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Wednesday, 16th April 2014 --- 8 Baramoudah 1730

Today's Readings

Holy Pascha Week

Wednesday of Pascha_Week

Season Wednesday of the Pascha Week
Tune : Attribis
Strict Abstinence

Wednesday Morning

Theme of the Hours : Judas Betrayal Anointment of Jesus by precious ointment..

The First Hour of Wednesday

Exodus 17 : 1 - 7

Chapter 17

1Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink.
2Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, "Give us water, that we may drink." So Moses said to them, "Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the LORD?"
3And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, "Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?"
4So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!"
5And the LORD said to Moses, "Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go.
6Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
7So he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"

Proverbs 3 : 5 - 14

Chapter 3

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
8It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
9Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction;
12For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
13Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;
14For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold.

Hosea 5 : 13 - 6 : 3

Chapter 5

13"When Ephraim saw his sickness, And Judah saw his wound, Then Ephraim went to Assyria And sent to King Jareb; Yet he cannot cure you, Nor heal you of your wound.
14For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them and go away; I will take them away, and no one shall rescue.
15I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me."

Chapter 6

1Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
2After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.
3Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

Sirach 1 : 20 - 2 : 15

Chapter 1

20To fear God is the fulness of wisdom, and fulness is from the fruits thereof.
21She shall fill all her house with her increase, and the storehouses with her treasures.
22The fear of the Lord is a crown of wisdom, filling up peace and the fruit of salvation:
23And it hath seen, and numbered her: but both are the gifts of God.
24Wisdom shall distribute knowledge, and understanding of prudence: and exalteth the glory of them that hold her.
25The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord: and the branches thereof are longlived.
26In the treasures of wisdom is understanding, and religiousness of knowledge: but to sinners wisdom is an abomination.
27The fear of the Lord driveth out sin:
28For he that is without fear, cannot be justified: for the wrath of his high spirits is his ruin.
29A patient man shall bear for a time, and afterwards joy shall be restored to him.
30A good understanding will hide his words for a time, and the lips of many shall declare his wisdom.
31In the treasures of wisdom is the signification of discipline:
32But the worship of God is an abomination to a sinner.
33Son, if thou desire wisdom, keep justice, and God will give her to thee.
34For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and discipline: and that which is agreeable to him,
35Is faith, and meekness: and he will fill up his treasures.
36Be not incredulous to the fear of the Lord: and come not to him with a double heart.
37Be not a hypocrite in the sight of men, and let not thy lips be a stumblingblock to thee.
38Watch over them, lest thou fall, and bring dishonour upon thy soul,
39And God discover thy secrets, and cast thee down in the midst of the congregation.
40Because thou camest to the Lord wickedly, and thy heart is full of guile and deceit.

Chapter 2

1Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation.
2Humble thy heart, and endure: incline thy ear, and receive the words of understanding: and make not haste in the time of clouds.
3Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God, and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end.
4Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience.
5For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.
6Believe God, and he will recover thee: and direct thy way, and trust in him. Keep his fear, and grow old therein.
7Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy: and go not aside from him, lest ye fall.
8Ye that fear the Lord, believe him: and your reward shall not be made void.
9Ye that fear the Lord, hope in him: and mercy shall come to you for your delight.
10Ye that fear the Lord, love him, and your hearts shall be enlightened.
11My children behold the generations of men: and know ye that no one hath hoped in the Lord, and hath been confounded.
12For who hath continued in his commandment, and hath been forsaken? or who hath called upon him, and he despised him?
13For God is compassionate and merciful, and will forgive sins in the day of tribulation: and he is a protector to all that seek him in truth.
14Woe to them that are of a double heart and to wicked lips, and to the hands that do evil, and to the sinner that goeth on the earth two ways.
15Woe to them that are fainthearted, who believe not God: and therefore they shall not be protected by him.

