Saint Barsawmo Syriac Orthodox Church

Third of the Latter Sundays of Easter

1st. Reading: James 5:7-13

7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 

8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 

9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 

10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 

11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. 

12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes,” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment. 

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.

2nd. Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:15-23

15 And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit– 

16 to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea.

17 Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? 

18 But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. 

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us–by me, Silvanus, and Timothy–was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 

20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 

21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 

22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 

23 Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth.

Gospel: Luke 14:14-23

14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 

15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 

16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 

17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 

18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 

19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’

20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’

21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 

22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 

23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

الأحد الثالث من الآحاد الأخيرة للقيامة

 القرائة الأولى : يعقوب 5 : 7 – 13

7 فَتَأَنَّوْا أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ إِلَى مَجِيءِ الرَّبِّ. هُوَذَا الْفَلاَحُ يَنْتَظِرُ ثَمَرَ الأَرْضِ الثَّمِينَ، مُتَأَنِّيًا عَلَيْهِ حَتَّى يَنَالَ الْمَطَرَ الْمُبَكِّرَ وَالْمُتَأَخِّرَ.

8 فَتَأَنَّوْا أَنْتُمْ وَثَبِّتُوا قُلُوبَكُمْ، لأَنَّ مَجِيءَ الرَّبِّ قَدِ اقْتَرَبَ.

9 لاَ يَئِنَّ بَعْضُكُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ لِئَلاَّ تُدَانُوا. هُوَذَا الدَّيَّانُ وَاقِفٌ قُدَّامَ الْبَابِ.

10 خُذُوا يَا إِخْوَتِي مِثَالاً لاحْتِمَالِ الْمَشَقَّاتِ وَالأَنَاةِ: الأَنْبِيَاءَ الَّذِينَ تَكَلَّمُوا بِاسْمِ الرَّبِّ.

11 هَا نَحْنُ نُطَوِّبُ الصَّابِرِينَ. قَدْ سَمِعْتُمْ بِصَبْرِ أَيُّوبَ وَرَأَيْتُمْ عَاقِبَةَ الرَّبِّ. لأَنَّ الرَّبَّ كَثِيرُ الرَّحْمَةِ وَرَؤُوفٌ.

12 وَلكِنْ قَبْلَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ يَا إِخْوَتِي، لاَ تَحْلِفُوا، لاَ بِالسَّمَاءِ، وَلاَ بِالأَرْضِ، وَلاَ بِقَسَمٍ آخَرَ. بَلْ لِتَكُنْ نَعَمْكُمْ نَعَمْ، وَلاَكُمْ لاَ، لِئَلاَّ تَقَعُوا تَحْتَ دَيْنُونَةٍ.

13 أَعَلَى أَحَدٍ بَيْنَكُمْ مَشَقَّاتٌ؟ فَلْيُصَلِّ. أَمَسْرُورٌ أَحَدٌ؟ فَلْيُرَتِّلْ.

 القرائة الثانية : 2 كورنثوس 1 : 15 –  23

15 وَبِهذِهِ الثِّقَةِ كُنْتُ أَشَاءُ أَنْ آتِيَ إِلَيْكُمْ أَوَّلاً، لِتَكُونَ لَكُمْ نِعْمَةٌ ثَانِيَةٌ.

16 وَأَنْ أَمُرَّ بِكُمْ إِلَى مَكِدُونِيَّةَ، وَآتِيَ أَيْضًا مِنْ مَكِدُونِيَّةَ إِلَيْكُمْ، وَأُشَيَّعَ مِنْكُمْ إِلَى الْيَهُودِيَّةِ.

17 فَإِذْ أَنَا عَازِمٌ عَلَى هذَا، أَلَعَلِّي اسْتَعْمَلْتُ الْخِفَّةَ؟ أَمْ أَعْزِمُ عَلَى مَا أَعْزِمُ بِحَسَبِ الْجَسَدِ، كَيْ يَكُونَ عِنْدِي نَعَمْ نَعَمْ وَلاَ لاَ؟

18 لكِنْ أَمِينٌ هُوَ اللهُ إِنَّ كَلاَمَنَا لَكُمْ لَمْ يَكُنْ نَعَمْ وَلاَ.

19 لأَنَّ ابْنَ اللهِ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحَ، الَّذِي كُرِزَ بِهِ بَيْنَكُمْ بِوَاسِطَتِنَا، أَنَا وَسِلْوَانُسَ وَتِيمُوثَاوُسَ، لَمْ يَكُنْ نَعَمْ وَلاَ، بَلْ قَدْ كَانَ فِيهِ نَعَمْ.

