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Readings for Thursday, Babah 13


Vespers Psalm

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

Psalms 65:4-5

Chapter 65
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts:
we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
 5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation;
who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

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.

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 24:42-47

Chapter 24
Watch therefore:
for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
 44 Therefore be ye also ready:
for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

And Glory be to God forever

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Matins Psalm

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

Psalms 37:17,18,29

 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken:
but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
 18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright:
and their inheritance shall be for ever.
 29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

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.

Matins Gospel

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

Mark 13:33-37

Chapter 13
Take ye heed, watch and pray:
for ye know not when the time is.
 34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
 35 Watch ye therefore:
for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

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 Corinthians .
May his blessings be upon us.

1 Corinthians 3:4-23

Chapter 3
For while one saith, I am of Paul;
and another, I am of Apollos;
are ye not carnal?
 5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
 6 I have planted, Apollos watered;
but God gave the increase.
 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth;
but God that giveth the increase.
 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one:
and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
 9 For we are labourers together with God:
ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest:
for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire;
and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved;
yet so as by fire.
 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy;
for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
 18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
 20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
 21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's;
 22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come;
all are your's;
 23 And ye are Christ's;
and Christ is God's.

The grace of God the Father be with you all.

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Catholic Epistle

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

1 Peter 5:5-14

Chapter 5
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:
for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
 7 Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.
 8 Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
 12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
 13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you;
and so doth Marcus my son.
 14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. 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.

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Acts of the Apostles

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

Acts 18:24-19:6

Chapter 18
And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord;
and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue:
whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
 27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him:
who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:
 28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
Chapter 19
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus:
and finding certain disciples,
 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?
And they said, Unto John's baptism.
 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them;
and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty, and be confirmed, in the holy Church of God.

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Coptic Synaxarium

Babah 13, 1731

Day 13 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.

Departure of St. Zacharias, the Monk

The Departure of Saint Zacharias, the Monk On this day, St. Zacharias the monk, departed. His father's name was Karyos. He was married, but he longed for the monastic life. He told his wife about what was on his mind and she agreed to it. Karyos had a son, called Zacharias and a daughter. He left them with their mother and went to the desert of Scete and became a monk at the hands of a holy old man. Shortly after, there was a great famine in the country and the wife took the two children and came to the desert where their father Karyos was. She complained to him about the tribulation which had come upon her through the famine and handed him the children. But Karyos told her, God has divided the two children between us. You take the girl and leave the boy with me. She took her daughter and departed. Karyos took his son Zacharias and brought him to the elders who prayed over him and they prophesied that he would become a perfect monk. Zacharias was brought up well in the desert, and advanced in every virtue. Because he was exceedingly handsome and his fair look, there were many murmurs in the desert because of him and they said, How is it, a boy like that dwells in the desert among the monks? When St. Zacharias heard that, he went to lake El-Natroun (which was very salty) without telling anyone. He took off his apparel, plunged his body into the lake, and remained in it for many hours. The color of his body became black and he looked like a leper. Then he went forth from the water, put on his apparel and came to his father who did not recognize him until he had stared at him closely. When he asked him about what had changed his appearance, he told him what he had done. When it was Sunday, he went with his father to the church to partake of the Holy Mysteries. The Lord revealed to St. Isidore, the priest of Scete, what St. Zacharias had done. He marvelled and said to the monks, Zacharias received the offering last Sunday as a man, but now he has become an angel. This saint possessed many virtues, especially the virtue of humility in which he had reached such a degree of perfection that his father said about him, I have labored greatly in the fight, but I have never attained the extent of my son Zacharias. St. Zacharias lived a strenuous life and strove exceedingly hard for 45 years. When he came to the desert, he was seven years old and all the days of his life numbered 52 years, then he departed in peace.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 37:30-31

Chapter 37
The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
 31 The law of his God is in his heart;
none of his steps shall slide.

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.

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 16:1-12

Chapter 16
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward;
and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
 2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee?
give an account of thy stewardship;
for thou mayest be no longer steward.
 3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do?
for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship:
I cannot dig;
to beg I am ashamed.
 4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
 5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
 6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
 7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou?
And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
 8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely:
for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
 9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness;
that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much:
and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

And Glory be to God forever.

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