Sirach 3 : 12 - 24

Chapter 3

12Glory not in the dishonour of thy father: for his shame is no glory to thee.
13For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father, and a father without honour is the disgrace of the son.
14Son, support the old age of thy father, and grieve him not in his life;
15And if his understanding fail, have patience with him, and despise him not when thou art in thy strength: for the relieving of the father shall not be for- gotten.
16For good shall be repaid to thee for the sin of thy mother.
17And in justice thou shalt be built up, and in the day of affliction thou shalt be remembered: and thy sine shall melt away as the ice in the fair warm weather.
18Of what an evil fame is he that forsaketh his father: and he is cursed of God that angereth his mother.
19My son, do thy works in meekness, and thou shalt be beloved above the glory of men.
20The greater thou art, the more humble thyself in all things, and thou shalt find grace before God:
21For great is the power of God alone, and he is honoured by the humble.
22Seek not the things that are too high for thee, and search not into things above thy ability: but the things that God hath commanded thee, think on them always, and in many of his works be not curious.
23For it is not necessary for thee to see with thy eyes those things that are hid.
24In unnecessary matters be not over curious, and in many of his works thou shalt not be inquisitive.

Psalms 51 : 4

Chapter 51

4Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight--That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.

Psalms 33 : 10

Chapter 33

10The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.

John 11 : 46 - 57

Chapter 11

46But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did.
47Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, "What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.
48If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation."
49And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all,
50nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish."
51Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
52and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
53Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.
54Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples.
55And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.
56Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, "What do you think--that He will not come to the feast?"
57Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.

The Third Hour of Wednesday

Exodus 13 : 17 - 22

Chapter 13

17Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, "Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt."
18So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.
19And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying, "God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you."
20So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness.
21And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
22He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.

Sirach 22 : 7 - 18

Chapter 22

7He that teacheth a fool, is like one that glueth a potsherd together.
8He that telleth a word to him that heareth not, is like one that waketh a man out of a deep sleep.
9He speaketh with one that is asleep, who uttereth wisdom to a fool: and in the end of the discourse he saith: Who is this?
10Weep for the dead, for his light hath failed: and weep for the fool, for his understanding faileth.
11Weep but a little for the dead, for he is at rest.
12For the wicked life of a wicked fool is worse than death.
13The mourning for the dead is seven days: but for a fool and an ungodly man all the days of their life.
14Talk not much with a fool, and go not with him that hath no sense.
15Keep thyself from him, that thou mayst not have trouble, and thou shalt not be defiled with his sin.
16Turn away from him, and thou shalt find rest, and shalt not be wearied out with his folly.
17What is heavier than lead? and what other name hath he but fool?
18Sand and salt, and a mass of iron is easier to bear, than a man without sense, that is both foolish and wicked.

Job 27 : 16 - 20

Chapter 27

16Though he heaps up silver like dust, And piles up clothing like clay--
17He may pile it up, but the just will wear it, And the innocent will divide the silver.
18He builds his house like a moth, Like a booth which a watchman makes.
19The rich man will lie down, But not be gathered up; He opens his eyes, And he is no more.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.

Job 28 : 1 - 2

Chapter 28

1"Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place where gold is refined.
2Iron is taken from the earth, And copper is smelted from ore.

Proverbs 4 : 4 - 5 : 4

Chapter 4

4He also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.
5Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.
7Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
8Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you."
10Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.
11I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.
12When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.
13Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.
14Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.
15Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on.
16For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.
18But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.
20My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
21Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
23Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
24Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.
25Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.
26Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.
27Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

Chapter 5

1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding,
2That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge.
3For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil;
4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.

Psalms 41 : 6,1

Chapter 41

6And if he comes to see me, he speaks lies; His heart gathers iniquity to itself; When he goes out, he tells it.
1Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

Luke 22 : 1 - 6

Chapter 22

1Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover.
2And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.
3Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.
4So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them.
5And they were glad, and agreed to give him money.
6So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.

The Sixth Hour of Wednesday

Exodus 14 : 13 - 15 : 1

Chapter 14

13And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
14The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."
15And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
16But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
17And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.
18Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen."
19And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.
20So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.
21Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.
22So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
23And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
24Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.
25And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians."
26Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen."
27And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
28Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.
29But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
30So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
31Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses.

Chapter 15

1Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying: "I will sing to the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!

Isaiah 48 : 1 - 6

Chapter 48

1"Hear this, O house of Jacob, Who are called by the name of Israel, And have come forth from the wellsprings of Judah; Who swear by the name of the LORD, And make mention of the God of Israel, But not in truth or in righteousness;
2For they call themselves after the holy city, And lean on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is His name:
3"I have declared the former things from the beginning; They went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
4Because I knew that you were obstinate, And your neck was an iron sinew, And your brow bronze,
5Even from the beginning I have declared it to you; Before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you, Lest you should say, "My idol has done them, And my carved image and my molded image Have commanded them.'
6"You have heard; See all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, Even hidden things, and you did not know them.

