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Fourth Sunday after Easter

1st. Reading: Acts 16:16-34

6 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 

17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 

18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. 

19But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.

20 And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; 

21 and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” 

22 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. 

23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 

24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 

25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 

26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 

28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” 

29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 

30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 

31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 

32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 

33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 

34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

2nd.Reading : Ephesians 2:4-18

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 

5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 

6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 

9not of works, lest anyone should boast. 

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. 

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh–who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands– 

12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,

15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 

16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 

17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 

18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Gospel: John 6: 47-58

47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

48 I am the bread of life. 

49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 

50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” 

52The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” 

53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 

54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 

55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 

56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 

57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 

58 This is the bread which came down from heaven–not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

القرائة الأولى : أعمال 16 : 16 – 34

  16 وَحَدَثَ بَيْنَمَا كُنَّا ذَاهِبِينَ إِلَى الصَّلاَةِ، أَنَّ جَارِيَةً بِهَا رُوحُ عِرَافَةٍ اسْتَقْبَلَتْنَا. وَكَانَتْ تُكْسِبُ مَوَالِيَهَا مَكْسَبًا كَثِيرًا بِعِرَافَتِهَا.

17 هذِهِ اتَّبَعَتْ بُولُسَ وَإِيَّانَا وَصَرَخَتْ قَائِلَةً: «هؤُلاَءِ النَّاسُ هُمْ عَبِيدُ اللهِ الْعَلِيِّ، الَّذِينَ يُنَادُونَ لَكُمْ بِطَرِيقِ الْخَلاَصِ».

18 وَكَانَتْ تَفْعَلُ هذَا أَيَّامًا كَثِيرَةً. فَضَجِرَ بُولُسُ وَالْتَفَتَ إِلَى الرُّوحِ وَقَالَ: «أَنَا آمُرُكَ بِاسْمِ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ أَنْ تَخْرُجَ مِنْهَا!». فَخَرَجَ فِي تِلْكَ السَّاعَةِ.

19 فَلَمَّا رَأَى مَوَالِيهَا أَنَّهُ قَدْ خَرَجَ رَجَاءُ مَكْسَبِهِمْ، أَمْسَكُوا بُولُسَ وَسِيلاَ وَجَرُّوهُمَا إِلَى السُّوقِ إِلَى الْحُكَّامِ.

20 وَإِذْ أَتَوْا بِهِمَا إِلَى الْوُلاَةِ، قَالُوا: «هذَانِ الرَّجُلاَنِ يُبَلْبِلاَنِ مَدِينَتَنَا، وَهُمَا يَهُودِيَّانِ،

21 وَيُنَادِيَانِ بِعَوَائِدَ لاَ يَجُوزُ لَنَا أَنْ نَقْبَلَهَا وَلاَ نَعْمَلَ بِهَا، إِذْ نَحْنُ رُومَانِيُّونَ».

22 فَقَامَ الْجَمْعُ مَعًا عَلَيْهِمَا، وَمَزَّقَ الْوُلاَةُ ثِيَابَهُمَا وَأَمَرُوا أَنْ يُضْرَبَا بِالْعِصِيِّ.

23 فَوَضَعُوا عَلَيْهِمَا ضَرَبَاتٍ كَثِيرَةً وَأَلْقُوهُمَا فِي السِّجْنِ، وَأَوْصَوْا حَافِظَ السِّجْنِ أَنْ يَحْرُسَهُمَا بِضَبْطٍ.

24 وَهُوَ إِذْ أَخَذَ وَصِيَّةً مِثْلَ هذِهِ، أَلْقَاهُمَا فِي السِّجْنِ الدَّاخِلِيِّ، وَضَبَطَ أَرْجُلَهُمَا فِي الْمِقْطَرَةِ.

25 وَنَحْوَ نِصْفِ اللَّيْلِ كَانَ بُولُسُ وَسِيلاَ يُصَلِّيَانِ وَيُسَبِّحَانِ اللهَ، وَالْمَسْجُونُونَ يَسْمَعُونَهُمَا.

26 فَحَدَثَ بَغْتَةً زَلْزَلَةٌ عَظِيمَةٌ حَتَّى تَزَعْزَعَتْ أَسَاسَاتُ السِّجْنِ، فَانْفَتَحَتْ فِي الْحَالِ الأَبْوَابُ كُلُّهَا، وَانْفَكَّتْ قُيُودُ الْجَمِيعِ.

