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Thursday, 17th April 2014 --- 9 Baramoudah 1730





Today's Readings



Holy Pascha Week

Holy Thursday of Pascha_Week




Season Pascha Week
Tune : Attribis
Strict Abstinence

Thursday Morning

Theme of the Hours :
+ Preparation for Passover.

First hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Exodus 17 : 8 - 16

Chapter 17

8Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand."
10So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven."
15And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner;
16for he said, "Because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation."


Exodus 15 : 23 - 16 : 3

Chapter 15

23Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"
25So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them,
26and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."
27Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.

Chapter 16

1And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt.
2Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
3And the children of Israel said to them, "Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."


Isaiah 58 : 1 - 11

Chapter 58

1"Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.
2Yet they seek Me daily, And delight to know My ways, As a nation that did righteousness, And did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God.
3"Why have we fasted,' they say, "and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?'"In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, And exploit all your laborers.
4Indeed you fast for strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of wickedness. You will not fast as you do this day, To make your voice heard on high.
5Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the LORD?
6"Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
9Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, "Here I am.'"If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.


Ezekiel 18 : 20 - 32

Chapter 18

20The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
21"But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
22None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live.
23Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?" says the Lord GOD, "and not that he should turn from his ways and live?
24"But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.
25"Yet you say, "The way of the Lord is not fair.' Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair?
26When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies.
27Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive.
28Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
29Yet the house of Israel says, "The way of the Lord is not fair.' O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair?
30"Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways," says the Lord GOD. "Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin.
31Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?
32For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies," says the Lord GOD. "Therefore turn and live!"


Acts 1 : 15 - 20

Chapter 1

15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
16"Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;
17for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry."
18(Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.
19And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20"For it is written in the Book of Psalms: "Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it'; and, "Let another take his office.'


Psalms 55 : 21,12

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.
12For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him.


Luke 22 : 7 - 13

Chapter 22

7Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed.
8And He sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat."
9So they said to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare?"
10And He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters.
11Then you shall say to the master of the house, "The Teacher says to you, "Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?"'
12Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready."
13So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.


Third hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Exodus 32 : 30 - 33 : 5

Chapter 32

30Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin."
31Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold!
32Yet now, if You will forgive their sin--but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written."
33And the LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.
34Now therefore, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. Behold, My Angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit for punishment, I will visit punishment upon them for their sin."
35So the LORD plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aaron made.

Chapter 33

1Then the LORD said to Moses, "Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, "To your descendants I will give it.'
2And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
3Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people."
4And when the people heard this bad news, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments.
5For the LORD had said to Moses, "Say to the children of Israel, "You are a stiff-necked people. I could come up into your midst in one moment and consume you. Now therefore, take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do to you."'


Sirach 24 : 1 - 15

Chapter 24

1Wisdom shall praise her own self, and shall be honoured in God, and shall glory in the midst of her people,
2And shall open her mouth in the churches of the most High, and shall glorify herself in the sight of his power,
3And in the midst of her own people she shall be exalted, and shall be ad- mired in the holy assembly.
4And in the multitude of the elect she shall have praise, and among the blessed she shall be blessed, saying:
5I came out of the mouth of the most High, the firstborn before all creatures:
6I made that in the heavens there should rise light that never faileth, and as a cloud I covered all the earth:
7I dwelt in the highest places, and my throne is in a pillar of a cloud.
8I alone have compassed the circuit of heaven, and have penetrated into the bottom of the deep, and have walked in the waves of the sea,
9And have stood in all the earth: and in every people,
10And in every nation I have had the chief rule:
11And by my power I have trodden under my feet the hearts of all the high and low: and in all these I sought rest, and I shall abide in the inheritance of the Lord.
12Then the creator of all things commanded, and said to me: and he that made me, rested in my tabernacle,
13And he said to me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in my elect.
14From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before him.
15And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem.


Proverbs 30 : 2 - 6

Chapter 30

2Surely I am more stupid than any man, And do not have the understanding of a man.
3I neither learned wisdom Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.
4Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know?
5Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
6Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.


