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Readings for Tuesday, Abib 22

Vespers

Vespers Psalm

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

Psalms 4:6-8

Chapter 4
 6 
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good?
LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
 7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:
for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

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
 24 
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels;
and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
 28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

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 5:11-12

Chapter 5
 11 
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:
let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:
let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
 12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous;
with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

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 Matthew the Evangelist.
May His Blessings be with us all.

Matthew 10:34-42

Chapter 10
 34 
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:
I came not to send peace, but a sword.
 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
 36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me:
and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it:
and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
 40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward;
and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

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 Romans .
May his blessings be upon us.
Amen.

Romans 8:18-30

Chapter 8
 18 
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
 24 For we are saved by hope:
but hope that is seen is not hope:
for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:
and whom he called, them he also justified:
and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

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 19:23-41

Chapter 19
 23 
And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.
 24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
 25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
 26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
 27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought;
but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
 28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
 29 And the whole city was filled with confusion:
and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
 30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
 31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.
 32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another:
for the assembly was confused:
and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
 33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.
 34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
 35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
 36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
 37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
 38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies:
let them implead one another.
 39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
 40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.
 41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

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

Abib 22, 1730

Day 22 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Abib, 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.

Commemoration of the Martyrdom of St. Macarius, the Son of Basilides (Wasilides) the Minister

Commemoration of the Martyrdom of St. Macarius, the Son of Basilides (Wasilides) the Minister
On this day, the great St. Macarius, the son of Basilidis the Chancellor, was martyred. When the messengers reviewed the order of Emperor Diocletian, which dictates the worship of idols, with Macarius, he did not heed them. When the Emperor knew that, he sent Macarius to the governor of Alexandria. He bid farewell to his mother, and asked her to care for the poor and the needy, then he went with the envoy. The Lord Christ appeared to him in a vision, encouraged him, and told him what would happen to him. When he arrived to the city of Alexandria, he stood before Armanius the governor, who deceitfully treated him well because he knew that he was the son of Basilidis the Chancellor. When Macarius did not change his counsel, the governor tortured him with all kinds of torture. While he was being tortured, his soul was taken up to heaven and he saw the habitations of the saints. Afterwards, the governor sent him to Nikios where he was tortured again. They cut off his tongue and arms and placed hot nails in his sides. God wrought many miracles on his hands. Among these was a procession, in which a dead man passed by him. The saint asked the Lord Christ to reveal His glory, and the man rose from the dead instantly. The man told the people around him of what he saw in Hades, and that Christ is the Lord of all. Many believed, and they were beheaded and received the crown of martyrdom. It happened that Arianus the governor of Antinoe (Ansena) was present in Alexandria, who took the saint with him on his way back to Ansena. When he arrived in Shatanouf (Setnuf, Pshati), the ship stopped and they could not move it again. The governor ordered the soldiers to disembark the saint, where they cut-off his head. Thus, he finished his strife and received the crown of martyrdom. When the righteous emperor Constantine reigned, he sent the commander Eulogius with an order to open the churches, renovate the fallen ones, and to destroy the pagan temples. The Saint appeared to him in a vision and told him about the place of his body. He went to the place and brought out the body, built a church after his name, and placed the body in it. God performed many miracles through the body of St. Macarius.
May his prayers be with us, Amen.

Commemoration of the Martyrdom of St. Leontius of Tripoli (Lawendius)

Commemoration of the Martyrdom of St. Leontius of Tripoli (Lawendius)
Also on this day, St. Leontius of Tripoli (Lawendius), was martyred. He was born in Tripoli to Christian parents. He was handsome, perfect in his conduct, and gentle in his relationships. He read continuously the Holy Scriptures, especially the book of Psalms until he memorized it. When he enlisted in the army, he preached to his fellow soldiers, and demonstrated to them the corruption of idol worshipping. He advised them to refrain from its worship, some of them followed his advice while others were enticed by the devil and informed the commander that Leontius despised the idols, and was preaching that Christ was the true God. The commander brought him to investigate the matter. The Saint answered the commander with the saying of St. Paul: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? (Romans 8:35) The commander became enraged, and he threw the saint in prison. The next day, he brought him back, and asked him, With what power do you dare to disobey the Emperor, and to drive the people away from worshipping the gods? The Saint answered, Truly I desire that all people come to the obedience of Christ. You too will inherit the Eternal Kingdom, if you abandon your error, and worship Christ. The commander ordered him to be beaten until his blood poured out on the ground, while the saint was praising God and glorifying His name. One of the soldiers sympathized with him, and came close to him, saying, I greatly sympathize with you, therefore I want you to sacrifice to the gods, so you will be pardoned. The Saint cried out at him saying, Go away from me Satan. The commander increased his torture until he delivered up his pure spirit while he was in prison. A rich believing woman came, gave money to the soldiers and to the prison guard, and took the body. She wrapped it in a golden shroud, and put him in a coffin inside her home, until the end of the time of persecution.
May his prayers be with us 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 68:35,3

 35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places:
the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.
 3 But let the righteous be glad;
let them rejoice before God:
yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

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 12:4-12

Chapter 12
 4 
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
 5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:
Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell;
yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
 7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore:
ye are of more value than many sparrows.
 8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
 9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:
but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
 11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
 12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

And Glory be to God forever.


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