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  • Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Feast of Resurrection


    Let us rejoice! The day is here! Christ suffered with us so that we would be glorified together with Him. He gives His same glory even though we do not deserve it. We would not have been able to bear the death of self without His encouragement and example. Without Him we would never be here, but now He gives us His glory! It is the glory of the new man being created in us. We may not see it yet, but must believe that the faithfulness of our God is like no other. Praise Him!

    How can I sustain the glory of the new man throughout these upcoming glorious 50 days?

    My glorious King,

    I praise you for Your gift of resurrection and for deeming me worthy to be a partaker in Your glory. Although I do not even deserve to be Your servant, you elevate me to be one with You and exalt me as You exalted Your own Son in His resurrection. I pray that I would grow the new man You planted inside of me and allow Your nature to consume my heart, soul, and mind. Continue to crush the enemy under my feet, and give me the grace to be faithful to You as You are always faithful to me. To You be the glory forever. Amen.

    Readings for the Feast of Resurrection

    Matins

    Psalm

    Psalm 78:65 ; Psalm 78:69 [Arabic]

    Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, 
    Like a mighty man who shouts because of wine. 
    And He built His sanctuary like the heights, 
    Like the earth which He has established forever.
     

    Gospel

    Mk 16:2-11 [Arabic]

    Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away--for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 

    But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples--and Peter--that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you." 

    So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. 

    Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

     

    Liturgy

    Pauline Epistle

    1Cor 15:23-49 [Arabic]

    But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. 

    Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" 

    Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 

    But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?" Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain--perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. 

    All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. 

    There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. 

    So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 

    However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

     

    Catholic Epistle

    1Pet 3:15-end ; 1Pet 4:1-6 [Arabic]

    But 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; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

    Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles--when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

     

    Acts

    Acts 2:22-35 [Arabic]

    "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know-- Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. For David says concerning Him: 
            "I foresaw the LORD always before my face, 
            For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. 
            Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; 
            Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. 
            For You will not leave my soul in Hades, 
            Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 
            You have made known to me the ways of life; 
            You will make me full of joy in Your presence.' 

    "Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. 

    "For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: 
            "The LORD said to my Lord, 
            "Sit at My right hand, 
            Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."'

     

    Synaxarium

     The Departure of St. Alexander, Bishop of Jerusalem.
     The Commemoration of St. Antonios, Bishop of Tamoui.

     

    Psalm

    Psalm 118:24 ; Psalm 118:25 ; Psalm 118:27 [Arabic]

    This is the day the LORD has made; 
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.
    Save now, I pray, O LORD; 
    O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.
    God is the LORD, 
    And He has given us light;

     

    Gospel

    Jn 20:1-18 [Arabic]

    Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him." 

    Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. 

    But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" 

    She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." 

    Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" 

    She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 

    Jesus said to her, "Mary!" 

    She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" which is to say, Teacher. 

    Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, "I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God."' 

    Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.


  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Bright Saturday


    Happy is he who is indeed free. The Son of God alone can make us free. But He can only do it by breaking every bond that holds us. And how is this to be done? By that sword which divides husband and wife, father and son, brother and sister. The world is then no longer of any account. But as long as the world is anything to us, our freedom exists only in word. And we are as easily captured as a bird whose leg is fastened by a thread. He seems to be free, for the string is barely visible. Yet, he can only fly its length, and he is a prisoner.

    Am I ready to accept Christ’s freedom, or am I still too attached to this world? How can I become aware that as long as I am dependent on the world, I am a slave and a prisoner?

    Dear Lord,

                I thank You for liberating me from the bondage of Hades through Your death. I know that accepting this gift of freedom means I must be able to bear the painful destruction of the bonds that are holding me. I am scared, but I know You are enabling me to endure this pain, and if I endure to the end, I will be resurrected with You and given a new life in Christ. Amen.