Psalms 94 : 21,23

Chapter 94

21They gather together against the life of the righteous, And condemn innocent blood.
23He has brought on them their own iniquity, And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The LORD our God shall cut them off.


Matthew 26 : 17 - 19

Chapter 26

17Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?"
18And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, "The Teacher says, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.'
19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.


Sixth hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Jeremiah 7 : 2 - 15

Chapter 7

2"Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, "Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the LORD!"'
3Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
4Do not trust in these lying words, saying, "The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these.'
5"For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor,
6if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt,
7then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.
8"Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit.
9Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know,
10and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, "We are delivered to do all these abominations'?
11Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it," says the LORD.
12"But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel.
13And now, because you have done all these works," says the LORD, "and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer,
14therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.
15And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren--the whole posterity of Ephraim.


Ezekiel 20 : 39 - 44

Chapter 20

39"As for you, O house of Israel," thus says the Lord GOD: "Go, serve every one of you his idols--and hereafter--if you will not obey Me; but profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols.
40For on My holy mountain, on the mountain height of Israel," says the Lord GOD, "there all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, shall serve Me; there I will accept them, and there I will require your offerings and the firstfruits of your sacrifices, together with all your holy things.
41I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles.
42Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I raised My hand in an oath to give to your fathers.
43And there you shall remember your ways and all your doings with which you were defiled; and you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight because of all the evils that you have committed.
44Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have dealt with you for My name's sake, not according to your wicked ways nor according to your corrupt doings, O house of Israel," says the Lord GOD."'


Sirach 12 : 13 - 13 : 1

Chapter 12

13Who will pity an enchanter struck by a serpent, or any that come near wild beasts? so is it with him that keepeth company with a wicked man, and is involved in his sins.
14For an hour he will abide with thee: but if thou begin to decline, he will not endure it.
15An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his heart he lieth in wait, to throw thee into a pit.
16An enemy weepeth with his eyes: but if he find an opportunity he will not be satisfied with blood:
17And if evils come upon thee, thou shalt find him there first.
18An enemy hath tears in his eyes, and while he pretendeth to help thee, will undermine thy feet.
19He will shake his head, and clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance.

Chapter 13

1He that toucheth pitch, shall be defiled with it: and he that hath fellowship with the proud, shall put on pride.


Psalms 31 : 18,13

Chapter 31

18Let the lying lips be put to silence, Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
13For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life.


Mark 14 : 12 - 16

Chapter 14

12Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, "Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?"
13And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him.
14Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, "The Teacher says, "Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?"'
15Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us."
16So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.


Ninth hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Genesis 22 : 1 - 19

Chapter 22

1Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."
2Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."
3So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
4Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.
5And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you."
6So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.
7But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
8And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together.
9Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
10And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am."
12And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."
13Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.
14And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided."
15Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,
16and said: "By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son--
17blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
18In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
19So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.


Isaiah 61 : 1 - 6

Chapter 61

1"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
3To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."
4And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.
5Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast.


Genesis 14 : 17 - 20

Chapter 14

17And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.
18Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.
19And he blessed him and said: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
20And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." And he gave him a tithe of all.


Job 27 : 1 - 28 : 13

Chapter 27

1Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:
2"As God lives, who has taken away my justice, And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3As long as my breath is in me, And the breath of God in my nostrils,
4My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit.
5Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.
7"May my enemy be like the wicked, And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.
8For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?
9Will God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?
10Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call on God?
11"I will teach you about the hand of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12Surely all of you have seen it; Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?
13"This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:
14If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15Those who survive him shall be buried in death, And their widows shall not weep,
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.
21The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; It sweeps him out of his place.
22It hurls against him and does not spare; He flees desperately from its power.
23Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.

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.
3Man puts an end to darkness, And searches every recess For ore in the darkness and the shadow of death.
4He breaks open a shaft away from people; In places forgotten by feet They hang far away from men; They swing to and fro.
5As for the earth, from it comes bread, But underneath it is turned up as by fire;
6Its stones are the source of sapphires, And it contains gold dust.
7That path no bird knows, Nor has the falcon's eye seen it.
8The proud lions have not trodden it, Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.
9He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains at the roots.
10He cuts out channels in the rocks, And his eye sees every precious thing.
11He dams up the streams from trickling; What is hidden he brings forth to light.
12"But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
13Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living.


