Thursday 2 April 2020
24 Baramhat 1736

Readings for Thursday of of the Great Lent


Prophecy

From the Book of 2 Kings , may his holy blessings be with us all. Amen

2 Kings 4 : 8 - 37

8Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food.
9And she said to her husband, "Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly.
10Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there."
11And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there.
12Then he said to Gehazi his servant, "Call this Shunammite woman." When he had called her, she stood before him.
13And he said to him, "Say now to her, "Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?"' She answered, "I dwell among my own people."
14So he said, "What then is to be done for her?" And Gehazi answered, "Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old."
15So he said, "Call her." When he had called her, she stood in the doorway.
16Then he said, "About this time next year you shall embrace a son." And she said, "No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!"
17But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.
18And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers.
19And he said to his father, "My head, my head!" So he said to a servant, "Carry him to his mother."
20When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
21And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out.
22Then she called to her husband, and said, "Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back."
23So he said, "Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath." And she said, "It is well."
24Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, "Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you."
25And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, "Look, the Shunammite woman!
26Please run now to meet her, and say to her, "Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?"' And she answered, "It is well."
27Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, "Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the LORD has hidden it from me, and has not told me."
28So she said, "Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, "Do not deceive me'?"
29Then he said to Gehazi, "Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child."
30And the mother of the child said, "As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you." So he arose and followed her.
31Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, "The child has not awakened."
32When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed.
33He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the LORD.
34And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm.
35He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
36And he called Gehazi and said, "Call this Shunammite woman." So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, "Pick up your son."
37So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out.

Glory be to the Holy Trinity, our God, forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

From the Book of Isaiah , may his holy blessings be with us all. Amen

Isaiah 45 : 1 - 10

1"Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held--To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut:
2"I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.
3I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.
4For Jacob My servant's sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.
5I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me,
6That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;
7I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.'
8"Rain down, you heavens, from above, And let the skies pour down righteousness; Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, And let righteousness spring up together. I, the LORD, have created it.
9"Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, "What are you making?' Or shall your handiwork say, "He has no hands'?
10Woe to him who says to his father, "What are you begetting?' Or to the woman, "What have you brought forth?"'

Glory be to the Holy Trinity, our God, forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

From the Book of Proverbs , may his holy blessings be with us all. Amen

Proverbs 9 : 1 - 11

1Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table.
3She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city,
4"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
5"Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.
7"He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
8Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.

Glory be to the Holy Trinity, our God, forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

From the Book of Job , may his holy blessings be with us all. Amen

Job 35 : 1 - 16

1Moreover Elihu answered and said:
2"Do you think this is right? Do you say, "My righteousness is more than God's'?
3For you say, "What advantage will it be to You? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?'
4"I will answer you, And your companions with you.
5Look to the heavens and see; And behold the clouds--They are higher than you.
6If you sin, what do you accomplish against Him? Or, if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?
7If you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive from your hand?
8Your wickedness affects a man such as you, And your righteousness a son of man.
9"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10But no one says, "Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,
11Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?'
12There they cry out, but He does not answer, Because of the pride of evil men.
13Surely God will not listen to empty talk, Nor will the Almighty regard it.
14Although you say you do not see Him, Yet justice is before Him, and you must wait for Him.
15And now, because He has not punished in His anger, Nor taken much notice of folly,
16Therefore Job opens his mouth in vain; He multiplies words without knowledge."

Glory be to the Holy Trinity, our God, forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

From the Book of Sirach , may his holy blessings be with us all. Amen

Sirach 11 : 1 - 10

1The wisdom of the humble shall exalt his head, and shall make him sit in the midst of great men.
2Praise not a man for his beauty, neither despise a man for his look.
3The bee is small among flying things, but her fruit hath the chiefest sweetness.
4Glory not in apparel at any time, and be not exalted in the day of thy honour: for the works of the Highest only are wonderful, and his works are glorious, and secret, end hidden.
5Many tyrants have sat on the throne, and he whom no man would think on, hath worn the crown.
6Many mighty men have been greatly brought down, and the glorious have been delivered into the hand of others.
7Before thou inquire, blame no man: and when thou hast inquired, reprove justly.
8Before thou hear, answer not a word: and interrupt not others in the midst of their discourse.
9Strive not in a matter which doth not concern thee, and sit not in judgment with sinners.
10My son, meddle not with many matters: and if thou be rich, thou shalt not be free from sin: for if thou pursue after thou shalt not overtake: and if thou run before thou shalt not escape.