20 لأَنْ مَهْمَا كَانَتْ مَوَاعِيدُ اللهِ فَهُوَ فِيهِ «النَّعَمْ» وَفِيهِ «الآمِينُ»، لِمَجْدِ اللهِ، بِوَاسِطَتِنَا.

21 وَلكِنَّ الَّذِي يُثَبِّتُنَا مَعَكُمْ فِي الْمَسِيحِ، وَقَدْ مَسَحَنَا، هُوَ اللهُ

22 الَّذِي خَتَمَنَا أَيْضًا، وَأَعْطَى عَرْبُونَ الرُّوحِ فِي قُلُوبِنَا.

23 وَلكِنِّي أَسْتَشْهِدُ اللهَ عَلَى نَفْسِي، أَنِّي إِشْفَاقًا عَلَيْكُمْ لَمْ آتِ إِلَى كُورِنْثُوسَ.

أنجيل لوقا 14 : 14 – 23

14 فَيَكُونَ لَكَ الطُّوبَى إِذْ لَيْسَ لَهُمْ حَتَّى يُكَافُوكَ، لأَنَّكَ تُكَافَى فِي قِيَامَةِ الأَبْرَارِ».

15 فَلَمَّا سَمِعَ ذلِكَ وَاحِدٌ مِنَ الْمُتَّكِئِينَ قَالَ لَهُ: «طُوبَى لِمَنْ يَأْكُلُ خُبْزًا فِي مَلَكُوتِ اللهِ».

16 فَقَالَ لَهُ: «إِنْسَانٌ صَنَعَ عَشَاءً عَظِيمًا وَدَعَا كَثِيرِينَ،

17 وَأَرْسَلَ عَبْدَهُ فِي سَاعَةِ الْعَشَاءِ لِيَقُولَ لِلْمَدْعُوِّينَ: تَعَالَوْا لأَنَّ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ قَدْ أُعِدَّ.

18 فَابْتَدَأَ الْجَمِيعُ بِرَأْيٍ وَاحِدٍ يَسْتَعْفُونَ. قَالَ لَهُ الأَوَّلُ: إِنِّي اشْتَرَيْتُ حَقْلاً، وَأَنَا مُضْطَرٌّ أَنْ أَخْرُجَ وَأَنْظُرَهُ. أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تُعْفِيَنِي.

19 وَقَالَ آخَرُ: إِنِّي اشْتَرَيْتُ خَمْسَةَ أَزْوَاجِ بَقَرٍ، وَأَنَا مَاضٍ لأَمْتَحِنَهَا. أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تُعْفِيَنِي.

20 وَقَالَ آخَرُ: إِنِّي تَزَوَّجْتُ بِامْرَأَةٍ، فَلِذلِكَ لاَ أَقْدِرُ أَنْ أَجِيءَ.

21 فَأَتَى ذلِكَ الْعَبْدُ وَأَخْبَرَ سَيِّدَهُ بِذلِكَ. حِينَئِذٍ غَضِبَ رَبُّ الْبَيْتِ، وَقَالَ لِعَبْدِهِ: اخْرُجْ عَاجِلاً إِلَى شَوَارِعِ الْمَدِينَةِ وَأَزِقَّتِهَا، وَأَدْخِلْ إِلَى هُنَا الْمَسَاكِينَ وَالْجُدْعَ وَالْعُرْجَ وَالْعُمْيَ.

22 فَقَالَ الْعَبْدُ: يَا سَيِّدُ، قَدْ صَارَ كَمَا أَمَرْتَ، وَيُوجَدُ أَيْضًا مَكَانٌ.

23 فَقَالَ السَّيِّدُ لِلْعَبْدِ: اخْرُجْ إِلَى الطُّرُقِ وَالسِّيَاجَاتِ وَأَلْزِمْهُمْ بِالدُّخُولِ حَتَّى يَمْتَلِئَ بَيْتِي،

Fourth of the Middle Sundays of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 26: 24-32

24 Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!”

25 But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.

26 For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner.

27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”

30 When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those who sat with them;

31 and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, “This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.”

32 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

2nd. Reading: 1Corinthians 5: 1-11

1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles–that a man has his father’s wife!

2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.

3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.

4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.

10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.

11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner–not even to eat with such a person.

Gospel: Luke 9: 10-17

10 And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.

11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.

12 When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”

13 But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.”

14 For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.”

15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.

16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.