Psalms 23 : 1 - 2

Chapter 23

1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.


Matthew 26 : 17 - 19

Chapter 26

17Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?"
18And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, "The Teacher says, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.'
19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.


The Liturgy of the_Water

Theme of the Liturgy : + Jesus washes the feet of his disciples..

Genesis 18 : 1 - 23

Chapter 18

1Then the LORD appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day.
2So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground,
3and said, "My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.
4Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.
5And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant." They said, "Do as you have said."
6So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, "Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes."
7And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it.
8So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate.
9Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" So he said, "Here, in the tent."
10And He said, "I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son." (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)
11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.
12Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"
13And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, "Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?'
14Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."
15But Sarah denied it, saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh!"
16Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way.
17And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,
18since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him."
20And the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,
21I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know."
22Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD.
23And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?


Proverbs 9 : 1 - 11

Chapter 9

1Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table.
3She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city,
4"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
5"Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.
7"He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
8Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.


Exodus 14 : 1 - 15 : 27

Chapter 14

1Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
2"Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea.
3For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, "They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.'
4Then I will harden Pharaoh's heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD." And they did so.
5Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, "Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?"
6So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.
7Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.
8And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.
9So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.
10And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.
11Then they said to Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?
12Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, "Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians'? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness."
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!
2The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will exalt Him.
3The LORD is a man of war; The LORD is His name.
4Pharaoh's chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.
5The depths have covered them; They sank to the bottom like a stone.
6"Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces.
7And in the greatness of Your excellence You have overthrown those who rose against You; You sent forth Your wrath; It consumed them like stubble.
8And with the blast of Your nostrils The waters were gathered together; The floods stood upright like a heap; The depths congealed in the heart of the sea.
9The enemy said, "I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; My desire shall be satisfied on them. I will draw my sword, My hand shall destroy them.'
10You blew with Your wind, The sea covered them; They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11"Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders?
12You stretched out Your right hand; The earth swallowed them.
13You in Your mercy have led forth The people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength To Your holy habitation.
14"The people will hear and be afraid; Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia.
15Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed; 1 The mighty men of Moab, Trembling will take hold of them; All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.
16Fear and dread will fall on them; By the greatness of Your arm They will be as still as a stone, Till Your people pass over, O LORD, Till the people pass over Whom You have purchased.
17You will bring them in and plant them In the mountain of Your inheritance, In the place, O LORD, which You have made For Your own dwelling, The sanctuary, O LORD, which Your hands have established.
18"The LORD shall reign forever and ever."
19For the horses of Pharaoh went with his chariots and his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them. But the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
20Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
21And Miriam answered them: "Sing to the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!"
22So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
23Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"
25So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them,
26and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."
27Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.


Joshua 1 : 1 - 18

Chapter 1

1After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying:
2"Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them--the children of Israel.
3Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
4From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.
5No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
6Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
10Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
11"Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, "Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess."'
12And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh Joshua spoke, saying,
13"Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, "The LORD your God is giving you rest and is giving you this land.'
14Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan. But you shall pass before your brethren armed, all your mighty men of valor, and help them,
15until the LORD has given your brethren rest, as He gave you, and they also have taken possession of the land which the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD's servant gave you on this side of the Jordan toward the sunrise."
16So they answered Joshua, saying, "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.
17Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the LORD your God be with you, as He was with Moses.
18Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage."


Joshua 3 : 1 - 17

Chapter 3

1Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over.
2So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp;
3and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.
4Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before."
5And Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you."
6Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people." So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.
7And the LORD said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
8You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, "When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan."'
9So Joshua said to the children of Israel, "Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God."
10And Joshua said, "By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites:
11Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.
12Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from every tribe.
13And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap."
14So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,
15and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest),
16that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
17Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.


Isaiah 4 : 2 - 5

Chapter 4

2In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have escaped.
3And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy--everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem.
4When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning,
5then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering.