27 وَلَمَّا اسْتَيْقَظَ حَافِظُ السِّجْنِ، وَرَأَى أَبْوَابَ السِّجْنِ مَفْتُوحَةً، اسْتَلَّ سَيْفَهُ وَكَانَ مُزْمِعًا أَنْ يَقْتُلَ نَفْسَهُ، ظَانًّا أَنَّ الْمَسْجُونِينَ قَدْ هَرَبُوا.

28 فَنَادَى بُولُسُ بِصَوْتٍ عَظِيمٍ قَائِلاً: «لاَ تَفْعَلْ بِنَفْسِكَ شَيْئًا رَدِيًّا! لأَنَّ جَمِيعَنَا ههُنَا! ».

29 فَطَلَبَ ضَوْءًا وَانْدَفَعَ إِلَى دَاخِل، وَخَرَّ لِبُولُسَ وَسِيلاَ وَهُوَ مُرْتَعِدٌ،

30 ثُمَّ أَخْرَجَهُمَا وَقَالَ: «يَا سَيِّدَيَّ، مَاذَا يَنْبَغِي أَنْ أَفْعَلَ لِكَيْ أَخْلُصَ؟»

31 فَقَالاَ: «آمِنْ بِالرَّبِّ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ فَتَخْلُصَ أَنْتَ وَأَهْلُ بَيْتِكَ».

32 وَكَلَّمَاهُ وَجَمِيعَ مَنْ فِي بَيْتِهِ بِكَلِمَةِ الرَّبِّ.

33 فَأَخَذَهُمَا فِي تِلْكَ السَّاعَةِ مِنَ اللَّيْلِ وَغَسَّلَهُمَا مِنَ الْجِرَاحَاتِ، وَاعْتَمَدَ فِي الْحَالِ هُوَ وَالَّذِينَ لَهُ أَجْمَعُونَ.

34 وَلَمَّا أَصْعَدَهُمَا إِلَى بَيْتِهِ قَدَّمَ لَهُمَا مَائِدَةً، وَتَهَلَّلَ مَعَ جَمِيعِ بَيْتِهِ إِذْ كَانَ قَدْ آمَنَ بِاللهِ.

القرائة الثانية  : أفسس  2 : 4 – 18

4 اَللهُ الَّذِي هُوَ غَنِيٌّ فِي الرَّحْمَةِ، مِنْ أَجْلِ مَحَبَّتِهِ الْكَثِيرَةِ الَّتِي أَحَبَّنَا بِهَا،

5 وَنَحْنُ أَمْوَاتٌ بِالْخَطَايَا أَحْيَانَا مَعَ الْمَسِيحِ ­ بِالنِّعْمَةِ أَنْتُمْ مُخَلَّصُونَ ­

6 وَأَقَامَنَا مَعَهُ، وَأَجْلَسَنَا مَعَهُ فِي السَّمَاوِيَّاتِ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ،

7 لِيُظْهِرَ فِي الدُّهُورِ الآتِيَةِ غِنَى نِعْمَتِهِ الْفَائِقَ، بِاللُّطْفِ عَلَيْنَا فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ.

8 لأَنَّكُمْ بِالنِّعْمَةِ مُخَلَّصُونَ، بِالإِيمَانِ، وَذلِكَ لَيْسَ مِنْكُمْ. هُوَ عَطِيَّةُ اللهِ.

9 لَيْسَ مِنْ أَعْمَال كَيْلاَ يَفْتَخِرَ أَحَدٌ.

10 لأَنَّنَا نَحْنُ عَمَلُهُ، مَخْلُوقِينَ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ لأَعْمَال صَالِحَةٍ، قَدْ سَبَقَ اللهُ فَأَعَدَّهَا لِكَيْ نَسْلُكَ فِيهَا.

11 لِذلِكَ اذْكُرُوا أَنَّكُمْ أَنْتُمُ الأُمَمُ قَبْلاً فِي الْجَسَدِ، الْمَدْعُوِّينَ غُرْلَةً مِنَ الْمَدْعُوِّ خِتَانًا مَصْنُوعًا بِالْيَدِ فِي الْجَسَدِ،

12 أَنَّكُمْ كُنْتُمْ فِي ذلِكَ الْوَقْتِ بِدُونِ مَسِيحٍ، أَجْنَبِيِّينَ عَنْ رَعَوِيَّةِ إِسْرَائِيلَ، وَغُرَبَاءَ عَنْ عُهُودِ الْمَوْعِدِ، لاَ رَجَاءَ لَكُمْ، وَبِلاَ إِلهٍ فِي الْعَالَمِ.

13 وَلكِنِ الآنَ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ، أَنْتُمُ الَّذِينَ كُنْتُمْ قَبْلاً بَعِيدِينَ، صِرْتُمْ قَرِيبِينَ بِدَمِ الْمَسِيحِ.

