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Sunday, 29th March 2015 --- 20 Baramhat 1731

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Readings for Monday of sixth week of Great Lent


Proverbs 8 : 1 - 11 Isaiah 43 : 10 - 28 Job 32 : 6 - 16

Proverbs 8 : 1 - 11

Chapter 8

1Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice?
2She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors:
4"To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.
5O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
6Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
7For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
9They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge.
10Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;
11For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.

Isaiah 43 : 10 - 28

Chapter 43

10"You are My witnesses," says the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.
11I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior.
12I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses," Says the LORD, "that I am God.
13Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?"
14Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I will send to Babylon, And bring them all down as fugitives--The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
15I am the LORD, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King."
16Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters,
17Who brings forth the chariot and horse, The army and the power (They shall lie down together, they shall not rise; They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):
18"Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.
19Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
20The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen.
21This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise.
22"But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob; And you have been weary of Me, O Israel.
23You have not brought Me the sheep for your burnt offerings, Nor have you honored Me with your sacrifices. I have not caused you to serve with grain offerings, Nor wearied you with incense.
24You have bought Me no sweet cane with money, Nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices; But you have burdened Me with your sins, You have wearied Me with your iniquities.
25"I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.
26Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted.
27Your first father sinned, And your mediators have transgressed against Me.
28Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary; I will give Jacob to the curse, And Israel to reproaches.

Job 32 : 6 - 16

Chapter 32

6So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said: "I am young in years, and you are very old; Therefore I was afraid, And dared not declare my opinion to you.
7I said, "Age should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.'
8But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
9Great men are not always wise, Nor do the aged always understand justice.
10"Therefore I say, "Listen to me, I also will declare my opinion.'
11Indeed I waited for your words, I listened to your reasonings, while you searched out what to say.
12I paid close attention to you; And surely not one of you convinced Job, Or answered his words--
13Lest you say, "We have found wisdom'; God will vanquish him, not man.
14Now he has not directed his words against me; So I will not answer him with your words.
15"They are dismayed and answer no more; Words escape them.
16And I have waited, because they did not speak, Because they stood still and answered no more.

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Matins Psalm

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

Psalms 38 : 9 - 9

Chapter 38

9Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from 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.

Matins Gospel

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

Mark 12 : 1 - 12

Chapter 12

1Then He began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.
2Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers.
3And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
4Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated.
5And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some.
6Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, "They will respect my son.'
7But those vinedressers said among themselves, "This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
8So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.
9"Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others.
10Have you not even read this Scripture: "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.
11This was the LORD's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
12And they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away.

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 Thessalonians .
May his blessings be upon us.

1 Thessalonians 4 : 1 - 18

Chapter 4

1Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;
2for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;
4that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
5not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;
6that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
7For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.
8Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
9But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
10and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;
11that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,
12that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
13But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The grace of God the Father be with you all.

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Catholic Epistle

A Reading from Epistle of St. James .
May his blessing be upon us.

James 4 : 7 - 12

Chapter 4

7Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
11Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
12There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

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.

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Acts of the Apostles

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

Acts 18 : 9 - 18

Chapter 18

9Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent;
10for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city."
11And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat,
13saying, "This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law."
14And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you.
15But if it is a question of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters."
16And he drove them from the judgment seat.
17Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.
18So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.

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

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Day 20 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Baramhat, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins after forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers.

The Twentieth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramhat

Departure of the Saint Anba Khail (Mikhail) the Fifty Sixth Pope of the See of St.Mark

      On this day of the year 623 A.M. (March 16th., 907 A.D.) the holy father Anba Khail (Mikhail), the fifty six Pope of Alexandria, departed. He was enthroned Patriarch on the 30th. of Baramouda 5296 A.M. (April 25th., year 880 A.D.). This father had nobel qualities, nevertheless a great sorrow came upon him. Pope Cosma the Second, built a church on the name of St. Ebtelmaos in the city of Danousher which was under the jurisdiction of the bishop of Sakha. The people of Danousher desired to invite the father the Patriarch Anba Mikhail and some of the neighboring bishops to consecrate this church but the Bishop of Sakha was not pleased with this idea. When they did against his wish and the father the Patriarch along with the bishops came, this bishop refused to stay and he left the church pretending that he was going to check on their meal. When the Bishop did not come back, and the time to start the service had passed, the bishops and the elders asked the father the Patriarch to begin the service. Having urged the Patriarch and pointed out that he was the father of them all and having authority over them, with difficulty he rose up and prayed the prayer of thanks giving and the offering of the Lamb. When the Bishop heard of this, and for his wickedness and his love for the glory of the world, he became enraged with the excuse that the Patriarch had violated the cannons of the church and celebrated the divine Liturgy in a parish without the permission of its bishop. He returned to the church in hast and Satan entered his heart, he transgressed against the holy and pure altar and the offering that was on it, then left the church full of wrath. The father the Patriarch completed the Divine Liturgy with calmness and maturity. On the following day the Patriarch held a council from the bishops who were with him, the priests, and the scholars and they excommunicated this bishop and appointed another in his stead. That Bishop became furious, Satan entered his heart and he went to the Governor of Egypt Ahmad Ebn-Tolon and told him: "The Patriarch is very wealthy, and his churches are filled with vessels, in gold and silver."

      This Governor was preparing to go to war and needed funds to finance these preparations. He called the Patriarch and demanded the church funds and its vessels, but the Patriarch refused. He shut him up in prison with a deacon whose name was Ebn El-Monzer for a year during which the Pope ate only bread, salt, and boiled beans. John and Moses, two scribes of the Governor, agreed with the scribes of the Governor's minister John and his son Macarius to free the father the Patriarch and they asked for the minister's help who agreed to their request. He interceded on their behalf before the Governor Ebn-Tolon who agreed on a condition that the Patriarch pay him 20 thousand Dinar. The Patriarch wrote a promissory note to pay the amount on two installments: the first after one month and the second after four month and this way he was able to leave the prison. When the time came to pay the first instalment those scribes paid two thousand dinar, the minister contributed one thousand and Anba Michail paid seven thousands, he collected from the bishops and the believers. The pope was compelled to travel to collect the sum required for the second instalment. When he was at the city of Belbays, a monk with ragged cloth passed by the Pope's disciples and told them: "Go and tell your teacher that the lord will relieve him from his fine after forty days." When the father heard that he sent for that monk but they could not find him. Before that period had passed Ebn-Tolon died and his son Khamarawaih, who forgave the Patriarch of his debt, took his place year 875 A.M. He called the Patriarch, comforted him and then tore up the promissory note as the monk had prophesied. The wicked Bishop that caused all these troubles for the holy father Anba Mikhail, the wrath of God came upon him in his life and his death to be an example for others. This father spent twenty seven years on the chair of St. Mark, then departed in peace.

May His prayers be with us. Amen.

Raising of Lazarus from the dead

      On this day also the Lord raised the righteous lazarus from the dead and many people believed because of this great miracle.

Glory be to God forever. 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 35 : 1 - 2

Chapter 35

1Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me; Fight against those who fight against me.
2Take hold of shield and buckler, And stand up for my help.


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.

Luke 13 : 1 - 5

Chapter 13

1There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?
3I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
4Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
5I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."

And Glory be to God forever.

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