Isaiah 55 : 1 - 56 : 1

Chapter 55

1"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.
2Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
3Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you--The sure mercies of David.
4Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, A leader and commander for the people.
5Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, And nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the LORD your God, And the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you."
6Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
7Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
8"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD.
9"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater,
11So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12"For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the LORD for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."

Chapter 56

1Thus says the LORD: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.


Ezekiel 36 : 25 - 29

Chapter 36

25Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
28Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.
29I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.


Ezekiel 47 : 1 - 9

Chapter 47

1Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.
2He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.
3And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles.
4Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist.
5Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.
6He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.
7When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other.
8Then he said to me: "This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed.
9And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.


1 Timothy 4 : 9 - 5 : 10

Chapter 4

9This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.
10For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
11These things command and teach.
12Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
15Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
16Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Chapter 5

1Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers,
2older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.
3Honor widows who are really widows.
4But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God.
5Now she who is really a widow, and left alone, trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.
6But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.
7And these things command, that they may be blameless.
8But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man,
10well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.


Psalms 51 : 7,10

Chapter 51

7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.


John 13 : 1 - 17

Chapter 13

1Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
2And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him,
3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,
4rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
5After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
6Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You washing my feet?"
7Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this."
8Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."
9Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!"
10Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you."
11For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, "You are not all clean."
12So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?
13You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
15For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
16Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.


The Liturgy

Theme of the Liturgy : : God's new covenant with mankind.

1 Corinthians 11 : 23 - 34

Chapter 11

23For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
25In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
26For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.
27Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
31For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
33Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
34But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.


Psalms 23 : 5,4,19

Chapter 23

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.


Matthew 26 : 20 - 29

Chapter 26

20When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.
21Now as they were eating, He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me."
22And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, "Lord, is it I?"
23He answered and said, "He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.
24The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born."
25Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, "Rabbi, is it I?" He said to him, "You have said it."
26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
27Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
28For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."


1 Corinthians 11 : 23 - 34

Chapter 11

23For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
25In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
26For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.
27Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
31For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
33Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
34But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.


Psalms 23 : 5 - 41 : 9

Chapter 23

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Chapter 41

1Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
2The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
3The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.
4I said, "LORD, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You."
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.
7All who hate me whisper together against me; Against me they devise my hurt.
8"An evil disease," they say, "clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more."
9Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.


Matthew 26 : 20 - 29

Chapter 26

20When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.
21Now as they were eating, He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me."
22And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, "Lord, is it I?"
23He answered and said, "He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.
24The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born."
25Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, "Rabbi, is it I?" He said to him, "You have said it."
26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
27Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
28For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."


Eleventh hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Isaiah 52 : 13 - 53 : 12

Chapter 52

13Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
14Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;
15So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.

Chapter 53

1Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
8He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9And they made His grave with the wicked--But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
11He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
12Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.


Isaiah 19 : 19 - 25

Chapter 19

19In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.
20And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.
21Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform it.
22And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.
23In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.
24In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria--a blessing in the midst of the land,
25whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance."


Zechariah 12 : 11 - 14 : 3

Chapter 12

11In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
12And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;
13the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves;
14all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.

Chapter 14

1Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
2For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.


Zechariah 14 : 6 - 9

Chapter 14

6It shall come to pass in that day That there will be no light; The lights will diminish.
7It shall be one day Which is known to the LORD--Neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen That it will be light.
8And in that day it shall be That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur.
9And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be--"The LORD is one," And His name one.


Psalms 50 : 17 - 18

Chapter 50

17Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?
18When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers.


John 13 : 21 - 30

Chapter 13

21When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me."
22Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.
23Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.
25Then, leaning back on Jesus' breast, he said to Him, "Lord, who is it?"
26Jesus answered, "It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it." And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly."
28But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him.
29For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, "Buy those things we need for the feast," or that he should give something to the poor.
30Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.


