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Tuesday, 13th March 2018 --- 4 Baramhat 1734

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Readings for Tuesday of fifth week of Great Lent


Numbers 10 : 35 - end Numbers 11 : 1 - 34 Proverbs 3 : 19 - end Proverbs 4 : 1 - 9 Isaiah 40 : 1 - 8 Job 25 : 1 - 6 Jobs 26 : 1 - 14

Numbers 10 : 35 - end

Chapter 10

35So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: "Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You."
36And when it rested, he said: "Return, O LORD, To the many thousands of Israel."

Numbers 11 : 1 - 34

Chapter 11

1Now when the people complained, it displeased the LORD; for the LORD heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the LORD burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.
2Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the LORD, the fire was quenched.
3So he called the name of the place Taberah, because the fire of the LORD had burned among them.
4Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: "Who will give us meat to eat?
5We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic;
6but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!"
7Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its color like the color of bdellium.
8The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, cooked it in pans, and made cakes of it; and its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared with oil.
9And when the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it.
10Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was greatly aroused; Moses also was displeased.
11So Moses said to the LORD, "Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me?
12Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, "Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child,' to the land which You swore to their fathers?
13Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me, saying, "Give us meat, that we may eat.'
14I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.
15If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now--if I have found favor in Your sight--and do not let me see my wretchedness!"
16So the LORD said to Moses: "Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you.
17Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.
18Then you shall say to the people, "Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, "Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt." Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat.
19You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days,
20but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the LORD who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, "Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?'
21And Moses said, "The people whom I am among are six hundred thousand men on foot; yet You have said, "I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month.'
22Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to provide enough for them?"
23And the LORD said to Moses, "Has the LORD's arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not."
24So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle.
25Then the LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again.
26But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp.
27And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp."
28So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, "Moses my lord, forbid them!"
29Then Moses said to him, "Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD's people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!"
30And Moses returned to the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
31Now a wind went out from the LORD, and it brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering near the camp, about a day's journey on this side and about a day's journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the ground.
32And the people stayed up all that day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.
33But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was aroused against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very great plague.
34So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had yielded to craving.

Proverbs 3 : 19 - end

Chapter 3

19The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens;
20By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew.
21My son, let them not depart from your eyes--Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck.
23Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble.
24When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.
29Do not devise evil against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety's sake.
30Do not strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
31Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways;
32For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, But His secret counsel is with the upright.
33The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just.
34Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
35The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.

Proverbs 4 : 1 - 9

Chapter 4

1Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;
2For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.
3When I was my father's son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
4He also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.
5Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.
7Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
8Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you."

Isaiah 40 : 1 - 8

Chapter 40

1"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" Says your God.
2"Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the LORD's hand Double for all her sins."
3The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.
4Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth;
5The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
6The voice said, "Cry out!" And he said, "What shall I cry?All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.
8The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever."

Job 25 : 1 - 6

Chapter 25

1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2"Dominion and fear belong to Him; He makes peace in His high places.
3Is there any number to His armies? Upon whom does His light not rise?
4How then can man be righteous before God? Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman?
5If even the moon does not shine, And the stars are not pure in His sight,
6How much less man, who is a maggot, And a son of man, who is a worm?"

Jobs 26 : 1 - 14

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Matins Psalm

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

Psalms 86 : 5,6

Chapter 86

5For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
6Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications.

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 9 : 14 - 24

Chapter 9

14And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them.
15Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him.
16And He asked the scribes, "What are you discussing with them?"
17Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.
18And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not."
19He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me."
20Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
21So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood.
22And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us."
23Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
24Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"

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 Philippians .
May his blessings be upon us.

Philippians 2 : 22 - 26

Chapter 2

22But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.
23Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.
24But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.
25Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need;
26since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.

The grace of God the Father be with you all.

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Catholic Epistle

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

1 John 3 : 2 - 11

Chapter 3

2Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
3And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
4Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
5And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
6Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
7Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
8He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
9Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
10In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
11For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one 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 24 : 10 - 23

Chapter 24

10Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,
11because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city.
13Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
14But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
15I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
16This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
17"Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,
18in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult.
19They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me.
20Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council,
21unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, "Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day."'
22But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case."
23So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.

