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Saturday, 24th March 2018 --- 15 Baramhat 1734

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Readings for Saturday of sixth week of Great Lent


Matins Psalm

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

Psalms 79 : 8 - 9

Chapter 79

8Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us! Let Your tender mercies come speedily to meet us, For we have been brought very low.
9Help us, O God of our salvation, For the glory of Your name; And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, For Your name's sake!

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 Matthew the Evangelist.
May His Blessings be with us all.

Matthew 9 : 1 - 8

Chapter 9

1So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
2Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you."
3And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!"
4But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
5For which is easier, to say, "Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, "Arise and walk'?
6But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
7And he arose and departed to his house.
8Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

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 Ephesians .
May his blessings be upon us.

Ephesians 4 : 1 - 7

Chapter 4

1I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
2with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
3endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
5one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.

The grace of God the Father be with you all.

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Catholic Epistle

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

1 Peter 1 : 13 - 21

Chapter 1

13Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
15but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
16because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."
17And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;
18knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,
19but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
20He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
21who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

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 27 : 9 - 26

Chapter 27

9Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them,
10saying, "Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives."
11Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.
12And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there.
13When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete.
14But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon.
15So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive.
16And running under the shelter of an island called Clauda, we secured the skiff with difficulty.
17When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and so were driven.
18And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship.
19On the third day we threw the ship's tackle overboard with our own hands.
20Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.
21But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, "Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss.
22And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
23For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve,
24saying, "Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.'
25Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.
26However, we must run aground on a certain island."

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

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Day 15 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 Fifteenth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramhat

Departure of St.Sarah the nun

      On this day departed the righteous and ascetic St. Sarah the nun who was a native of Upper Egypt. Her parents, who were exceedingly rich, were Christians and had no other children. They raised her in a christian manner and taught her reading and writing. She was always reading the books of the church and especially the biography and sayings of the fathers the monks. She was influenced by their lives and desired the ascetic life. She went to one of the convents of Upper Egypt and dwelt there for many years serving the virgins. Then she put on the monastic garb, persisting on fighting the lust of Satan for thirteen years until Satan was weary of her. When Satan was exasperated from her steadfastness and purity, he wished to overthrow her by the sin of pride. He appeared to her while she was standing praying on the roof of her cell and said to her: "Rejoice for you have overcome Satan." She replied: "I am a feeble woman, and I can not conquer you except by the power of the Lord Christ" and then Satan vanished.

      This Saint had many useful sayings that she used to say to the nuns. One of her sayings: "I never set my foot upon the step of the ladder, and I never go up to the next step without thinking I may die before I raise my leg so that the enemy might not entice me with the hope of a long life." And she also said: " IT is better for a man to show mercy even to satisfy men for the time will come that it will be to satisfy God." She also had many other sayings written in the Paradise of the Fathers. She stayed on the banks of the river in a cave for sixty years fighting a great fight and no one saw her until she departed to the eternal bless and she was eighty years old.

May Her prayers be with us. Amen.

Martyrdom of St.Helias of Hnes

      On this day also St. Helias of Hnes was martyred.

May his prayers be with us and 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 32 : 1 - 2

Chapter 32

1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
2Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.


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.

Mark 10 : 46 - 52

Chapter 10

46Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.
47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
48Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
49So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you."
50And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
51So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight."
52Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

And Glory be to God forever.

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