Friday Night

Theme of the Hours :
+ Jesus declares that He will be betrayed
+ Jesus warns Peter of his denial
+ Jesus last ceremony to His disciples
+ Jesus last prayer
+ Judas betrays Jesus to the priests
+ Peter Cuts the slaves ear

The First Hour of Friday Night

Jeremiah 8 : 17 - 9 : 6

Chapter 8

17"For behold, I will send serpents among you, Vipers which cannot be charmed, And they shall bite you," says the LORD.
18I would comfort myself in sorrow; My heart is faint in me.
19Listen! The voice, The cry of the daughter of my people From a far country: "Is not the LORD in Zion? Is not her King in her?Why have they provoked Me to anger With their carved images--With foreign idols?"
20"The harvest is past, The summer is ended, And we are not saved!"
21For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt. I am mourning; Astonishment has taken hold of me.
22Is there no balm in Gilead, Is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery For the health of the daughter of my people?

Chapter 9

1Oh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!
2Oh, that I had in the wilderness A lodging place for travelers; That I might leave my people, And go from them! For they are all adulterers, An assembly of treacherous men.
3"And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me," says the LORD.
4"Everyone take heed to his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; For every brother will utterly supplant, And every neighbor will walk with slanderers.
5Everyone will deceive his neighbor, And will not speak the truth; They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves to commit iniquity.
6Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me," says the LORD.


Psalms 102 : 1,8

Chapter 102

1Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come to You.
8My enemies reproach me all day long; Those who deride me swear an oath against me.


John 13 : 33 - 14 : 25

Chapter 13

33Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, "Where I am going, you cannot come,' so now I say to you.
34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
36Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are You going?" Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward."
37Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake."
38Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.

Chapter 14

1"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
2In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
4And where I go you know, and the way you know."
5Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"
6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
7"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."
8Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."
9Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, "Show us the Father'?
10Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
11Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
12"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
13And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
15"If you love Me, keep My commandments.
16And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--
17the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
19"A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.
20At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
21He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."
22Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?"
23Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
24He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me.
25"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.


John 14 : 26 - 15 : 25

Chapter 14

26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
27Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28You have heard Me say to you, "I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, "I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.
29"And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.
30I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.
31But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

Chapter 15

1"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
3You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
6If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
11"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
12This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.
14You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
15No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
16You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
17These things I command you, that you love one another.
18"If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20Remember the word that I said to you, "A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
21But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23He who hates Me hates My Father also.
24If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.
25But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, "They hated Me without a cause.'


John 15 : 26 - 16 : 33

Chapter 15

26"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
27And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

Chapter 16

1"These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.
2They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
3And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.
4But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. "And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.
5"But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, "Where are You going?'
6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
7Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
8And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9of sin, because they do not believe in Me;
10of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;
11of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
14He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
15All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
16"A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father."
17Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'; and, "because I go to the Father'?"
18They said therefore, "What is this that He says, "A little while'? We do not know what He is saying."
19Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'?
20Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
21A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
22Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
23"And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
24Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
25"These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.
26In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;
27for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
28I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father."
29His disciples said to Him, "See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech!
30Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God."
31Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?
32Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.
33These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."


John 17 : 1 - 26

Chapter 17

1Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,
2as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
3And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
4I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
5And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
6"I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
7Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.
8For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
9"I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.
10And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.
11Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.
12While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
13But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
14I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
15I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
17Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
18As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
19And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
20"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
21that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
23I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
24"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
25O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
26And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."


Third hour of the eve of Holy Friday

Ezekiel 36 : 16 - 26

Chapter 36

16Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
17"Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity.
18Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it.
19So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds.
20When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name--when they said of them, "These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.'
21But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.
22"Therefore say to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord GOD: "I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.
23And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD," says the Lord GOD, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.
24For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.
25Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.


Psalms 109 : 1 - 3

Chapter 109

1Do not keep silent, O God of my praise!
2For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
3They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause.


Matthew 26 : 30 - 35

Chapter 26

30And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: "I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
32But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee."
33Peter answered and said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble."
34Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."
35Peter said to Him, "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" And so said all the disciples.


Mark 14 : 26 - 31

Chapter 14

26And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
27Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: "I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered.'
28"But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee."
29Peter said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be."
30Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."
31But he spoke more vehemently, "If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" And they all said likewise.


