Saint Barsawmo Syriac Orthodox Church

Sunday Scripture Readings 5/31/15

Pentecost

1st Reading: Acts 19: 1-12

1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 
2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 
3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 
4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would 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 hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 
7 Now the men were about twelve in all. 
8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. 
9 But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 
10 And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. 
11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 
12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.

 2nd Reading: Ephesians 3:13-21

13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 
17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– 
19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 
21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel: John 14:15-26

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– 
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 
18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 
19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 
20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 
22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 
24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. 
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved

Ascension Of Our Lord

1st. Reading: Acts 1:1-14

1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 
2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 
3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. 
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 
5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 
7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Mein Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 
10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 
11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” 
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 
13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

2nd. Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16 

1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 
2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 
3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 
6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 
8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” 
9 (Now this, “He ascended”–what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 
10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) 
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 
12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– 
16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Gospel: Luke 24:36-53

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”
37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.
38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
41But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”
42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.
43 And He took it and ate in their presence.
44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And you are witnesses of these things.
49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.
51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
53 and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
 

 


Sayings of the Saints

This life has been given to you for repentance;
Do not waste it in vain pursuits.

— Saint Isaac of Syria
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