Glory be to the Holy Trinity, our God, forever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

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Matins Psalm & Gospel

From the Psalms of our father David the prophet and the king, may his blessings be with us all. Amen.

Psalms 9 : 13 - 13

13Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,

Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord. Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, unto Him be the glory forever, Amen.

Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel. A reading from the Holy Gospel according to our teacher Saint Luke the Evangelist. May His Blessings be with us all. Amen.

Luke 20 : 9 - 19

9Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time.
10Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
12And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
13"Then the owner of the vineyard said, "What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.'
14But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, "This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'
15So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others." And when they heard it they said, "Certainly not!"
17Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone'?
18Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
19And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people--for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.

Glory be to God forever.

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Divine Liturgy

Pauline 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 Timothy.
May his blessings be with us. Amen.

1 Timothy 2 : 1 - 3 : 4

1Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
2for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
5For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
6who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
7for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle--I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying--a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
9in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
10but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
11Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.
12And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
13For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
15Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
1This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.
2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;
3not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
4one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence

The grace of God the Father be with you all. Amen.

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Catholic Epistle

A Reading from Epistle of St. Jude . May his blessings be upon us. Amen.

Jude 1 : 19 - 25

19These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
20But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22And on some have compassion, making a distinction;
23but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
24Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.

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. Amen.

Acts 27 : 16 - 20

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.

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 24 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Baramhat.
May God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins are forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers. Amen.

The Twenty-Fourth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramhat

Apparition of the Pure Lady the Virgin in the church of Zeitoun

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On the eve of this day of the year 1684 A.M. which coincide with tuesday the 2nd. of April 1968 A.D., during the papacy of Pope Kyrellos VI, the hundred sixteenth Pope of Alexandria, our Lady and the pride of our faith started to transfigure in luminous spiritual forms in and around the domes of the church dedicated to her immaculate name in Zeiton, a suburb of Cairo. This transfiguration continued in following nights in a manner that was never known in the East or the West. This transfiguration in some nights was as long as many hours, without stop, in front of tens of thousands of people from every race and religion, with every one seeing her, pointing at her and interceding to her with songs, hymns, tears, prayers and hails and She was looking to them in a compassionate way raising her hand at times to bless them in all directions. The first one to notice this transfiguration was the workmen at the garage of the Public Transit System which was across the street from the church. The watchman Abdel-Aziz Aly, who was in charge of guarding the garage at that night, saw a luminous body over the dome of the church. He started shouting: "light over the dome" and he called the other workers in the garage. They all came and saw the bright light over the large dome of the church. When they looked closely, they saw a young lady in white, kneeling by the cross at the top of the dome. Because the dome had a round, smooth, and very sloping surface, it held the men as though they were nailed in their places watching the fate of the lady. Few seconds passed then they saw the kneeling lady as she stood over the dome. They gave out a cry of fear that she might fall down. They thought she was a girl in despair trying to commit suicide and they cried warning that person not to jump down and some of them called the police. The pedestrians, men and women started to gather around. The view of the lady was getting more clear and she appeared as a beautiful girl in a bright gown of light and had branches of olive tree in her hand, and around her flew white doves. Then they realized that they were seeing a heavenly spiritual view. They directed flood light to the luminous picture to remove all doubt from their minds, but instead it became more clear and bright. They cut the electricity off all the area but the lady remained in her heavenly illumination and her bright gown of light became more clear. She started moving around in a circle of light radiating from her body to all the directions around her. All the people then realized that this lady in front of them, without no doubt is the Virgin Mary. They started to shout and cry saying: "She is the Virgin ... She is the Mother of Light ... " They prayed with songs, hymns and hails all the night until the next morning.