Luke 22 : 31 - 39

Chapter 22

31And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
32But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."
33But he said to Him, "Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death."
34Then He said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me."
35And He said to them, "When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?" So they said, "Nothing."
36Then He said to them, "But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
37For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: "And He was numbered with the transgressors.' For the things concerning Me have an end."
38So they said, "Lord, look, here are two swords." And He said to them, "It is enough."
39Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.


John 18 : 1 - 2

Chapter 18

1When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered.
2And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples.


Sixth hour of the eve of Holy Friday

Ezekiel 22 : 23 - 28

Chapter 22

23And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
24"Son of man, say to her: "You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.'
25The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.
26Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
27Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.
28Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, "Thus says the Lord GOD,' when the LORD had not spoken.


Psalms 59 : 1 - 69 : 20

Chapter 59

1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; Defend me from those who rise up against me.
2Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, And save me from bloodthirsty men.
3For look, they lie in wait for my life; The mighty gather against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O LORD.
4They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine. Awake to help me, and behold!
5You therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to punish all the nations; Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors.Selah
6At evening they return, They growl like a dog, And go all around the city.
7Indeed, they belch with their mouth; Swords are in their lips; For they say, "Who hears?"
8But You, O LORD, shall laugh at them; You shall have all the nations in derision.
9I will wait for You, O You his Strength; For God is my defense.
10My God of mercy shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.
11Do not slay them, lest my people forget; Scatter them by Your power, And bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be taken in their pride, And for the cursing and lying which they speak.
13Consume them in wrath, consume them, That they may not be; And let them know that God rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth.Selah
14And at evening they return, They growl like a dog, And go all around the city.
15They wander up and down for food, And howl if they are not satisfied.
16But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
17To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.

Chapter 69

1Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.
2I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me.
3I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.
5O God, You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You.
6Let not those who wait for You, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me; Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.
7Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.
8I have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother's children;
9Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
10When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, That became my reproach.
11I also made sackcloth my garment; I became a byword to them.
12Those who sit in the gate speak against me, And I am the song of the drunkards.
13But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.
14Deliver me out of the mire, And let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, And out of the deep waters.
15Let not the floodwater overflow me, Nor let the deep swallow me up; And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.
16Hear me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.
17And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in trouble; Hear me speedily.
18Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; Deliver me because of my enemies.
19You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You.
20Reproach has broken my heart, And I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for comforters, but I found none.


Matthew 26 : 36 - 46

Chapter 26

36Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, "Sit here while I go and pray over there."
37And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
38Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me."
39He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."
40Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
41Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
42Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done."
43And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45Then He came to His disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand."


Mark 14 : 32 - 42

Chapter 14

32Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here while I pray."
33And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed.
34Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch."
35He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
36And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will."
37Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour?
38Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
39Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.
40And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.
41Then He came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
42Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand."


Luke 22 : 40 - 46

Chapter 22

40When He came to the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
41And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed,
42saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done."
43Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
44And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.
46Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation."


John 18 : 3 - 9

Chapter 18

3Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
4Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, "Whom are you seeking?"
5They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am He." And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them.
6Now when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground.
7Then He asked them again, "Whom are you seeking?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth."
8Jesus answered, "I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,"
9that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, "Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none."


Ninth hour of the eve of Holy Friday

Jeremiah 9 : 7 - 11

Chapter 9

7Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: "Behold, I will refine them and try them; For how shall I deal with the daughter of My people?
8Their tongue is an arrow shot out; It speaks deceit; One speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, But in his heart he lies in wait.
9Shall I not punish them for these things?" says the LORD. "Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?"
10I will take up a weeping and wailing for the mountains, And for the dwelling places of the wilderness a lamentation, Because they are burned up, So that no one can pass through; Nor can men hear the voice of the cattle. Both the birds of the heavens and the beasts have fled; They are gone.
11"I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a den of jackals. I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant."


