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Tuesday, 28th April 2015 --- 20 Baramoudah 1731



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Readings for Thursday of second week of fifty Joyous Days



Vespers

Vespers Psalm

From the Psalms of our teacher David the prophet.
May his blessings be with us all.

Psalms 90 : 14

Chapter 90

14Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Our Lord God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, the Living Son of God to whom be glory forever.
Amen.

Vespers Gospel

Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel.
A reading from the Gospel according to our teacher Saint Matthew the Evangelist.
May His Blessings be with us all.

Matthew 11 : 11 - 15

Chapter 11

11"Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.
15He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

And Glory be to God forever.


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Matins

Matins Psalm

From the Psalms of our teacher David the prophet.
May his blessings be with us all.

Psalms 5 : 3 - 4

Chapter 5

3My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.
4For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Our Lord God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, the Living Son of God to whom be glory forever.
Amen.


Matins Gospel

Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel.
A reading from the Gospel according to our teacher Saint Matthew the Evangelist.
May His Blessings be with us all.

Matthew 11 : 2 - 6

Chapter 11

2And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples
3and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?"
4Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
5The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."

And Glory be to God forever.


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Liturgy Gospel

Paulines Epistle

Paul, the servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, appointed to the Gospel of God.
A reading from the Epistle of our teacher Paul to the Romans .
May his blessings be upon us.
Amen.

Romans 1 : 16 - 17

Chapter 1

16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

The grace of God the Father be with you all.
Amen.


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Catholic Epistle

A Reading from Epistle 1 of St. John .
May his blessing be upon us.
Amen.

1 John 2 : 7 - 10

Chapter 2

7Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.
8Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
9He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
10He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

Do not love the world or the things in the world.
The world passes away, and its desires; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Amen.


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Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of our fathers the apostles, may their blessings be with us.

Acts 4 : 13 - 18

Chapter 4

13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
14And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
15But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
16saying, "What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name."
18So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty, and be confirmed, in the holy Church of God.
Amen.


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Divine Psalm

Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel.
A reading from the Gospel according to our teacher Saint John the Evangelist.
May His Blessings be with us all. Amen.
From the Psalms of our teacher David the prophet, and the Good King.
May his blessings be with us all.

Psalms 8 : 4 - 5

Chapter 8

4What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
5For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.


Hallelujah.


Divine Gospel

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Our Lord God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, the Living Son of God to whom be glory forever.
Amen.

John 5 : 39 - 47

Chapter 5

39You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
40But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
41"I do not receive honor from men.
42But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.
43I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
44How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?
45Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you--Moses, in whom you trust.
46For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.
47But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"


And Glory be to God forever.


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Not to be read in the Church during this time of the year.

Synaxarium

Day 20 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 Twentieth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramoudah

Martyrdom of St.Babnuda (Paphnute)

      On this day, St. Babnuda (Paphnute), who was from Dandara (Dendereh), was martyred. This Saint was a hermit monk. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him to put on the priesthood vestments and go appear before Arianus, the governor. Arianus arrived with his ship and embarked by the city of Dandara, looking for that Saint. The Saint came to Arianus and cried out in his face with a loud voice, saying: "I am Christian, and I believe in the lord Christ." When the Governor knew that he was the anchorite for whom he sought, he ordered him to be tortured severely. He chained him with iron fetters and cast him in a dark prison. A heavenly light shone upon him and an angel of the Lord appeared to him, healed his wounds, and comforted him. There was in the city a man, whose name was Kyrillos, with his wife, his daughter, and twelve young men. The Saint preached them and confirmed them in faith. They were all martyred by cutting of their heads, and they received the crown of martyrdom. The Governor was raged of him and ordered to hang a rock in his neck and cast him in the sea, and St.Babnuda received the crown of martyrdom.

May His prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.


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