Sirach 23 : 7 - 14

Chapter 23

7For from the merciful all these things shall be taken away, and they shall not wallow in sins.
8Let not thy mouth be accustomed to indiscreet speech: for therein is the word of sin.
9Remember thy father and thy mother, for thou sittest is the midst of great men:
10Lest God forget thee in their sight, and thou, by thy daily custom, be infatuated and suffer reproach: and wish that thou hadst not been born, and curse the day of thy nativity.
11The man that is accustomed to opprobrious words, will never be corrected all the days of his life.
12Two sorts of men multiply sins, and the third bringeth wrath and destruction.
13A hot soul is a burning fire, it will never be quenched, till it devour some thing.
14And a man that is wicked in the mouth of his flesh, will not leave off till he hath kindled a fire.

Psalms 83 : 2,5

Chapter 83

2For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head.
5For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You:

John 12 : 1 - 8

Chapter 12

1Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead.
2There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.
3Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
4But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said,
5"Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"
6This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
7But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.
8For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always."

The Ninth Hour of Wednesday :

Genesis 24 : 1 - 9

Chapter 24

1Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
2So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, put your hand under my thigh,
3and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell;
4but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac."
5And the servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?"
6But Abraham said to him, "Beware that you do not take my son back there.
7The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, "To your descendants I give this land,' He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
8And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be released from this oath; only do not take my son back there."
9So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.

Numbers 20 : 1 - 13

Chapter 20

1Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there.
2Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron.
3And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: "If only we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
4Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here?
5And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink."
6So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them.
7Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
8"Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals."
9So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him.
10And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, "Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?"
11Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.
12Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."
13This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the LORD, and He was hallowed among them.

Proverbs 1 : 10 - 23

Chapter 1

10My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
11If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
13We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil;
14Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse"--
15My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path;
16For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.
17Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird;
18But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.
20Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.
21She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:
22"How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.
23Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

Isaiah 59 : 1 - 17

Chapter 59

1Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.
2But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
3For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity.
4No one calls for justice, Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
5They hatch vipers' eggs and weave the spider's web; He who eats of their eggs dies, And from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.
6Their webs will not become garments, Nor will they cover themselves with their works; Their works are works of iniquity, And the act of violence is in their hands.
7Their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
8The way of peace they have not known, And there is no justice in their ways; They have made themselves crooked paths; Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.
9Therefore justice is far from us, Nor does righteousness overtake us; We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness!
10We grope for the wall like the blind, And we grope as if we had no eyes; We stumble at noonday as at twilight; We are as dead men in desolate places.
11We all growl like bears, And moan sadly like doves; We look for justice, but there is none; For salvation, but it is far from us.
12For our transgressions are multiplied before You, And our sins testify against us; For our transgressions are with us, And as for our iniquities, we know them:
13In transgressing and lying against the LORD, And departing from our God, Speaking oppression and revolt, Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter.
15So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice.
16He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
17For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.

Zechariah 11 : 11 - 14

Chapter 11

11So it was broken on that day. Thus the poor of the flock, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD.
12Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
13And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"--that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.
14Then I cut in two my other staff, Bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

Psalms 41 : 5 - 6

Chapter 41

5My enemies speak evil of me: "When will he die, and his name perish?"
6And if he comes to see me, he speaks lies; His heart gathers iniquity to itself; When he goes out, he tells it.

Matthew 26 : 3 - 16

Chapter 26

3Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
4and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.
5But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people."
6And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,
7a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.
8But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?
9For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor."
10But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.
11For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.
12For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.
13Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."
14Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
15and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
16So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