17 So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.

الأحد الرابع من الآحاد المتوسطة للقيامة

أعمال 26 : 24 – 32

  24 وَبَيْنَمَا هُوَ يَحْتَجُّ بِهذَا، قَالَ فَسْتُوسُ بِصَوْتٍ عَظِيمٍ: “أَنْتَ تَهْذِي يَا بُولُسُ! الْكُتُبُ الْكَثِيرَةُ تُحَوِّلُكَ إِلَى الْهَذَيَانِ”!

25 فَقَالَ: “لَسْتُ أَهْذِي أَيُّهَا الْعَزِيزُ فَسْتُوسُ، بَلْ أَنْطِقُ بِكَلِمَاتِ الصِّدْقِ وَالصَّحْوِ.

26 لأَنَّهُ مِنْ جِهَةِ هذِهِ الأُمُورِ، عَالِمٌ الْمَلِكُ الَّذِي أُكَلِّمُهُ جِهَارًا، إِذْ أَنَا لَسْتُ أُصَدِّقُ أَنْ يَخْفَى عَلَيْهِ شَيْءٌ مِنْ ذلِكَ، لأَنَّ هذَا لَمْ يُفْعَلْ فِي زَاوِيَةٍ.

27 أَتُؤْمِنُ أَيُّهَا الْمَلِكُ أَغْرِيبَاسُ بِالأَنْبِيَاءِ؟ أَنَا أَعْلَمُ أَنَّكَ تُؤْمِنُ“.

28 فَقَالَ أَغْرِيبَاسُ لِبُولُسَ: “بِقَلِيل تُقْنِعُنِي أَنْ أَصِيرَ مَسِيحِيًّا.

29 فَقَالَ بُولُسُ: “كُنْتُ أُصَلِّي إِلَى اللهِ أَنَّهُ بِقَلِيل وَبِكَثِيرٍ، لَيْسَ أَنْتَ فَقَطْ، بَلْ أَيْضًا جَمِيعُ الَّذِينَ يَسْمَعُونَنِي الْيَوْمَ، يَصِيرُونَ هكَذَا كَمَا أَنَا، مَا خَلاَ هذِهِ الْقُيُودَ.

30 فَلَمَّا قَالَ هذَا قَامَ الْمَلِكُ وَالْوَالِي وَبَرْنِيكِي وَالْجَالِسُونَ مَعَهُمْ،

31 وَانْصَرَفُوا وَهُمْ يُكَلِّمُونَ بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضًا قَائِلِينَ: “إِنَّ هذَا الإِنْسَانَ لَيْسَ يَفْعَلُ شَيْئًا يَسْتَحِقُّ الْمَوْتَ أَوِ الْقُيُودَ.

32 وَقَالَ أَغْرِيبَاسُ لِفَسْتُوسَ: “كَانَ يُمْكِنُ أَنْ يُطْلَقَ هذَا الإِنْسَانُ لَوْ لَمْ يَكُنْ قَدْ رَفَعَ دَعْوَاهُ إِلَى قَيْصَرَ.

1 كورونثوس 5: 1 – 11

1 بُولُسُ، الْمَدْعُوُّ رَسُولاً لِيَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ بِمَشِيئَةِ اللهِ، وَسُوسْتَانِيسُ الأَخُ،

2 إِلَى كَنِيسَةِ اللهِ الَّتِي فِي كُورِنْثُوسَ، الْمُقَدَّسِينَ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ، الْمَدْعُوِّينَ قِدِّيسِينَ مَعَ جَمِيعِ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ بِاسْمِ رَبِّنَا يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ فِي كُلِّ مَكَانٍ، لَهُمْ وَلَنَا:

3 نِعْمَةٌ لَكُمْ وَسَلاَمٌ مِنَ اللهِ أَبِينَا وَالرَّبِّ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ.

4 أَشْكُرُ إِلهِي فِي كُلِّ حِينٍ مِنْ جِهَتِكُمْ عَلَى نِعْمَةِ اللهِ الْمُعْطَاةِ لَكُمْ فِي يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ،

5 أَنَّكُمْ فِي كُلِّ شَيْءٍ اسْتَغْنَيْتُمْ فِيهِ فِي كُلِّ كَلِمَةٍ وَكُلِّ عِلْمٍ،

6 كَمَا ثُبِّتَتْ فِيكُمْ شَهَادَةُ الْمَسِيحِ،

7 حَتَّى إِنَّكُمْ لَسْتُمْ نَاقِصِينَ فِي مَوْهِبَةٍ مَا، وَأَنْتُمْ مُتَوَقِّعُونَ اسْتِعْلاَنَ رَبِّنَا يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ،

8 الَّذِي سَيُثْبِتُكُمْ أَيْضًا إِلَى النِّهَايَةِ بِلاَ لَوْمٍ فِي يَوْمِ رَبِّنَا يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ.

