sunday of Apostles

25 June 2017

 

1st Reading/ Isaiah 1: 2-6, 16-17 

A reading from the Book of Isaiah “Barikh-Mar “.

The Lord said, “Earth and sky, listen to what I am saying! The children I brought up have rebelled against me. Cattle know who owns them, and donkeys know where their master feeds them. But that is more than my people Israel know. They don’t understand at all.” You are doomed, you sinful nation, you corrupt and evil people! Your sins drag you down! You have rejected the Lord, the holy God of Israel, and have turned your backs on him. Why do you keep on rebelling? Do you want to be punished even more? Israel, your head is already covered with wounds, and your heart and mind are sick. From head to foot there is not a healthy spot on your body. You are covered with bruises and sores and open wounds. Your wounds have not been cleaned or bandaged. No medicine has been put on them. Wash yourselves clean. Stop all this evil that I see you doing. Yes, stop doing evil and learn to do right. See that justice is done—help those who are oppressed, give orphans their rights, and defend widows.”  Amen.

 

2nd Reading /1st  Corinthians 9: 16-19, 20-23

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barikh-Mar.

I have no right to boast just because I preach the gospel. After all, I am under orders to do so. And how terrible it would be for me if I did not preach the gospel! If I did my work as a matter of free choice, then I could expect to be paid; but I do it as a matter of duty, because God has entrusted me with this task. What pay do I get, then? It is the privilege of preaching the Good News without charging for it, without claiming my rights in my work for the gospel. I am a free man, nobody’s slave; but I make myself everybody’s slave in order to win as many people as possible. All this I do for the gospel’s sake, in order to share in its blessings.

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

 

Gospel Reading/ Luke 6: 12-17, 20-23

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke.

At that time Jesus went up a hill to pray and spent the whole night there praying to God. When day came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he named apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter) and his brother Andrew; James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon (who was called the Patriot), Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became the traitor. When Jesus had come down from the hill with the apostles, he stood on a level place with a large number of his disciples. A large crowd of people was there from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from the coast cities of Tyre and Sidon; Jesus looked at his disciples and said, “Happy are you poor; the Kingdom of God is yours! “Happy are you who are hungry now; you will be filled “Happy are you who weep now; you will laugh! “Happy are you when people hate you, reject you, insult you, and say that you are evil, all because of the Son of Man! Be glad when that happens and dance for joy, because a great reward is kept for you in heaven. For their ancestors did the very same things to the prophets.

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

 

Readings: 3rd Sunday of Apostles – Feast of Corpus Christi

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Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.

 

3rd Sunday of Apostles – Feast of Corpus Christi

18 June 2017

 

1st Reading/ Malachi 1: 6- 11

A reading from the Book of Malachi “Barikh-Mar “.

‘The son honours his father, the slave stands in awe of his master. But if I am indeed father, where is the honour due to me? And if I am indeed master, where is the awe due to me? says Yahweh Sabaoth to you priests who despise my name. You ask, “How have we despised your name?” By putting polluted food on my altar. You ask, “How have we polluted you?” By saying, “The table of Yahweh deserves no respect.” When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is this not wrong? When you bring the lame and the diseased, is this not wrong? If you offer them to your governor, see if he is pleased with them or receives you graciously, says Yahweh Sabaoth. In that case, try pleading with God to take pity on us (that is what you have done), and will he take any notice? says Yahweh Sabaoth. Why does one of you not close the doors and so stop the pointless lighting of fires on my altar? I am not pleased with you, says Yahweh Sabaoth; from your hands I find no offerings acceptable. But from farthest east to farthest west my name is great among the nations, and everywhere incense and a pure gift are offered to my name, since my name is great among the nations, says Yahweh Sabaoth… Amen.

 

2nd Reading /1st  Corinthians 10: 15-17, 11: 23-30

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barikh-Mar.

I am talking to you as sensible people; weigh up for yourselves what I have to say. The blessing-cup, which we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? And as there is one loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body, for we all share in the one loaf. For the tradition I received from the Lord and also handed on to you is that on the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and after he had given thanks, he broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ And in the same way, with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Whenever you eat this bread, then, and drink this cup, you are proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes. Therefore anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily is answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone is to examine himself and only then eat of the bread or drink from the cup; because a person who eats and drinks without recognising the body is eating and drinking his own condemnation. That is why many of you are weak and ill and a good number have died.

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

 

Gospel Reading/ John 6: 51- 64

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint John.

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’ Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person. As the living Father sent me and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me. This is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live forever. This is what he taught at Capernaum in the synagogue. After hearing it, many of his followers said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, ‘Does this disturb you? What if you should see the Son of man ascend to where he was before? ‘It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. ‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the outset who did not believe and who was to betray him.

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: 2nd Sunday of Apostles – Trinity Sunday

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I tell you that her sins, many as they are, have been forgiven her, because she has shown such great love.

 

Trinity Sunday

11 June 2017

 

1st Reading/ Acts 4: 5- 12

A reading from the Book of Acts “Barikh-Mar “.

It happened that the next day the rulers, elders and scribes held a meeting in Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, Jonathan, Alexander and all the members of the high-priestly families. They made the prisoners stand in the middle and began to interrogate them, ‘By what power, and by whose name have you men done this?’ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed them, ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple and asking us how he was healed, you must know, all of you, and the whole people of Israel, that it is by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, and God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man stands before you cured. This is the stone which you, the builders, rejected but which has become the cornerstone. Only in him is there salvation; for of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’

Amen.