Ezekiel 21 : 28 - 32

Chapter 21

28"And you, son of man, prophesy and say, "Thus says the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites and concerning their reproach,' and say: "A sword, a sword is drawn, Polished for slaughter, For consuming, for flashing--
29While they see false visions for you, While they divine a lie to you, To bring you on the necks of the wicked, the slain Whose day has come, Whose iniquity shall end.
30"Return it to its sheath. I will judge you In the place where you were created, In the land of your nativity.
31I will pour out My indignation on you; I will blow against you with the fire of My wrath, And deliver you into the hands of brutal men who are skillful to destroy.
32You shall be fuel for the fire; Your blood shall be in the midst of the land. You shall not be remembered, For I the LORD have spoken."'


Psalms 28 : 3 - 4

Chapter 28

3Do not take me away with the wicked And with the workers of iniquity, Who speak peace to their neighbors, But evil is in their hearts.
4Give them according to their deeds, And according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve.


Psalms 35 : 4

Chapter 35

4Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor Who seek after my life; Let those be turned back and brought to confusion Who plot my hurt.


Matthew 26 : 47 - 58

Chapter 26

47And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him."
49Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
50But Jesus said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.
51And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
52But Jesus said to him, "Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
53Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?
54How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?"
55In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me.
56But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.
57And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
58But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest's courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.


Mark 14 : 43 - 54

Chapter 14

43And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
44Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely."
45As soon as he had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, "Rabbi, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
46Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him.
47And one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
48Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me?
49I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled."
50Then they all forsook Him and fled.
51Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him,
52and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.
53And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes.
54But Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire.


Luke 22 : 47 - 55

Chapter 22

47And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him.
48But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
49When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?"
50And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
51But Jesus answered and said, "Permit even this." And He touched his ear and healed him.
52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs?
53When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
54Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest's house. But Peter followed at a distance.
55Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.


John 18 : 10 - 14

Chapter 18

10Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
11So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?"
12Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.
13And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year.
14Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.


Eleventh hour of the eve of Holy Friday

Isaiah 27 : 11 - 28 : 15

Chapter 27

11When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off; The women come and set them on fire. For it is a people of no understanding; Therefore He who made them will not have mercy on them, And He who formed them will show them no favor.
12And it shall come to pass in that day That the LORD will thresh, From the channel of the River to the Brook of Egypt; And you will be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel.
13So it shall be in that day: The great trumpet will be blown; They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, And they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, And shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Chapter 28

1Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, Whose glorious beauty is a fading flower Which is at the head of the verdant valleys, To those who are overcome with wine!
2Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, Like a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, Like a flood of mighty waters overflowing, Who will bring them down to the earth with His hand.
3The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, Will be trampled underfoot;
4And the glorious beauty is a fading flower Which is at the head of the verdant valley, Like the first fruit before the summer, Which an observer sees; He eats it up while it is still in his hand.
5In that day the LORD of hosts will be For a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty To the remnant of His people,
6For a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, And for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
7But they also have erred through wine, And through intoxicating drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8For all tables are full of vomit and filth; No place is clean.
9"Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts?
10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little."
11For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people,
12To whom He said, "This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest," And, "This is the refreshing"; Yet they would not hear.
13But the word of the LORD was to them, "Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little," That they might go and fall backward, and be broken And snared and caught.
14Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
15Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, It will not come to us, For we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves."


Psalms 2 : 1 - 2,4,5

Chapter 2

1Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?
4He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision.
5Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:


Matthew 26 : 59 - 75

Chapter 26

59Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death,
60but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward
61and said, "This fellow said, "I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days."'
62And the high priest arose and said to Him, "Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?"
63But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, "I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!"
64Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."
65Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy!
66What do you think?" They answered and said, "He is deserving of death."
67Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands,
68saying, "Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?"
69Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, "You also were with Jesus of Galilee."
70But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you are saying."
71And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth."
72But again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the Man!"
73And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, "Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you."
74Then he began to curse and swear, saying, "I do not know the Man!" Immediately a rooster crowed.
75And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So he went out and wept bitterly.


Mark 14 : 55 - 72

Chapter 14

55Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none.
56For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree.
57Then some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying,
58"We heard Him say, "I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands."'
59But not even then did their testimony agree.
60And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, "Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?"
61But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?"
62Jesus said, "I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."
63Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "What further need do we have of witnesses?
64You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?" And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.
65Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, "Prophesy!" And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands.
66Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came.
67And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with Jesus of Nazareth."
68But he denied it, saying, "I neither know nor understand what you are saying." And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.
69And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, "This is one of them."
70But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, "Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it."
71Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know this Man of whom you speak!"
72A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times." And when he thought about it, he wept.