9 أَمِينٌ هُوَ اللهُ الَّذِي بِهِ دُعِيتُمْ إِلَى شَرِكَةِ ابْنِهِ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ رَبِّنَا.

10 وَلكِنَّنِي أَطْلُبُ إِلَيْكُمْ أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ، بِاسْمِ رَبِّنَا يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ، أَنْ تَقُولُوا جَمِيعُكُمْ قَوْلاً وَاحِدًا، وَلاَ يَكُونَ بَيْنَكُمُ انْشِقَاقَاتٌ، بَلْ كُونُوا كَامِلِينَ فِي فِكْرٍ وَاحِدٍ وَرَأْيٍ وَاحِدٍ،

11 لأَنِّي أُخْبِرْتُ عَنْكُمْ يَا إِخْوَتِي مِنْ أَهْلِ خُلُوِي أَنَّ بَيْنَكُمْ خُصُومَاتٍ.

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 10 وَلَمَّا رَجَعَ الرُّسُلُ أَخْبَرُوهُ بِجَمِيعِ مَا فَعَلُوا، فَأَخَذَهُمْ وَانْصَرَفَ مُنْفَرِدًا إِلَى مَوْضِعٍ خَلاَءٍ لِمَدِينَةٍ تُسَمَّى بَيْتَ صَيْدَا.

11 فَالْجُمُوعُ إِذْ عَلِمُوا تَبِعُوهُ، فَقَبِلَهُمْ وَكَلَّمَهُمْ عَنْ مَلَكُوتِ اللهِ، وَالْمُحْتَاجُونَ إِلَى الشِّفَاءِ شَفَاهُمْ.

12 فَابْتَدَأَ النَّهَارُ يَمِيلُ. فَتَقَدَّمَ الاثْنَا عَشَرَ وَقَالُوا لَهُ: “اصْرِفِ الْجَمْعَ لِيَذْهَبُوا إِلَى الْقُرَى وَالضِّيَاعِ حَوَالَيْنَا فَيَبِيتُوا وَيَجِدُوا طَعَامًا، لأَنَّنَا ههُنَا فِي مَوْضِعٍ خَلاَءٍ”.

13 فَقَالَ لَهُمْ: “أَعْطُوهُمْ أَنْتُمْ لِيَأْكُلُوا”. فَقَالُوا: “لَيْسَ عِنْدَنَا أَكْثَرُ مِنْ خَمْسَةِ أَرْغِفَةٍ وَسَمَكَتَيْنِ، إِلاَّ أَنْ نَذْهَبَ وَنَبْتَاعَ طَعَامًا لِهذَا الشَّعْبِ كُلِّهِ”.

14 لأَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا نَحْوَ خَمْسَةِ آلاَفِ رَجُل. فَقَالَ لِتَلاَمِيذِهِ: “أَتْكِئُوهُمْ فِرَقًا خَمْسِينَ خَمْسِينَ”.

15 فَفَعَلُوا هكَذَا، وَأَتْكَأُوا الْجَمِيعَ.

16 فَأَخَذَ الأَرْغِفَةَ الْخَمْسَةَ وَالسَّمَكَتَيْنِ، وَرَفَعَ نَظَرَهُ نَحْوَ السَّمَاءِ وَبَارَكَهُنَّ، ثُمَّ كَسَّرَ وَأَعْطَى التَّلاَمِيذَ لِيُقَدِّمُوا لِلْجَمْعِ.

17 فَأَكَلُوا وَشَبِعُوا جَمِيعًا. ثُمَّ رُفِعَ مَا فَضَلَ عَنْهُمْ مِنَ الْكِسَرِ اثْنَتَا عَشْرَةَ قُفَّةً.


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Sayings of the Saints

The Human being is formed of a body and a soul. If he does not feed the body with bread, he will not live. The same applies to the soul, if it is not fed with prayer and spiritual knowledge, then it is dead.
الانسان مكوّن من جسد ونفس ، ان لم يتغذى الجسد بالخبز فلن يعيش، كذلك النفس ان لم تتغذى بالصلاة والمعرفة الروحانية فهي مائتة

— القديس مار افرام السرياني Saint Ephraim the Syrian
October 2016
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