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

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Day 4 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 Fourth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramhat

Assembly of the Holy Council on the island of Bani-Omar

      On this day a Holy Council convened on the island of Bani-Omar against those people called the Fourteenthians. The Fourteenthians celebrated the feast of the Holy Easter with the Jews on the fourteenth of the crescent of Neesan (April) which was on any day of the week. The Bishop of the island excommunicated them, and sent to Serapion Patriarch of Antioch, Democratus Bishop of Rome, Demetrius Patriarch of Alexandria, and Symmachus Bishop of Jerusalem to inform them of the heresy of these people. Each one of them sent an epistle indicating in it that Easter was only to be celebrated on the Sunday that follows the feast of the Jews and ordered to excommunicate everyone that contradict and disobey that. A council of eighteen bishops convened and these holy epistles were read to them. They brought those heretics and read before them these epistles, some of them returned from their wrong opinion and the others insisted on their error. They prevented and excommunicated them from the Holy Church. Also, they decided to celebrate Easter as the order of the Holy Apostles saying: "Any one that celebrate Easter on any other day than Sunday, had shared the Jews in their feasts and separated from the Christians."

      The dispute on the feast of the Christian Passover (Easter) started between Asia Minor and Rome. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, publicly announced the need of keeping the 14th of Neesan to commemorate the Crucifixion and the 16th of Neesan to commemorate the Resurrection (These were the original dates that the Crucifixion and Resurrection fall on regardless what day of the week they fell on) and the Christians of Mesopotamia, Cilicia, and Syria followed his opinion. Victor, Bishop of Rome, publicly announced the importance of putting into consideration that the Crucifixion be on a Friday and the Resurrection be on a Sunday, (since Friday is the day of the Crucifixion and Sunday is the day of the Resurrection). The Christians of Egypt, Greece, Pontus and Arabia agreed with him in that. The dispute between the two bishops intensified, nevertheless their friendship remained unchanged. Alexandria intervened in this subject, and its Patriarch Anba Demetrius the vine dresser (El-Karram), tried to mediate between these two opinions (By making the commemoration of the Crucifixion on Friday and the Resurrection on Sunday), and to be linked to the day 14th of Neesan (The Jewish Passover).

      Pope Demetrius gathered the Alexandrian astronomers, among them was Ptolemy the astronomer which was from Farma, and with their help the Patriarch established the reckoning of the Epacts, which is known by the reckoning of El-Karmah. The reckoning of the Epacts was able to determine the day of the Jewish Passover (The slaughter of the Lamb) in any Egyptian Coptic year, and fix the Sunday after to be the Feast of Resurrection. This way he fulfilled what the Apostles commend that the Jewish Passover and the christian one not to be on the same day. The first Universal council that convened in Nicea, 325 A.D. approved that view and asked the Alexandrian Pope to issue a message on the feast and its date every year.

May the Lord Guard us against the enticement of Satan, with the blessing of the prayers of the saints. Amen.

Martyrdom of St.Haboulyous (Hanulius) the Prince

      On this day also St. Haboulyous (Hanulius) the prince of the city of Perga in Pamphylia was martyred. The love of this prince for Christ made him publicly confess his faith. Barnabakhas the Governor arrested him at Diocletian's command. He confessed the Lord Christ before him giving the Lord the honor with glorious hymns then he cursed the idols. The Prince became raged and ordered him to be crucified. The Saint praised Christ that made him worthy to be martyred in His Name. Then he delivered his soul in the hand of the Lord and received the crown of martyrdom.

May his prayers be with us and Glory be to God for ever. 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 86 : 17 - 17

Chapter 86

17Show me a sign for good, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.


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.

John 8 : 12 - 20

Chapter 8

12Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
13The Pharisees therefore said to Him, "You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true."
14Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going.
15You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
16And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me.
17It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.
18I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me."
19Then they said to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also."
20These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.

And Glory be to God forever.

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