Luke 22 : 56 - 65

Chapter 22

56And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, "This man was also with Him."
57But he denied Him, saying, "Woman, I do not know Him."
58And after a little while another saw him and said, "You also are of them." But Peter said, "Man, I am not!"
59Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, "Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean."
60But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
61And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."
62So Peter went out and wept bitterly.
63Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him.
64And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, "Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?"
65And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.


John 18 : 15 - 27

Chapter 18

15And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest.
16But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in.
17Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, "You are not also one of this Man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."
18Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.
19The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.
20Jesus answered him, "I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.
21Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said."
22And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, "Do You answer the high priest like that?"
23Jesus answered him, "If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?"
24Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
25Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, "You are not also one of His disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not!"
26One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?"
27Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.



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Day 9 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.
Amen.

The Ninth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramoudah

Departure of St.Zosimus (Zocima)

      On this day in the middle of the fifth century the ascetic father and the struggling monk Abba Zocima the priest, departed. This Saint was born about the middle of the fourth century from Christian and holy parents, who were from Palestine. When he was five years old they handed him to a righteous old monk, who raised him in a Christian manner and taught him the doctrine of the church, and shortly after they ordained him a deacon. He became a righteous monk and grew in virtues. He was continually praising God and he read the Scriptures day and night and during work also. When he had completed thirty five years in the monastery they ordained him a priest. Then he increased his ascetic labors and struggle. After spending thirteen years in this struggle the enemy sowed in his mind the evil thought that he was superior to all his contemporaries in virtues and righteousness. But the Lord willed to turn him away from this thought. He sent an angel to him and commanded him to go to the monastery which was near the river Jordan. He rose up and went to the monastery and he found therein righteous old men who were more perfect in their contending than him. He realized that he was far from what he thought in himself and he stayed there with them.

      The custom of those monks during the Holy Lent, was that after they had fasted the first weak they partook the Holy Communion, then they left the monastery singing the twenty six psalm, and at the end of it, they prayed together. Then the abbot blessed them and they bed farewell to each other. Then they dispersed in the desert of Jordan and each of them carried out his spiritual fight by himself. St. Zosimus used to go out with them each year wondering in the desert asking God to show him who was more perfect than him. As he was wondering about he met Mary the Egyptian (Coptic). He learned from her about her life history and the reason for her wondering in the desert. She asked him to visit her after one year to give her the Holy Mysteries. He came to her in the next year and gave her the Holy Communion. In the year after he revisited her again but he found her had departed and he buried her and told the monks of the monastery concerning her strife. After he had lived ninety nine years he departed in peace.

May His prayers be with us all. Amen.

Commemoration of the Wonder that took place with Pope Sinuthius (Shenouda I) the Fifty-Fifth Patriarch

      On this day also a great sign was made manifest through our holy father Pope Sinuthius (Shenouda I) the fifty fifth Pope of Alexandria. This Pope went to the desert of Scetis in order to fast the Holy Lent with the fathers the monks. On Palm Sunday many Arabs came to the desert of Scetis to plunder the monasteries. They stood on the rock east of the church of St. Macarius. Their swords were drawn in their hands ready to kill and steal. The bishops and the monks gathered together and decided to leave the desert before the Holy Feast of Resurrection (Easter) and they took counsel with Pope Shenouda who told them; "As for me I will not leave the desert until I complete the Pascal week. On Maundy Thursday the situation became worse. The Pope took his staff that had the sign of the cross on it and he wanted to go out to meet the Arabs saying: "It is better for me to die with the people of God" but they prevented him from going out, but instead, he strengthened and comforted them. Then he went forth to meet the Arabs with his staff in his hand. When they saw him, they retreated and fled away as if they were pursued by an army of soldiers and from this day onwards they never came back to do any harm.

May The prayers of this father be with us and glory be to God forever. Amen.


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