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Readings: Third Sunday of Elijah

Quote of the Week

For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.


Third Sunday of Elijah

24 September 2017


First  Reading/ Isaiah 32: 1- 8

A reading from the book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar

There will be a king who reigns uprightly and princes who rule with fair judgment; each will be like a shelter from the wind, a refuge from the storm, like streams on arid ground, like the shade of a solid rock in a desolate land. The eyes of seers will no longer be closed, the ears of hearers will be alert, the heart of the hasty will learn to think things over, and the tongue of stammerers will speak promptly and clearly. The fool will no longer be called generous, nor the rascal be styled bountiful. For the fool speaks folly and his heart is set on villainy; he is godless in his actions and his words ascribe error to Yahweh; he starves the hungry of their food and refuses drink to the thirsty. Everything to do with the rascal is evil, he devises infamous plans to ruin the poor with lying words even when the needy has right on his side; but the noble person plans only noble things, noble his every move. Amen.


Second Reading / Phil 1: 12- 21

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Philippians

: Barikh-Mar

I want you to know, my friends, that the things that have happened to me have really helped the progress of the gospel. As a result, the whole palace guard and all the others here know that I am in prison because I am a servant of Christ. And my being in prison has given most of the believers more confidence in the Lord, so that they grow bolder all the time to preach the message fearlessly. Of course some of them preach Christ because they are jealous and quarrelsome, but others from genuine good will. These do so from love, because they know that God has given me the work of defending the gospel. The others do not proclaim Christ sincerely, but from a spirit of selfish ambition; they think that they will make more trouble for me while I am in prison. It does not matter! I am happy about it—just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives. And I will continue to be happy, because I know that by means of your prayers and the help which comes from the Spirit of Jesus Christ I shall be set free. My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially right now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.

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


Third Reading/ Matthew 13: 24-30

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up. The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’ ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him. ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’

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

Readings: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Quote of the Week

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ



Exaltation of the Holy Cross

14 September 2017

The Celebration is on Sunday 17 September 2017


First Reading/Isaiah 52: 13-14 + 53: 3-8

A reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah Barick-Mar

Behold, my servant will understand; he will be exalted and lifted up, and he will be very sublime. Just as they were stupefied over you, so will his countenance be without glory among men, and his appearance, among the sons of men. He is despised and the least among men, a man of sorrows who knows infirmity. And his countenance was hidden and despised. Because of this, we did not esteem him. Truly, he has taken away our weaknesses, and he himself has carried our sorrows. And we thought of him as if he were a leper, or as if he had been struck by God and humiliated. But he himself was wounded because of our iniquities. He was bruised because of our wickedness. The discipline of our peace was upon him. And by his wounds, we are healed. We have all gone astray like sheep; each one has turned aside to his own way. And the Lord has placed all our iniquity upon him. He was offered up, because it was his own will. And he did not open his mouth. He will be led like a sheep to the slaughter. And he will be mute like a lamb before his shearer. For he will not open his mouth. He was lifted up from anguish and judgment. Who will describe his life? For he has been cut off from the land of the living. Because of the wickedness of my people, I have struck him down. Amen.


Second Reading /1Corinthians 1: 18- 25

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians:“Barick-Mar”.

For the Word of the Cross is certainly foolishness to those who are perishing. But to those who have been saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. For it has been written: “I will perish the wisdom of the wise, and I will reject the discernment of the prudent. Where are the wise? Where are the scribes? Where are the truth-seekers of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of this world into foolishness? For the world did not know God through wisdom, and so, in the wisdom of God, it pleased God to accomplish the salvation of believers, through the foolishness of our preaching. For the Jews ask for signs, and the Greeks seek wisdom. But we are preaching Christ crucified. Certainly, to the Jews, this is a scandal, and to the Gentiles, this is foolishness. But to those who have been called, Jews as well as Greeks, the Christ is the virtue of God and the wisdom of God. For what is foolishness to God is considered wise by men, and that which is weakness to God is considered strong by men.

