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Monday, 2nd March 2015 --- 23 Amshir 1731



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Readings for Monday of sixth week of Great Lent



Matins


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

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.
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 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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.


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Catholic Epistle

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

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.
Amen.


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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.
Amen.


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Synaxarium

Day 23 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Amshir, 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 Twenty-Third Day of the Blessed Month of Amshir

Martyrdom of St.Eusebius, Son of Basilides the Minister

      On this day, St. Eusebius, the son of Basilides, the minister, was martyred. This Saint was one of the soldiers who fought in the war against Persia. When Diocletian abandoned the faith, Basilides, informed his son, Eusebius, of what Diocletian had done. Then St. Eusebius in turn told his companions, the holy men: Abadir, Yustos, Ecladius, and Theodore about this matter. They all agreed to shed their blood in the Name of the Lord Christ. When the war was over, they returned to Antioch carrying the flag of victory. The Emperor went out to meet them, and asked them to worship his idols with him, but they all refused. Eusebius pulled his sword out, and tried to kill Diocletian and all who were with him, but Diocletian fled and disappeared. If not for the presence of Basilides, Eusebius and the saints with him could have killed all the leaders of the government. Romanus, one of the ministers of the Emperor, advised him to exile Eusebius to Egypt to be killed there. He sent him to the governor of Qift (Coptos), Maurianus, who inflicted upon him many tortures from the Hinbazeen (the squeezing wheel), dismemberment, and by severe beatings. The Lord sent to him His angel to strengthen him in his afflictions, to comfort him and to heal his wounds. The Lord showed him in a vision the paradise and the mansions of the saints, and the places that had been prepared for him, his father and his brother, and his soul exceedingly rejoiced. The Governor ordered him to be burned in a fiery furnace outside the City of Ahnas. The angel of the Lord came and put out the fire and took St. Eusebius out safely. Finally the Governor ordered him beheaded and thus he received the crown of martyrdom.

May His prayers be with us and Glory be to our 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.


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.

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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