Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Midlands, U.K.

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Thursday, 5th May 2016 --- 27 Baramoudah 1732

Today's Readings

Readings for Thursday of first week of fifty Joyous Days


Vespers Psalm

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

Psalms 97 : 8 - 9

Chapter 97

8Zion hears and is glad, And the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments, O LORD.
9For You, LORD, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.

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.

Vespers 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 2 : 3 - 13

Chapter 2

3Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.
4And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you."
6And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
7"Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
8But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?
9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, "Arise, take up your bed and walk'?
10But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--He said to the paralytic,
11"I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
12Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"
13Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them.

And Glory be to God forever.

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Matins Psalm

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

Psalms 106 : 4 - 5

Chapter 106

4Remember me, O LORD, with the favor You have toward Your people. Oh, visit me with Your salvation,
5That I may see the benefit of Your chosen ones, That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, That I may glory with Your inheritance.

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

Luke 9 : 28 - 36

Chapter 9

28Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
29As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.
30And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,
31who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
32But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.
33Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"--not knowing what he said.
34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.
35And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!"
36When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.

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 1 : 15 - 2 : 3

Chapter 1

15Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
18the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
20which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Chapter 2

1And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
2in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
3among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

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 3 : 8 - 15

Chapter 3

8Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
9not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
10For "He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.
11Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil."
13And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?
14But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled."
15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

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 4 : 13 - 22

Chapter 4

13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
14And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
15But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
16saying, "What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name."
18So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.
20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."
21So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.
22For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.

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

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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 106 : 48 - 48

Chapter 106

48Blessed be the LORD God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD!


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 7 : 11 - 17

Chapter 7

11Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd.
12And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.
13When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."
14Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."
15So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
16Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us"; and, "God has visited His people."
17And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.

And Glory be to God forever.

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Day 27 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 Twenty-Seventh Day of the Blessed Month of Baramoudah

Martyrdom of St.Boctor Ebn Romanus

  On this day, the honorable Saint Boctor (Victor) Ebn Romanus, the minister of Emperor Diocletian, was martyred. His mother Martha had reared him in the Christian ethics. He was promoted in the ranks in the kingdom until he became the third in succession. He was then twenty years old. He prayed and fasted much, visited the prisoners and assisted the poor and needy. When they cut off the head of St. Theodata, the mother of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, no one dared to bury her because they feared the Emperor. This Saint went forth and took the body, shrouded it, then buried her, not caring about the Emperor's order. St. Boctor often admonished his father for worshipping the idols, so his father accused him before the Emperor. The Emperor had him brought and asked him to worship the idols to obey the imperial order. The saint took off his soldier girdle and threw it in his face saying: "Take your gift that you gave me." His father suggested to the Emperor to send him to Alexandria to be tortured there. On their way, his mother bid him farewell, crying, and he asked her to care for the poor, the widows, and the lonely. When he arrived to Alexandria, the governor Armanius tortured him many tortures, then he sent him to the governor of Ansena, who tortured him also, then cut off his tongue and plucked out his eyes. The Lord strengthened and comforted him every time. There was a fifteen years old girl who was watching his torture from the window of her house. She saw a crown coming down over his head. She confessed that before the governor and all those who were present. The Governor ordered her head to be cut off and also the head of St. Boctor. They received the crown of life in the Kingdom of Heaven. There is a district in Alexandria until now known as El Boctoriah (Victoria), named after this Saint, because probably there was a church on his name in this district.

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

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