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


Third Reading/ Luke 24: 13- 35

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to st Luke.

And behold, two of them went out, on the same day, to a town named Emmaus, which was the distance of sixty stadia from Jerusalem. And they spoke to one another about all of these things that had occurred. And it happened that, while they were speculating and questioning within themselves, Jesus himself, drawing near, traveled with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they would not recognize him. And he said to them, “What are these words, which you are discussing with one another, as you walk and are sad?” And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, responded by saying to him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said, “About Jesus of Nazareth, who was a noble prophet, powerful in works and in words, before God and all the people. And how our high priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death. And they crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the Redeemer of Israel. And now, on top of all this, today is the third day since these things have happened. Then, too, certain women from among us terrified us. For before daytime, they were at the tomb, and, having not found his body, they returned, saying that they had even seen a vision of Angels, who said that he is alive. And some of us went out to the tomb. And they found it just as the women had said. But truly, they did not find him.” And he said to them: “How foolish and reluctant in heart you are, to believe everything that has been spoken by the Prophets! Was not the Christ required to suffer these things, and so enter into his glory?” And beginning from Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them, in all the Scriptures, the things that were about him. And they drew near to the town where they were going. And he conducted himself so as to go on further. But they were insistent with him, saying, “Remain with us, because it is toward evening and now daylight is declining.” And so he entered with them. And it happened that, while he was at table with them, he took bread, and he blessed and broke it, and he extended it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their eyes. And they said to one another, “Was not our heart burning within us, while he was speaking on the way, and when he opened the Scriptures to us?” And rising up at that same hour, they returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, saying: “In truth, the Lord has risen, and he has appeared to Simon.” And they explained the things that were done on the way, and how they had recognized him at the breaking of the bread.

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

Readings: First Sunday of Elijah

Quote of the Week

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was  lost.”


First  Sunday of Elijah

10 September 2017


First  Reading/ Isaiah 31: 1- 9

A reading from the book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar

Woe to those who descend into Egypt for assistance, hoping in horses, and putting their trust in four-horse chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are exceedingly strong. And they have not believed in the Holy One of Israel, and they have not sought the Lord. Therefore, being wise, he has permitted harm, and he has not removed his words, and he will rise up against the house of the wicked and against those who assist the workers of iniquity. Egypt is man, and not God. And their horses are flesh, and not spirit. And so, the Lord will reach down his hand, and the helper will fall, and the one who was being helped will fall, and they will all be consumed together. For the Lord says this to me: In the same way that a lion roars, and a young lion is over his prey, and though a multitude of shepherds may meet him, he will not dread their voice, nor be afraid of their number, so will the Lord of hosts descend in order to battle upon mount Zion and upon its hill. Like birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts protect Jerusalem, protecting and freeing, passing over and saving. Be converted to the same depth that you have drawn away, O sons of Israel. For in that day, a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your hands have made for you unto sin. And Assur will fall by a sword not of man, and a sword not of man will devour him. And he will not flee from the face of the sword, and his young men will be subject to a penalty. And his strength will pass away in terror, and his princes will flee in fear. The Lord has said it. His fire is in Zion, and his furnace is at Jerusalem. Amen.


Second Reading / 2 Thess 1: 1- 9

A reading from the second Letter of St. Paul to Thessalonians: Barikh-Mar

Paul and Sylvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians, in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to give thanks always to God for you, brothers, in a fitting manner, because your faith is increasing greatly, and because the charity of each of you toward one another is abundant, so much so that we ourselves even glory in you among the churches of God, because of your patience which are a sign of the just judgment of God, so that you may be held worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer. For certainly, it is just for God to repay trouble to those who trouble you, and to repay you, who are being troubled, with a repose with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with the Angels of his virtue,

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


Third Reading/ Luke 19: 1- 10

A reading from the Gospel of Saint Luke.

