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Sunday, 25th April 2021 --- 17 Baramoudah 1737

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Vespers of Palm Sunday

Psalms 118:26-27
John 12:1-11

Matins of Palm Sunday

Psalms 104:4-138:1-2
John 1:43-51
Psalms 87:3,5,7
Luke 1:39-56
Psalms 34:7-8
Luke 1:26-38
Psalms 103:20-21
Matthew 13:44-52
Psalms 68:11-12
Luke 10:1-12
Psalms 19:3-4
Matthew 10:1-8
Psalms 97:11-12
Luke 21:12-19
Psalms 68:35,3
Matthew 16:24-28
Psalms 84:1-2
Luke 13:22-30
Psalms 29:3-4
Matthew 3:13-17
Psalms 118:19-20
Matthew 21:1-11
Psalms 52:8-9
Luke 7:28-35
Psalms 68:19,35
Luke 19:1-10

Liturgy of Palm Sunday

Hebrews 9:11-28
1 Peter 4:1-11
Acts 28:11-31
Psalms 81:3,1,2
Matthew 21:1-17
Mark 11:1-11
Luke 19:29-48
Psalms 65:1-2
John 12:12-19

General Funeral Prayers

Ezekiel 37:1-14
1 Corinthians 15:1-23
Psalms 65:4
John 5:19-29

Ninth hour of the day of Palm Sunday

Lamentations 1:1-4
Zephaniah 3:11-20
Psalms 8:2-3
Matthew 21:10-17

Eleventh hour of the day of Palm Sunday

Isaiah 48:12-22
Nahum 1:2-8
Psalms 8:1,2
Matthew 20:20-28

First hour of the eve of Holy Monday

Zephaniah 1:2-12
Psalms 27:6-8
John 12:20-36

Third hour of the eve of Holy Monday

Zephaniah 1:14-2:2
Psalms 28:9,2
Luke 9:18-22

Sixth hour of the eve of Holy Monday

Joel 1:5-15
Psalms 29:1-2
Mark 10:32-34

Ninth hour of the eve of Holy Monday

Micah 2:3-10
Psalms 17:6,1
Mark 8:27-33

Eleventh hour of the eve of Holy Monday

Micah 3:1-4
Psalms 18:17-18
Matthew 17:19-23

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


Day 17 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Baramoudah, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins after forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers.

The Seventeenth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramoudah

Martyrdom of St.James the Apostle, the Brother of St.John the Apostle

      On this day, St. James the Apostle, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. John, the Apostle, was martyred. After he had preached the Gospel in Judea and Samaria, he went to Spain. He preached the Gospel there, and its people believed in the Lord Christ. He returned to Jerusalem and pursued his ministry. He always advised his flock to give alms to the poor, the needy, and the weak. They accused him before Herod who called him and asked him: "Are you the one that instigating the people not to give the taxes to Caesar but to give it to the poor and the churches?" Then he smote him with the sword, cutting off his head, and St. James received the crown of martyrdom. Clement of Alexandria, from the fathers of the second century, said: "The soldier that seized the Saint, when he saw his courage, he realized that there must be a better life and asked the Saint for his forgiveness. Then the soldier confessed Christianity and received the crown of martyrdom (Acts 12:1-2) along with the Apostle in the year 44 A.D." Because Herod saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. So when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. (Acts 12:3-4) So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, "The voice of a god and not of a man!" Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. (Acts 12:21-23) As of the body of St. James, the believers took it, shrouded it, and buried it by the Temple. It was said that the body of St. James was translated to Spain, where James the elder considered to be its Apostle.

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

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