      Since that night the pure Virgin had transfigured in different spiritual views in front of thousands and ten of thousands of masses, Egyptian and foreigners, Christians and non-christians, men, women and children. Spiritual beings formed like doves would appear before, during and after the transfiguration zooming through the sky in a way raising the human from a materialistic to a heavenly atmosphere. This transfiguration was in different forms. One of the most significant ways this apparition took place was that; the head of St. Mary under the vail looking down as in the picture of the sad Virgin and she was looking toward the Cross and that view would stay like this at times or slowly bow before the Cross at other times. The Cross itself will shine and illuminate although it was made of concrete. And some times an angel would appear standing behind her spreading his wings. That view might stay as long as many hours. Another view was the view of the Mother of Light standing as a great Queen in a beautiful spiritual portrait radiating dignity, elegance and beauty. On her head was a crown of a queen as if it were made of diamonds and some times there appeared on the top of the crown a small luminous cross. And some times she appeared in the same way but carrying Christ, to Him is the Glory, in the form of a child on her hand and on His head a crown. And on other times she raised her both hands as She was blessing the world moving to the right, to the front, and to the left in a dignified way.

      Many spiritual signs appeared before, during, and after the apparition of the Virgin the mother of the Lord's transfiguration. The appearance of tongues of yellowish flame would flash over the church and then subside and that repeated several times. Another form of the signs were the spiritual beings formed like doves, larger than the doves that we know, appear about midnight or after, flying in the middle of darkness illuminating in a fast speed, appeared suddenly from no where, and also disappeared suddenly. These spiritual beings appeared in different formations and in varying numbers. A fact we should be aware of that pigeons do not fly during the night. Another sign was the shooting stars which were constantly falling and were seen very close to the apparition on many occasions as if coming down to glorify her from heaven. Another sign was the fragrance of incense. The smoke of the incense poured out of the domes in large quantities. Substance resembling clouds, thick fog or smoke would roll in toward the church and completely cover the church. Also the illuminated cloud that appeared over the domes of the church in large volume and often proceeded the transfiguration of the Virgin or at times the cloud slowly formed in the shape of the virgin. Sometimes the apparition of the Virgin would appear from the clouds. This transfiguration and all the spiritual signs were a forerunner and announcement for serious or important events to come in the near and far future. Or it might be a spiritual gesture from heaven to indicate the Lord's caring for His church and His people and our country.

May the mercy of God be upon us all. May the Lord keep His people and church in peace, with the intercession of Our Lady and the pride of our race the pure Virgin St. Mary. Amen.

Departure of Anba Macarius, the Fifty-Ninth Pope of Alexandria

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On this day also of the year 668 A.M. (May 20th. 952 A.D.) St. Macarius the fifty ninth Pope of Alexandria, departed. He was born in the city of Shoubra. He rejected the world since his youth and he desired the monastic life. He went to the monastery of St. Macarius at the wilderness of Sheahat (Scetis). He lived in virtues and good conduct made him worthy to be chosen a Patriarch, and a successor for Pope Cosma. He was enthroned on the first of Baramouda 648 A.M. (March 27th. 932 A.D.). When he went forth from Alexandria going to visit the monasteries in the desert of Scetis according to the custom of his predecessors, he passed by his home town to visit his mother who was a righteous woman. When his mother heard that he had arrived she did not go out to meet him. When he had come to the house, he found her sitting down weaving and she did not greet him or paid attention to him. He thought that she did not know him. He told her: "Don't you know that I am your son Macarius who was elevated to a great position and became a head for a great nation?" She answered him with tears in her eyes: "I did not ignore you and I know what became of you, but I would have rather seen you dead than seen you as a Patriarch. Before, you were responsible only for your own soul but now your are responsible about the souls of all your flock: Now remember you are in danger and it is difficult to escape it." She said that and went on weaving as she did before. The father the Patriarch left her sad, and attended to his office with delegant and care. He instructed his people with preaching and sermons. He did not touch any of the church revenue, and did not lay his hand on any one without people consent. He commanded the bishops and the priests to watch their flock and to protect them with homilies and admonitions. He sat on the throne of St. Mark twenty years in peace and tranquility, then departed in peace.

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

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Divine Liturgy Psalm & Gospel

From the Psalms of our father David the prophet and the king, may his blessings be with us all. Amen.

Psalms 9 : 13 - 14

13Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.

Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord. Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, unto Him be the glory forever, Amen.

Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel. A reading from the Holy Gospel according to our teacher Saint John the Evangelist. May His Blessings be with us all. Amen.

John 6 : 47 - 71

47Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
48I am the bread of life.
49Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.
51I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."
52The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?"
53Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
54Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
56He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
57As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
58This is the bread which came down from heaven--not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."
59These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?"
61When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, "Does this offend you?
62What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?
63It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
64But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.
65And He said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father."
66From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
67Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?"
68But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
70Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"
71He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

Glory be to God forever.

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