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Monday, 20th October 2014 --- 10 Babah 1731


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Readings for Monday, 20th October 2014 --- 10 Babah 1731


Vespers

Vespers Psalm

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

Psalms 33 : 7 - 8

Chapter 33

7He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
8Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

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.
Amen.

Vespers 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 16 : 24 - 28

Chapter 16

24Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
27For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
28Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

And Glory be to God forever.


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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 18 : 10 - 20

Chapter 18

10"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
11For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
12"What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?
13And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.
14Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
15"Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
16But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that "by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'
17And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
18"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
20For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."

And Glory be to God forever.


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Liturgy

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 Hebrews .
May his blessings be upon us.
Amen.

Hebrews 2 : 5 - 18

Chapter 2

5For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.
6But one testified in a certain place, saying: "What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him?
7You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.
8You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
10For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You."
13And again: "I will put My trust in Him." And again: "Here am I and the children whom God has given Me."
14Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
15and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
17Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

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


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Catholic Epistle

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

1 Peter 1 : 3 - 12

Chapter 1

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,
7that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
8whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
9receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.
10Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you,
11searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
12To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things which angels desire to look into.

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.

Acts 10 : 21 - 33

Chapter 10

21Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, "Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?"
22And they said, "Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you."
23Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.
25As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him.
26But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I myself am also a man."
27And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together.
28Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
29Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?"
30So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31and said, "Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God.
32Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.'
33So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God."

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

The Tenth Day of the Blessed Month of Babah

Martyrdom of St.Sergius, the Companion of St.Bacchus

      On this day was the martyrdom of St.Sergius, the Companion of St.Bacchus. He was a high ranking soldier, advanced in the court of Emperor Maximianus, who showed him great favor. Because this Emperor was pagan and these two saints were people of faith, he sent them to Antiochus, King of Syria, to torture them and slay them if they did not give up their faith. Antiochus inflicted St.Bacchus with severe tortures and when he did not dissuade him from keeping to his Christianity, he ordered his men to slay him. They slayed him and cast him into the Euphrates River and the water waves brought him to the bank. The Lord sent an eagle to guard the pure body and inspired two saints to take it. They took it with respect and buried it. St.Sergius remained sorry for him until he saw in his sleep his brother Bacchus in a beautiful palace, shining brightly; so his soul was exceedingly comforted. After this, the governor commanded his men to drive nails into St.Sergius' feet, and to send him to El-Rusafa tied to the tails of the horses; his blood flowed down on the ground. On their way, they met a damsel who was a virgin, and they drank water from her. When she saw the condition the saint was in, she felt sad for him and she pitied his youth and his fine form. The saint told her, "Come, follow me to the city of El-Rusafa to take my body." And she followed him. The governor of that city was a friend of St.Sergius, and it was through him that he had this position. He tried to convince him to change his mind to save his life. And when he did not accept his advice, he ordered that his head be cut off. That virgin drew near and received the blood which flowed from his holy neck and kept in a clip of wool. But the holy body was kept until the end of the days of strife when they built a church for him at El-Rusafa. Fifteen bishops consecrated it and laid his holy body in a coffin made of marble. Those who went to be blessed witnessed that a perfumed oil distilled from his body and healed the sick.

May his prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be to God forever. Amen.


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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.
Amen.

Luke 1 : 26 - 38

Chapter 1

26Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
28And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"
29But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
30Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
34Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"
35And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
36Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.
37For with God nothing will be impossible."
38Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.


And Glory be to God forever.


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