    Listen to Bright Saturday readings

    Listen to Feast of the Resurrection readings 

    Readings for Bright Saturday of the Holy Pascha

    The First Hour

    Isaiah 55:2-13

    1 Corinthians 5:7-13

    Psalms 87:4, 43:24,27, 125:3-4

    Matthew 27:62-66

     

    The Third Hour

    Jeremiah 13:15-22

    Psalm 15:10-11

    Matthew 16:24-28

     

    The Sixth Hour

    Isaiah 50:10-51:8

    Psalm 129:1, 141:10

    Matthew 5:3-12

     

    The Book of Revelation

     

    The Ninth Hour

    Isaiah 45:15-20

    Jeremiah 31:31-34

    Psalm 40:10,5

    John 5:21-30

     

    The Divine Liturgy

    1 Corinthians 15:1-2

    1 Peter 1:1-9

    Acts 3:12-21

    Psalms 3:5,3, 81:8

    Matthew 18:1-20

     

    Distribution/Closing of Service

    Psalm 67:1

    Luke 24:1-12

     

    Readings for the Holy Feast of the Resurrection

    Matins

    Deuteronomy 32:39-43

    Isaiah 60:1-8, 42:5-17, 49:13-23

    Jeremiah 31:23-28

    Habakkuk 3:2-19

    Zechariah 2:10-13

    Isaiah 49:6-11

    Wisdom of Solomon 5:1-7

    Psalm 77:70,74

    Mark 16:2-11

     

    Liturgy

    1 Corinthians 15:23-50

    1 Peter 3:15-22

    Acts 2:22-28

    Psalm 117:24-26

    John 20:1-18

  • Friday, April 18, 2014 - Good Friday of the Holy Pascha

     

    God loves you since He does not spare you. Rather, He lays upon you the cross of Jesus Christ. Whatever light­­­—whatever feeling we may possess—is all a delusion, unless it leads to the real and constant practice of dying to self. We cannot die without suffering. Neither can we be said to be dead while there is still any part in us that is alive.

    How have I responded to the suffering I have experienced? How can I take joy in sharing in the sufferings of my Lord?

    Dear Jesus,

                Your love is so beautiful. Not only did You die for me, but You gave me the chance to die with You so I can be united with You and be purified. Help me accept that I cannot reach You without enduring through suffering and ultimately death. Give me the grace to carry on, remembering that this death is all out of Your great love for me. Amen.

    Listen to Day of Good Friday readings

    Readings for Day of Good Friday of the Holy Pascha

    The First Hour - Commemoration of the trial

    Deuteronomy 8:19-9:24

    Isaiah 1:2-9, 2:10-21

    Jeremiah 22:29-23:6

    Isaiah 24:1-13

    Wisdom of Solomon 2:12-22

    Job 12:17-13:1

    Zechariah 11:11-14

    Micah 1:16-2:3, 7:1-8

    Psalms 26:14, 34:13,19

    Matthew 27:1-14

    Mark 15:1-5

    Luke 22:66-23:12

    John 18:28-40

     

    The Third Hour - Commemoration of the beating, mocking, crown of thorns

    Genesis 48:1-19

    Isaiah 50:4-9, 3:9-15, 63:1-7

    Amos 9:5,6,8,10

    Job 29:21-30:10

    Colossians 12:13-15

    Psalms 37:17,21:16

    Matthew 27:15-26

    Mark 15:6-25

    Luke 23:13-25

    John 19:1-12

     

    The Sixth Hour - Commemoration of Crucifixion

    Numbers 21:1-9

    Isaiah 53:7-12, 12:2-13:10

    Amos 8:9-12

    Galatians 6:14-18

    Psalm 21:16,17,18,7,8

    Matthew 27:27-45

    Mark 15:26-33

    Luke 23:26-44

    John 19:13-27

     

    The Ninth Hour - Commemoration of Christ’s death

    Jeremiah 11:18-12:13

    Zechariah 14:5-11

    Philippians 2:4-11

    Psalm 68:1,21

    Matthew 27:46-50

    Mark 15:34-37

    Luke 23:45-46

    John 19:28-30

     

    The Eleventh Hour - Commemoration of His coming down from the Cross

    Exodus 12:1-14

    Leviticus 23:5-12

    Galatians 3:1-6

    Psalms 142:6,7, 30:5

    Matthew 27:51-56

    Mark 15:38-41

    Luke 23:47-49

    John 19:31-37

     

    The Twelfth Hour - Burial

    Lamentations 3:1-66

    Jonah 1:10-2:7

    Psalms 87:6, 22:4, 44:5,7

    Matthew 27:57-61

    Mark 15:42-16:1

    Luke 23:50-56

    John 19:38-42

     

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