14 لأَنَّهُ هُوَ سَلاَمُنَا، الَّذِي جَعَلَ الاثْنَيْنِ وَاحِدًا، وَنَقَضَ حَائِطَ السِّيَاجِ الْمُتَوَسِّطَ

15 أَيِ الْعَدَاوَةَ. مُبْطِلاً بِجَسَدِهِ نَامُوسَ الْوَصَايَا فِي فَرَائِضَ، لِكَيْ يَخْلُقَ الاثْنَيْنِ فِي نَفْسِهِ إِنْسَانًا وَاحِدًا جَدِيدًا، صَانِعًا سَلاَمًا،

16 وَيُصَالِحَ الاثْنَيْنِ فِي جَسَدٍ وَاحِدٍ مَعَ اللهِ بِالصَّلِيبِ، قَاتِلاً الْعَدَاوَةَ بِهِ.

17 فَجَاءَ وَبَشَّرَكُمْ بِسَلاَمٍ، أَنْتُمُ الْبَعِيدِينَ وَالْقَرِيبِينَ.

18 لأَنَّ بِهِ لَنَا كِلَيْنَا قُدُومًا فِي رُوحٍ وَاحِدٍ إِلَى الآبِ.

إنجيل يوحنا 6 : 47 – 58

47 اَلْحَقَّ الْحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ بِي فَلَهُ حَيَاةٌ أَبَدِيَّةٌ.

48 أَنَا هُوَ خُبْزُ الْحَيَاةِ.

49 آبَاؤُكُمْ أَكَلُوا الْمَنَّ فِي الْبَرِّيَّةِ وَمَاتُوا.

50 هذَا هُوَ الْخُبْزُ النَّازِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ، لِكَيْ يَأْكُلَ مِنْهُ الإِنْسَانُ وَلاَ يَمُوتَ.

51 أَنَا هُوَ الْخُبْزُ الْحَيُّ الَّذِي نَزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ. إِنْ أَكَلَ أَحَدٌ مِنْ هذَا الْخُبْزِ يَحْيَا إِلَى الأَبَدِ. وَالْخُبْزُ الَّذِي أَنَا أُعْطِي هُوَ جَسَدِي الَّذِي أَبْذِلُهُ مِنْ أَجْلِ حَيَاةِ الْعَالَمِ ».

52 فَخَاصَمَ الْيَهُودُ بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضًا قَائِلِينَ: «كَيْفَ يَقْدِرُ هذَا أَنْ يُعْطِيَنَا جَسَدَهُ لِنَأْكُلَ؟»

53 فَقَالَ لَهُمْ يَسُوعُ: «الْحَقَّ الْحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: إِنْ لَمْ تَأْكُلُوا جَسَدَ ابْنِ الإِنْسَانِ وَتَشْرَبُوا دَمَهُ، فَلَيْسَ لَكُمْ حَيَاةٌ فِيكُمْ.

54 مَنْ يَأْكُلُ جَسَدِي وَيَشْرَبُ دَمِي فَلَهُ حَيَاةٌ أَبَدِيَّةٌ، وَأَنَا أُقِيمُهُ فِي الْيَوْمِ الأَخِيرِ،

55 لأَنَّ جَسَدِي مَأْكَلٌ حَقٌ وَدَمِي مَشْرَبٌ حَقٌ.

56 مَنْ يَأْكُلْ جَسَدِي وَيَشْرَبْ دَمِي يَثْبُتْ فِيَّ وَأَنَا فِيهِ.

57 كَمَا أَرْسَلَنِي الآبُ الْحَيُّ، وَأَنَا حَيٌّ بِالآبِ، فَمَنْ يَأْكُلْنِي فَهُوَ يَحْيَا بِي.

58 هذَا هُوَ الْخُبْزُ الَّذِي نَزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ. لَيْسَ كَمَا أَكَلَ آبَاؤُكُمُ الْمَنَّ وَمَاتُوا. مَنْ يَأْكُلْ هذَا الْخُبْزَ فَإِنَّهُ يَحْيَا إِلَى الأَبَدِ».

Sayings of the Saints

Prayer can reflect in us, the sanctity of the Lord in our life, and expel all the devils from our life. It also expels the spirit of pride, corruption, lust, anger and selfishness.
الصلاة قادرة أن تعكس فينا قداسة الرب في حياتنا. وتطرد كل الشياطين من حياتنا ، وتطرد روح الكبرياء والدنس والشهوة والغضب والأنانية

— Late V. Rev. Heg. Pishoy Kamel القمص بيشوى كامل
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