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Sunday before the Nativity of the Lord

1st. Reading: 1 John 3: 21-4:10

21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.

22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 

23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. 

24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 

2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 

3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 

5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 

6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 

8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 

9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 

10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

2nd.Reading: Galatians 1:1-12

1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),

2 and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:

3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,

7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.

12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Matthew 1: 1-18

1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 

2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 

3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 

4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 

5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 

6 and Jesse begot David the king.David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. 

7 Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. 

8 Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. 

9 Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. 

10 Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. 

11 Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. 

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. 

13Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. 

14 Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. 

15 Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. 

16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. 

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. 

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

الأحد السابق للميلاد

القرائة الأولى: 1يوحنا 3: 21– 4 : 10

21 أيها الأحباء، إن لم تلمنا قلوبنا، فلنا ثقة من نحو الله

22 ومهما سألنا ننال منه، لأننا نحفظ وصاياه، ونعمل الأعمال المرضية أمامه

23 وهذه هي وصيته: أن نؤمن باسم ابنه يسوع المسيح، ونحب بعضنا بعضا كما أعطانا وصية

24 ومن يحفظ وصاياه يثبت فيه وهو فيه. وبهذا نعرف أنه يثبت فينا: من الروح الذي أعطانا

 1 أيها الأحباء، لا تصدقوا كل روح، بل امتحنوا الأرواح: هل هي من الله؟ لأن أنبياء كذبة كثيرين قد خرجوا إلى العالم

2 بهذا تعرفون روح الله: كل روح يعترف بيسوع المسيح أنه قد جاء في الجسد فهو من الله

3 وكل روح لا يعترف بيسوع المسيح أنه قد جاء في الجسد، فليس من الله. وهذا هو روح ضد المسيح الذي سمعتم أنه يأتي، والآن هو في العالم

4 أنتم من الله أيها الأولاد، وقد غلبتموهم لأن الذي فيكم أعظم من الذي في العالم

5 هم من العالم. من أجل ذلك يتكلمون من العالم، والعالم يسمع لهم

6 نحن من الله. فمن يعرف الله يسمع لنا، ومن ليس من الله لا يسمع لنا. من هذا نعرف روح الحق وروح الضلال

7 أيها الأحباء، لنحب بعضنا بعضا، لأن المحبة هي من الله، وكل من يحب فقد ولد من الله ويعرف الله

8 ومن لا يحب لم يعرف الله، لأن الله محبة

9 بهذا أظهرت محبة الله فينا: أن الله قد أرسل ابنه الوحيد إلى العالم لكي نحيا به

10 في هذا هي المحبة: ليس أننا نحن أحببنا الله، بل أنه هو أحبنا، وأرسل ابنه كفارة لخطايانا

  القرائة الثانية : غلاطية 1: 1 -12

 1 بولس، رسول لا من الناس ولا بإنسان، بل بيسوع المسيح والله الآب الذي أقامه من الأموات

2 وجميع الإخوة الذين معي، إلى كنائس غلاطية

3 نعمة لكم وسلام من الله الآب، ومن ربنا يسوع المسيح

4 الذي بذل نفسه لأجل خطايانا، لينقذنا من العالم الحاضر الشرير حسب إرادة الله وأبينا

5 الذي له المجد إلى أبد الآبدين. آمين

6 إني أتعجب أنكم تنتقلون هكذا سريعا عن الذي دعاكم بنعمة المسيح إلى إنجيل آخر

7 ليس هو آخر، غير أنه يوجد قوم يزعجونكم ويريدون أن يحولوا إنجيل المسيح

8 ولكن إن بشرناكم نحن أو ملاك من السماء بغير ما بشرناكم، فليكن أناثيما

9 كما سبقنا فقلنا أقول الآن أيضا: إن كان أحد يبشركم بغير ما قبلتم، فليكن أناثيما

10 أفأستعطف الآن الناس أم الله؟ أم أطلب أن أرضي الناس؟ فلو كنت بعد أرضي الناس، لم أكن عبدا للمسيح

11 وأعرفكم أيها الإخوة الإنجيل الذي بشرت به، أنه ليس بحسب إنسان

12 لأني لم أقبله من عند إنسان ولا علمته. بل بإعلان يسوع المسيح

أنجيل متى :1 : 1 – 8

1 كتاب ميلاد يسوع المسيح ابن داود ابن إبراهيم

2 إبراهيم ولد إسحاق. وإسحاق ولد يعقوب. ويعقوب ولد يهوذا وإخوته

3 ويهوذا ولد فارص وزارح من ثامار. وفارص ولد حصرون. وحصرون ولد أرام

4 وأرام ولد عميناداب . وعميناداب ولد نحشون. ونحشون ولد سلمون

5 وسلمون ولد بوعز من راحاب. وبوعز ولد عوبيد من راعوث. وعوبيد ولد يسى

6 ويسى ولد داود الملك . وداود الملك ولد سليمان من التي لأوريا

7 وسليمان ولد رحبعام . ورحبعام ولد أبيا. وأبيا ولد آسا

8 وآسا ولد يهوشافاط. ويهوشافاط ولد يورام. ويورام ولد عزيا

9 وعزيا ولد يوثام. ويوثام ولد أحاز. وأحاز ولد حزقيا

10 وحزقيا ولد منسى. ومنسى ولد آمون. وآمون ولد يوشيا

11 ويوشيا ولد يكنيا وإخوته عند سبي بابل

12 وبعد سبي بابل يكنيا ولد شألتئيل. وشألتئيل ولد زربابل

13 وزربابل ولد أبيهود . وأبيهود ولد ألياقيم. وألياقيم ولد عازور

14 وعازور ولد صادوق. وصادوق ولد أخيم. وأخيم ولد أليود

15 وأليود ولد أليعازر . وأليعازر ولد متان. ومتان ولد يعقوب

16 ويعقوب ولد يوسف رجل مريم التي ولد منها يسوع الذي يدعى المسيح

17 فجميع الأجيال من إبراهيم إلى داود أربعة عشر جيلا، ومن داود إلى سبي بابل أربعة عشر جيلا، ومن سبي بابل إلى المسيح أربعة عشر جيلا

18 أما ولادة يسوع المسيح فكانت هكذا: لما كانت مريم أمه مخطوبة ليوسف، قبل أن يجتمعا، وجدت حبلى من الروح القدس

 

St. Joseph’s Revelation

1st. Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-14

1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 

2Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 

3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 

4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 

5Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 

7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 

9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 

10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 

11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 

12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand. 

13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. 

14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

2nd.Reading: Ephesians 2:19-3:9

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 

20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, 

21 in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 

22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles– 

2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 

3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 

4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 

5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 

6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 

7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. 

8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 

9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Matthew 1: 18-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 

20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 

25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sayings of the Saints

You must reserve time that you will spend with God in prayer, meditation, and in reading the Holy Bible and we suggest that the minimum time should be twenty minutes, daily and regularly.
يجب ان نخصص وقتاً نقضيه مع اللّه كل يوم في صلاة وتأمل وقراءة في الكتاب المقدس ، ونقترح أن يكون الحد الأدنى لهذا الأمر هو عشرون دقيقة كل يوم وبإنتظام.

— الأنبا انطونيوس الكبير St. Antony the Great
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