Tuesday 31 March 2020
22 Baramhat 1736

Readings for Tuesday of of the Great Lent


Prophecy

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

Proverbs 8 : 12 - 21

12"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion.
13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.
14Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.
15By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.
16By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth.
17I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
18Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.
19My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.
20I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,
21That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.

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 44 : 1 - 8

1"Yet hear me now, O Jacob My servant, And Israel whom I have chosen.
2Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you: "Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
3For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;
4They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.'
5One will say, "I am the LORD's'; Another will call himself by the name of Jacob; Another will write with his hand, "The LORD's,' And name himself by the name of Israel.
6"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: "I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.
7And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them.
8Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one."'

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 32 : 17 - 22

17I also will answer my part, I too will declare my opinion.
18For I am full of words; The spirit within me compels me.
19Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent; It is ready to burst like new wineskins.
20I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.
21Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone; Nor let me flatter any man.
22For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.

Job 33 : 1 - 33

1"But please, Job, hear my speech, And listen to all my words.
2Now, I open my mouth; My tongue speaks in my mouth.
3My words come from my upright heart; My lips utter pure knowledge.
4The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5If you can answer me, Set your words in order before me; Take your stand.
6Truly I am as your spokesman before God; I also have been formed out of clay.
7Surely no fear of me will terrify you, Nor will my hand be heavy on you.
8"Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words, saying,
9"I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.
10Yet He finds occasions against me, He counts me as His enemy;
11He puts my feet in the stocks, He watches all my paths.'
12"Look, in this you are not righteous. I will answer you, For God is greater than man.
13Why do you contend with Him? For He does not give an accounting of any of His words.
14For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.
15In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds,
16Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction.
17In order to turn man from his deed, And conceal pride from man,
18He keeps back his soul from the Pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.
19"Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with strong pain in many of his bones,
20So that his life abhors bread, And his soul succulent food.
21His flesh wastes away from sight, And his bones stick out which once were not seen.
22Yes, his soul draws near the Pit, And his life to the executioners.
23"If there is a messenger for him, A mediator, one among a thousand, To show man His uprightness,
24Then He is gracious to him, and says, "Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom';
25His flesh shall be young like a child's, He shall return to the days of his youth.
26He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, For He restores to man His righteousness.
27Then he looks at men and says, "I have sinned, and perverted what was right, And it did not profit me.'
28He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, And his life shall see the light.
29"Behold, God works all these things, Twice, in fact, three times with a man,
30To bring back his soul from the Pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
31"Give ear, Job, listen to me; Hold your peace, and I will speak.
32If you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33If not, listen to me; Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom."

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

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

2 Kings 5 : 1 - 27

1Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.
2And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife.
3Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy."
4And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel."
5Then the king of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.
6Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, 4 Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.
7And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me."
8So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel."
9Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha's house.
10And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean."
11But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, "Indeed, I said to myself, "He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.'
12Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage.
13And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, "Wash, and be clean'?"
14So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, "Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant."
16But he said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
17So Naaman said, "Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD.
18Yet in this thing may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon--when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the LORD please pardon your servant in this thing."
19Then he said to him, "Go in peace." So he departed from him a short distance.
20But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, "Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him."
21So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, "Is all well?"
22And he said, "All is well. My master has sent me, saying, "Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments."'
23So Naaman said, "Please, take two talents." And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him.
24When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed.
25Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, "Where did you go, Gehazi?" And he said, "Your servant did not go anywhere."
26Then he said to him, "Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants?
27Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever." And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.

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 35 : 13 - 13

13But as for me, when they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; And my prayer would return to my own heart.

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 4 : 22 - 30

22So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?"
23He said to them, "You will surely say this proverb to Me, "Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country."'
24Then He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.
25But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land;
26but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
27And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian."
28So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.
30Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.

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 Corinthians.
May his blessings be with us. Amen.

1 Corinthians 14 : 18 - 28

18I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
19yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
21In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me," says the Lord.
22Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
23Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
24But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.
25And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
26How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
27If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
28But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.

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

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Catholic Epistle

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

James 1:22-27 James 2:1-1

22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
24for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
25But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
26If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.
27Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
1My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.

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 19 : 11 - 20

11Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,
12so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.
13Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches."
14Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.
15And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?"
16Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds.
19Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

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 22 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-Second Day of the Blessed Month of Baramhat

Departure of St.Kyrellos (Cyril), Bishop of Jerusalem

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On this day of the year 386 A.D. the holy father Anba Kyrellos (Cyril), Bishop of Jerusalem, departed. This father was chosen in the year 348 A.D. as a successor for Anba Maximus, Bishop of Jerusalem, for his knowledge and righteousness. He did not stay long on his Chair, until a contention arose between him and Acacius Bishop of Caesarea about who had the right to be in primacy over the other. Kyrellos argument in that he was the successor of St. James, one of the Twelve Disciples. Anba Kyrellos had sold some of the church vessels and distributed the money on the needy because of a famine that befell the land of Palestine. Acacius took this chance and made an effort to obtain an order to exile him from the country. Anba Kyrellos was exiled without any one listening to his case. In the year 359 A.D., he appealed his case before the council of Seleucia. The council called Acacius to hear from him his argument, but he did not attend, so they judged by removing him from his office, and the return of Kyrellos to his Chair (Parish). He did not stay long for Acacius went and enticed emperor Constans to assemble a council at Constantinople and the Arian bishops agreed with him. This council convened in the year 360 A.D. and ordered to exile this saint once more. When Constans died, and was succeeded by Julian who ordered the return of all the exiled bishops to their chairs. This saint returned to his chair in the year 362 A.D. and shepherded his people faithfully and honestly, but he resisted the Arians. They went to emperor Valens the Arian who invalidated the order of his predecessor Julian stating the return of the exiled bishops to their chairs. This way St. Kyrellos was exiled for the third time, where he remained until the death of Valens in the year 379 A.D. When Theodosius the great reigned and assembled the one hundred fifty in a council against Macedonius (The second universal council), this father attended, and opposed Macedonius, Sabilius and other heretics. This Saint composed many Homilies and Exhortations, exceedingly profitable, in the Doctrines of faith and old traditions then departed in peace.

May His prayers be with us. Amen.

Departure of St.Michael, Bishop of Naqadah

      On this day also the honored father, and the unblemished bishop Anba Michael bishop of the Chair of Naqadah, departed.

With his prayers may the Lord have mercy on us, and Glory be to 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 42 : 1 - 1

1As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.

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 9 : 18 - 22

18And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"
19So they answered and said, "John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again."
20He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God."
21And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one,
22saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day."

Glory be to God forever.

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