Eleventh hour of the day of Holy Wednesday

Isaiah 28 : 16 - 29

Chapter 28

16Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.
17Also I will make justice the measuring line, And righteousness the plummet; The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
18Your covenant with death will be annulled, And your agreement with Sheol will not stand; When the overflowing scourge passes through, Then you will be trampled down by it.
19As often as it goes out it will take you; For morning by morning it will pass over, And by day and by night; It will be a terror just to understand the report."
20For the bed is too short to stretch out on, And the covering so narrow that one cannot wrap himself in it.
21For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim, He will be angry as in the Valley of Gibeon--That He may do His work, His awesome work, And bring to pass His act, His unusual act.
22Now therefore, do not be mockers, Lest your bonds be made strong; For I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts, A destruction determined even upon the whole earth.
23Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my speech.
24Does the plowman keep plowing all day to sow? Does he keep turning his soil and breaking the clods?
25When he has leveled its surface, Does he not sow the black cummin And scatter the cummin, Plant the wheat in rows, The barley in the appointed place, And the spelt in its place?
26For He instructs him in right judgment, His God teaches him.
27For the black cummin is not threshed with a threshing sledge, Nor is a cartwheel rolled over the cummin; But the black cummin is beaten out with a stick, And the cummin with a rod.
28Bread flour must be ground; Therefore he does not thresh it forever, Break it with his cartwheel, Or crush it with his horsemen.
29This also comes from the LORD of hosts, Who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.

Psalms 6 : 2 - 69 : 17

Chapter 6

2Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
3My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O LORD--how long?
4Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies' sake!
5For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?
6I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.
7My eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.
8Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
9The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.
10Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.

Chapter 69

1Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.

John 12 : 27 - 36

Chapter 12

27"Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? "Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
28Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify it again."
29Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to Him."
30Jesus answered and said, "This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.
31Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
32And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself."
33This He said, signifying by what death He would die.
34The people answered Him, "We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, "The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?"
35Then Jesus said to them, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.
36While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.

Thursday Night

Theme of the Hours : + Jesus is one with the Father.

First hour of the eve of Holy Thursday

Ezekiel 43 : 5 - 11

Chapter 43

5The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
6Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a man stood beside me.
7And He said to me, "Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their harlotry or with the carcasses of their kings on their high places.
8When they set their threshold by My threshold, and their doorpost by My doorpost, with a wall between them and Me, they defiled My holy name by the abominations which they committed; therefore I have consumed them in My anger.
9Now let them put their harlotry and the carcasses of their kings far away from Me, and I will dwell in their midst forever.
10"Son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern.
11And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them.

Psalms 69 : 1,16

Chapter 69

1Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.
16Hear me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.

John 10 : 17 - 21

Chapter 10

17"Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
18No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father."
19Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings.
20And many of them said, "He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?"
21Others said, "These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

Third hour of the eve of Holy Thursday

Amos 4 : 4 - 13

Chapter 4

4"Come to Bethel and transgress, At Gilgal multiply transgression; Bring your sacrifices every morning, Your tithes every three days.
5Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, Proclaim and announce the freewill offerings; For this you love, You children of Israel!" Says the Lord GOD.
6"Also I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities. And lack of bread in all your places; Yet you have not returned to Me," Says the LORD.
7"I also withheld rain from you, When there were still three months to the harvest. I made it rain on one city, I withheld rain from another city. One part was rained upon, And where it did not rain the part withered.
8So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water, But they were not satisfied; Yet you have not returned to Me," Says the LORD.
9"I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, Your vineyards, Your fig trees, And your olive trees, The locust devoured them; Yet you have not returned to Me," Says the LORD.
10"I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt; Your young men I killed with a sword, Along with your captive horses; I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils; Yet you have not returned to Me," Says the LORD.
11"I overthrew some of you, As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, And you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; Yet you have not returned to Me," Says the LORD.
12"Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; Because I will do this to you, Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!"
13For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, And makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth--The LORD God of hosts is His name.

Psalms 55 : 21,1

Chapter 55

21The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, But war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.
1Give ear to my prayer, O God, And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.

Mark 14 : 3 - 11

Chapter 14

3And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.
4But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, "Why was this fragrant oil wasted?
5For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they criticized her sharply.
6But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.
7For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.
8She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.
9Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."
10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them.
11And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.

Sixth hour of the eve of Holy Thursday

Amos 3 : 1 - 11

Chapter 3

1Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying:
2"You only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities."
3Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
4Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing?
5Will a bird fall into a snare on the earth, where there is no trap for it? Will a snare spring up from the earth, if it has caught nothing at all?
6If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it?
7Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
8A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?
9"Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod, And in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say: "Assemble on the mountains of Samaria; See great tumults in her midst, And the oppressed within her.
10For they do not know to do right,' Says the LORD, "Who store up violence and robbery in their palaces."'
11Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "An adversary shall be all around the land; He shall sap your strength from you, And your palaces shall be plundered."

Psalms 140 : 1 - 2

Chapter 140

1Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men,
2Who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war.

