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Readings for Saturday, Babah 15

Vespers

Vespers Psalm

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

Psalms 18:34-39

Chapter 18
 34 
He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
 35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
 36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
 37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them:
neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
 38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise:
they are fallen under my feet.
 39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle:
thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

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 10:16-23

Chapter 10
 16 
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:
be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
 17 But beware of men:
for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak:
for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
 21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child:
and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
 22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:
but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another:
for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

And Glory be to God forever


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Matins

Matins Psalm

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

Psalms 45:3,6

 3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
 6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

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.

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 7:11-17

Chapter 7
 11 
And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain;
and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow:
and much people of the city was with her.
 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
 14 And he came and touched the bier:
and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
 16 And there came a fear on all:
and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us;
and, That God hath visited his people.
 17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.

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 Timothy .
May his blessings be upon us.
Amen.

2 Timothy 2:3-15

Chapter 2
 3 
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;
that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
 6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
 7 Consider what I say;
and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
 8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
 9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds;
but the word of God is not bound.
 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
 11 It is a faithful saying:
For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:
if we deny him, he also will deny us:
 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful:
he cannot deny himself.
 14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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 3:8-15

Chapter 3
 8 
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing:
but contrariwise blessing;
knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good;
let him seek peace, and ensue it.
 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:
but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
 13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of 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.
Amen.


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Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of our fathers the apostles, may their blessings be with us.

Acts 27:42-28:6

Chapter 27
 42 
And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.
 43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose;
and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:
 44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
Chapter 28
 1 
And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
 2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness:
for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
 3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
 4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
 5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
 6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly:
but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a 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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Coptic Synaxarium

Babah 15, 1731

Day 15 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Babah, 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.
Amen.

Martyrdom of St. Bandlaemon, the Physician

Martyrdom of St. Bandlaemon, the Physician On this day of the year 405 A.D., St. Bandlaemon, who was from the city of Nicomedia, was martyred. His father worshipped idols but his mother was a Christian. They educated him well and taught him the profession of medicine. He met a priest whose name was Armolas who taught him the facts of the faith of the Lord Christ and baptized him. He reached a high standard of virtuous life. God wrought great wonders through him. Once, a blind man came to him to be treated by his medicine. He made the sign of the Cross over his eyes in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and his eyes were healed and he regained his vision completely. When the Emperor heard the news of his healing this blind man, he had the blind man brought to him and asked him about how his eyes were healed. He told him St. Bandlaemon healed them by laying his hand on them and by saying, In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. He confessed before the Emperor that he was a Christian, so the Emperor immediately had his neck cut off. The Emperor ordered that St. Bandlaemon be brought to him and asked him about his belief. He confessed that he was a Christian. He tried to persuade him by all means and promised him many things, but he would not change his confession. Then he shouted out to him and threatened to inflict upon him different kinds of tortures. But he did not move. The Emperor inflicted upon him severe tortures on different days, sometimes beating and suspending him and often times casting him into the sea or into the fire. The Lord Christ appeared to him in the form of Armolas, the priest who baptized him and taught him the facts of faith, to strengthen him, and walked with him as if He was sharing with him every punishment which befell him. Later on, the Emperor ordered to behead him. When St. Bandlaemon went to the place of execution, he prayed to the Lord Christ and supplicated Him. He heard a voice from heaven announcing to him what had been prepared for him from heavenly joy. The soldiers also heard that voice and immediately believed. They went forth to the Emperor and confessed their faith in the Lord Christ. The Emperor ordered his men to cut off their necks, too, and they all received the crown of martyrdom.May his prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be to God forever. Amen


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Divine Liturgy

Divine Psalm

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

Psalms 91:13,11

 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

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.

Divine 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 10:21-24

Chapter 10
 21 
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:
even so, Father;
for so it seemed good in thy sight.
 22 All things are delivered to me of my Father:
and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father;
and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
 23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
 24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them;
and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

And Glory be to God forever.


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