 

2nd Reading /1  Corinthians 5: 6- 13

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barikh-Mar

Your self-satisfaction is ill founded. Do you not realise that only a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Throw out the old yeast so that you can be the fresh dough, unleavened as you are. For our Passover has been sacrificed, that is, Christ; let us keep the feast, then, with none of the old yeast and no leavening of evil and wickedness, but only the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. In my letter, I wrote to you that you should have nothing to do with people living immoral lives. I was not including everybody in this present world who is sexually immoral, or everybody who is greedy, or dishonest or worships false gods — that would mean you would have to cut yourselves off completely from the world. In fact what I meant was that you were not to have anything to do with anyone going by the name of brother who is sexually immoral, or is greedy, or worships false gods, or is a slanderer or a drunkard or dishonest; never even have a meal with anybody of that kind. It is no concern of mine to judge outsiders. It is for you to judge those who are inside, is it not? But outsiders are for God to judge. You must banish this evil-doer from among you.

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

 

Gospel Reading/ Luke 7: 36- 50

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke.

One of the Pharisees invited him to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table, suddenly a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who this woman is and what sort of person it is who is touching him and what a bad name she has. ‘Then Jesus took him up and said, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ He replied, ‘Say on, Master. ‘There was once a creditor who had two men in his debt; one owed him five hundred denarius, the other fifty. They were unable to pay, so he let them both off. Which of them will love him more?’Simon answered, ‘The one who was let off more, I suppose.’ Jesus said, ‘You are right. ‘Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘You see this woman? I came into your house, and you poured no water over my feet, but she has poured out her tears over my feet and wiped them away with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but she has been covering my feet with kisses ever since I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. For this reason I tell you that her sins, many as they are, have been forgiven her, because she has shown such great love. It is someone who is forgiven little who shows little love. ‘Then he said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven. ‘Those who were with him at table began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this man, that even forgives sins?’But he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: First Sunday of Apostles/ Pentecost (The Coming of The Holy Spirit)

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But The Fruit the Spirit is Lovet, Joy  Peace Patients Kindness Goodness Faithfulness

 

Pentecost (The Coming of  Holy Spirit)

25 May  2017

 

1st Reading/ Acts 2: 1- 12

A reading from the Book of Acts “Barikh-Mar “.

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves. Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, and each one was bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely,’ they said, ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; residents of Rome- Jews and proselytes alike — Cretans and Arabs, we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’ Everyone was amazed and perplexed; they asked one another what it all meant….Amen.

 

2nd Reading /1  Corinthians 12: 1- 11

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barikh-Mar

About the gifts of the Spirit, brothers, I want you to be quite certain. You remember that, when you were pagans, you were irresistibly drawn to inarticulate heathen gods. Because of that, I want to make it quite clear to you that no one who says ‘A curse on Jesus’ can be speaking in the Spirit of God, and nobody is able to say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit. There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit; there are many different ways of serving, but it is always the same Lord. There are many different forms of activity, but in everybody it is the same God who is at work in them all. The particular manifestation of the Spirit granted to each one is to be used for the general good. To one is given from the Spirit the gift of utterance expressing wisdom; to another the gift of utterance expressing knowledge, in accordance with the same Spirit; to another, faith, from the same Spirit; and to another, the gifts of healing, through this one Spirit; to another, the working of miracles; to another, prophecy; to another, the power of distinguishing spirits; to one, the gift of different tongues and to another, the interpretation of tongues. But at work in all these is one and the same Spirit, distributing them at will to each individual.

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

 

Gospel Reading/ John 14: 15-16, 25-26/ 15: 26-27/ 16: 1-4

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint John.

If you love me you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete to be with you forever, I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. When the Paraclete comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness. And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning. I have told you all this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues, and indeed the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a holy service to God. They will do these things because they have never known either the Father or me. But I have told you all this, so that when the time for it comes you may remember that I told you. I did not tell you this from the beginning, because I was with you;

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

Readings: Feast of the Ascension

 

Quote  and Readings of the Week 

“As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven.”

 

Ascension Day (Solaqa)

25 May  2017

 

1st Reading/ Acts 1: 6- 12

A reading from the Book of ACTS “Barikh-Mar “.

When the apostles met together with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time give the Kingdom back to Israel?” Jesus said to them, “The times and occasions are set by my Father’s own authority, and it is not for you to know when they will be. But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After saying this, he was taken up to heaven as they watched him, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They still had their eyes fixed on the sky as he went away, when two men dressed in white suddenly stood beside them and said, “Galileans, why are you standing there looking up at the sky? This Jesus, who was taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw him go to heaven.” Then the apostles went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is about half a mile away from the city……..Amen.

 

2nd Reading /1 Timothy 1: 18- 2: 6

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Timothy “Barikh-Mar.

Timothy, my child, I entrust to you this command, which is in accordance with the words of prophecy spoken in the past about you. Use those words as weapons in order to fight well, and keep your faith and a clear conscience. Some people have not listened to their conscience and have made a ruin of their faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have punished by handing them over to the power of Satan; this will teach them to stop their blasphemy. First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct. This is good and it pleases God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth. For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and human beings together, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself to redeem the whole human race. That was the proof at the right time that God wants everyone to be saved.

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen

 

Gospel Reading/ Luke 24: 44- 53

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke.

Then he said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you.” Then he led them out of the city as far as Bethany, where he raised his hands and blessed them. As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. They worshiped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great joy, and spent all their time in the Temple giving thanks to God.

P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.