John 12 : 36 - 43

Chapter 12

36While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
37But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,
38that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: "Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?"
39Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
40"He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them."
41These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
42Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;
43for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Ninth hour of the eve of Holy Thursday

Ezekiel 20 : 27 - 33

Chapter 20

27"Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel, and say to them, "Thus says the Lord GOD: "In this too your fathers have blasphemed Me, by being unfaithful to Me.
28When I brought them into the land concerning which I had raised My hand in an oath to give them, and they saw all the high hills and all the thick trees, there they offered their sacrifices and provoked Me with their offerings. There they also sent up their sweet aroma and poured out their drink offerings.
29Then I said to them, "What is this high place to which you go?' So its name is called Bamah to this day."'
30Therefore say to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord GOD: "Are you defiling yourselves in the manner of your fathers, and committing harlotry according to their abominations?
31For when you offer your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. So shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live," says the Lord GOD, "I will not be inquired of by you.
32What you have in your mind shall never be, when you say, "We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.'
33"As I live," says the Lord GOD, "surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you.

Psalms 7 : 1 - 2

Chapter 7

1O LORD my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me,
2Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

John 10 : 29 - 38

Chapter 10

29My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.
30I and My Father are one."
31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.
32Jesus answered them, "Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?"
33The Jews answered Him, saying, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God."
34Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, "I said, "You are gods"'?
35If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),
36do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, "You are blaspheming,' because I said, "I am the Son of God'?
37If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;
38but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him."

Eleventh hour of the eve of Holy Thursday

Jeremiah 8 : 4 - 10

Chapter 8

4"Moreover you shall say to them, "Thus says the LORD: "Will they fall and not rise? Will one turn away and not return?
5Why has this people slidden back, Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit, They refuse to return.
6I listened and heard, But they do not speak aright. No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, "What have I done?' Everyone turned to his own course, As the horse rushes into the battle.
7"Even the stork in the heavens Knows her appointed times; And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow Observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the judgment of the LORD.
8"How can you say, "We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood.
9The wise men are ashamed, They are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD; So what wisdom do they have?
10Therefore I will give their wives to others, And their fields to those who will inherit them; Because from the least even to the greatest Everyone is given to covetousness; From the prophet even to the priest Everyone deals falsely.

Psalms 62 : 7,6

Chapter 62

7In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.
6He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

John 12 : 44 - 50

Chapter 12

44Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.
45And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.
46I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.
47And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
48He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
49For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
50And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."

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Day 8 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Baramoudah, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins after forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers.

The Eighth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramoudah

Martyrdom of the Holy Virgins : Agape, Eirene, and Shiona

     On this day the three holy virgins: Agape, Eirene, and Shiona (Susinia) were martyred. They were from Thessalonica, and worshipped Christ as their parents. They chose the life of chastity and they agreed to devote themselves to the ascetic life. They fasted and prayed unceasingly, visited the convents often and participated with the virgins in their prayers and asceticism. When Maximianus the infidel, reigned, he restored the worship of the idols and shed the blood of many Christians. These saints were afraid and they fled to the mountain and hid themselves in a cave devoting themselves to their worship and asceticism. Every week, an aged Christian woman visited them bringing all things needed and took the work of their hands to sell it, and distributed the remainder as alms to the poor. One day a malicious person observed the frequent visits of this old woman to the mountain, he followed her secretly until he knew the cave that she entered. He hid himself so she did not see him on her way back, and he thought that she was hiding precious things in it. After she left the cave by a distance he entered the cave and he found the precious pearls the prides of the Christ standing praying. He bound them, dragged them away, and brought them to the Governor of Thessalonica. He asked them about their faith, they confessed that they were Christians worshipping that Who was Crucified. The Governor became wrath with them, tortured them much, then cast them into the fire, and they delivered up their souls and received the crown of martyrdom.

May their prayers be with us. Amen.

Martyrdom of the One Hundred and Fifty believers by the hand of the King of Persia

      On this day also is the commemoration of the incident of the martyrdom of one hundred and fifty believers by the king of Persia. This king besieged Christian cities which were near the borders of his country, and captured many of them. When they refused to worship the sun and the stars, he commanded to cut off their heads, and they received the crowns of martyrdom.

May their prayers be with us and glory be to God forever. Amen.

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