And having entered, he walked through Jericho. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. And he was the leader of the tax collectors, and he was wealthy. And he sought to see Jesus, to see who he was. But he was unable to do so, because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. And running ahead, he climbed up a sycamore tree, so that he might see him. For he was to pass near there. And when he had arrived at the place, Jesus looked up and saw him, and he said to him: “Zacchaeus, hurry down. For today, I should lodge in your house.” And hurrying, he came down, and he received him joyfully. And when they all saw this, they murmured, saying that he had turned aside to a sinful man. But Zacchaeus, standing still, said to the Lord: “Behold, Lord, one half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone in any matter, I will repay him fourfold.” Jesus said to him: “Today, salvation has come to this house; because of this, he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man has come to seek and to save what had been lost.”

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

Readings: Sixth Sunday of Summer (Qayta)

Quote of the Week

“Rise up, go forth. For your faith has saved you.”



Sixth Sunday of Summer (Qayt)

August 27, 2017  

Sunday Readings

First Reading/ Isaiah 29: 13- 21

A reading from the Book of  Isaiah Barikh-Mar:

And the Lord said: Since this people have drawn near to me only with their mouth, and their lips glorify me while their heart is far from me, and their fear of me is based on the commandments and doctrines of men, for this reason, behold, I will proceed to accomplish a wonder for this people, a great and mystifying miracle. For wisdom will perish from their wise, and the understanding of their prudent will be concealed. Woe to you who use the depths of the heart, so that you may hide your intentions from the Lord. Their works are done in darkness, and so they say: “Who sees us?” and “Who knows us?” This intention of yours is perverse. It is as if the clay were to plan against the potter, or as if the work were to say to its maker: “You did not make me.” Or it is as if what has been formed were to say to the one who formed it, “You do not understand.” In not more than a little while and a brief time, Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field, and a fruitful field will be considered to be a forest. And in that day, the deaf will hear the words of a book, and out of darkness and obscurity the eyes of the blind will see. And the meek will increase their rejoicing in the Lord, and the poor among men will exult in the Holy One of Israel. For the one who was prevailing has failed, the one who was mocking has been consumed, and all those who were standing guard over iniquity have been cut down. For they caused men to sin by a word, and they supplanted him who argued against them at the gates, and they turned away from justice in vain. Amen.


Second Reading/1 Thess 2: 1- 10

A reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to Thessalonians Barikh-Mar.

For you yourselves know, brothers, that our acceptance among you was not empty. Instead, having previously suffered and been treated shamefully, as you know, at Philippi, we had confidence in our God, so as to speak the Gospel of God to you with much solicitude. For our exhortation was not in error, nor from impurity, nor with deception. But, just as we have been tested by God, so that the Gospel would be entrusted to us, so also did we speak, not so as to please men, but rather to please God, who tests our hearts. And neither did we, at any time, become flattering in speech, as you know, nor did we seek an opportunity for avarice, as God is witness. Nor did we seek the glory of men, neither from you, nor from others. And although we could have been a burden to you, as Apostles of Christ, instead we became like little ones in your midst, like a nurse cherishing her children. So desirous were we for you that we were willing to hand over to you, not only the Gospel of God, but even our own souls. For you have become most beloved to us. For you remember, brothers, our hardship and weariness. We preached the Gospel of God among you, working night and day, so that we would not be burdensome to any of you. You are witnesses, as is God, of how holy and just and blameless we were with you who have believed.

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


Third Reading/ Gospel Luke 17: 11- 19

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke.

And it happened that, while he was travelling to Jerusalem, he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he was entering a certain town, ten leprous men met him, and they stood at a distance. And they lifted up their voice, saying, “Jesus, Teacher, take pity on us. And when he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And it happened that, as they were going, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was cleansed, returned, magnifying God with a loud voice. And he fell face down before his feet, giving thanks. And this one was a Samaritan. And in response, Jesus said: “Were not ten made clean? And so where are the nine? Was no one found who would return and give glory to God, except this foreigner?” And he said to him: “Rise up, go forth. For your faith has saved you.”

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

Readings: Fifth Sunday of Summer (Qayta)


Quote of the Week

But now he is consoled, and truly you are tormented


Fifth Sunday of Summer (Qayt)

August 20, 2017


Sunday Readings

First Reading/ Isaiah 28: 14- 22

A reading from the Book of  Isaiah Barikh-Mar:

Because of this, listen to the word of the Lord, you mocking men, who lord it over my people who are at Jerusalem. For you have said: “We struck a deal with death, and we formed a pact with Hell. When the inundating scourge passes through, it will not overwhelm us. For we have placed our hope in lies, and we are protected by what is false.”For this reason, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will set a stone within the foundations of Zion, a tested stone, a cornerstone, a precious stone, which has been established in the foundation: whoever trusts in him need not hurry. And I will establish judgment in weights, and justice in measures. And a hailstorm will overturn hope in what is false; and waters will inundate its protection. And your deal with death will be abolished, and your pact with Hell will not stand. When the inundating scourge passes through, you will be trampled down by it. Whenever it passes through, it will take you away. For, at first light of morning, it will pass through, in the day and in the night, and vexation alone will make you understand what you hear. For the bed has been narrowed, so much so that one alone would fall out, and the short blanket is not able to cover two. For the Lord will stand, just as at the mountain of divisions. He will be angry, just as in the valley which is in Gibeon, so that he may accomplish his work, his strange work, so that he may complete his work, his work which is foreign even to him. And now, do not be willing to mock, lest your chains be tightened. For I have heard, from the Lord, the God of hosts, about the consummation and the abridgement concerning the entire earth. Amen.



Second Reading/ 2 Corinthians 12: 14- 20

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

Behold, this is the third time I have prepared to come to you, and yet I will not be a burden to you. For I am seeking not the things that are yours, but you yourselves. And neither should the children store up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And so, very willingly, I will spend and exhaust myself for the sake of your souls, loving you more, while being loved less. And so be it. I have not burdened you, but instead, being astute, I obtained you by guile. And yet, did I defraud you by means of any of those whom I sent to you? I asked for Titus, and I sent a brother with him. Did Titus defraud you? Did we not walk with the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps? Have you ever thought that we should explain ourselves to you? We speak in the sight of God, in Christ. But all things, most beloved, are for your edification. Yet I fear, lest perhaps, when I have arrived, I might not find you such as I would want, and I might be found by you, such as you would not want. For perhaps there may be among you: contention, envy, animosity, dissension, detraction, whispering, self-exaltation, and rebellion.

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



Third Reading/ Gospel Luke 16: 19- 31

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke.

A certain man was wealthy, and he was clothed in purple and in fine linen. And he feasted splendidly every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, covered with sores, wanting to be filled with the crumbs which were falling from the wealthy man’s table. But no one gave it to him. And even the dogs came and licked his sores. Then it happened that the beggar died, and he was carried by the Angels into the bosom of Abraham. Now the wealthy man also died, and he was entombed in Hell. Then lifting up his eyes, while he was in torments, he saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom. And crying out, he said: ‘Father Abraham, take pity on me and send Lazarus, so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to refresh my tongue. For I am tortured in this fire.’ And Abraham said to him: ‘Son, recall that you received good things in your life, and in comparison, Lazarus received bad things. But now he is consoled, and truly you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been established, so that those who might want to cross from here to you are not able, nor can someone cross from there to here.’ And he said: ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torments.’ And Abraham said to him: ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ So he said: ‘No, father Abraham. But if someone were to go to them from the dead, they would repent.’ But he said to him: ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe even if someone has resurrected from the dead.’ ”

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


Readings: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 4th Sunday of Apostles

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


Sunday Readings

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.


Readings: The Feast of Transfiguratin of Our Lord – Third Sunday of Summer



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


Sunday Readings

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.


Readings: Second Sunday of Summer (Qayta)

Quote of the Week

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.