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Second of the Middle Sundays of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 19: 13-22

13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 

14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 

15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 

16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 

17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 

18 And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. 

19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. 

20 So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. 

21 When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 

22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.

 2nd.  Reading: 1 Corinthians 3: 16-23

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 

17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 

18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 

20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 

21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: 

22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come–all are yours. 

23 And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

 Gospel: Luke 9: 1-11

1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 

2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 

3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece. 

4 Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 

5 And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 

6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. 

7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, 

8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again. 

9 Herod said, “John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?” So he sought to see Him.

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.

 الأحد الثاني من الآحاد المتوسطة للقيامة

أعمال 19 : 13 – 22

13 فَشَرَعَ قَوْمٌ مِنَ الْيَهُودِ الطَّوَّافِينَ الْمُعَزِّمِينَ أَنْ يُسَمُّوا عَلَى الَّذِينَ بِهِمِ الأَرْوَاحُ الشِّرِّيرَةُ بِاسْمِ الرَّبِّ يَسُوعَ، قَائِلِينَ: «نُقْسِمُ عَلَيْكَ بِيَسُوعَ الَّذِي يَكْرِزُ بِهِ بُولُسُ!»

14 وَكَانَ سَبْعَةُ بَنِينَ لِسَكَاوَا، رَجُل يَهُودِيٍّ رَئِيسِ كَهَنَةٍ، الَّذِينَ فَعَلُوا هذَا.

15 فَأَجَابَ الرُّوحُ الشِّرِّيرُ وَقَالَ: «أَمَّا يَسُوعُ فَأَنَا أَعْرِفُهُ، وَبُولُسُ أَنَا أَعْلَمُهُ، وَأَمَّا أَنْتُمْ فَمَنْ أَنْتُمْ؟»

16 فَوَثَبَ عَلَيْهِمُ الإِنْسَانُ الَّذِي كَانَ فِيهِ الرُّوحُ الشِّرِّيرُ، وَغَلَبَهُمْ وَقَوِيَ عَلَيْهِمْ، حَتَّى هَرَبُوا مِنْ ذلِكَ الْبَيْتِ عُرَاةً وَمُجَرَّحِينَ.

17 وَصَارَ هذَا مَعْلُومًا عِنْدَ جَمِيعِ الْيَهُودِ وَالْيُونَانِيِّينَ السَّاكِنِينَ فِي أَفَسُسَ. فَوَقَعَ خَوْفٌ عَلَى جَمِيعِهِمْ، وَكَانَ اسْمُ الرَّبِّ يَسُوعَ يَتَعَظَّمُ.

18 وَكَانَ كَثِيرُونَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يَأْتُونَ مُقِرِّينَ وَمُخْبِرِينَ بِأَفْعَالِهِمْ،

19 وَكَانَ كَثِيرُونَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَعْمِلُونَ السِّحْرَ يَجْمَعُونَ الْكُتُبَ وَيُحَرِّقُونَهَا أَمَامَ الْجَمِيعِ. وَحَسَبُوا أَثْمَانَهَا فَوَجَدُوهَا خَمْسِينَ أَلْفًا مِنَ الْفِضَّةِ.

20 هكَذَا كَانَتْ كَلِمَةُ الرَّبِّ تَنْمُو وَتَقْوَى بِشِدَّةٍ.

21 وَلَمَّا كَمِلَتْ هذِهِ الأُمُورُ، وَضَعَ بُولُسُ فِي نَفْسِهِ أَنَّهُ بَعْدَمَا يَجْتَازُ فِي مَكِدُونِيَّةَ وَأَخَائِيَةَ يَذْهَبُ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ، قَائِلاً: «إِنِّي بَعْدَ مَا أَصِيرُ هُنَاكَ يَنْبَغِي أَنْ أَرَى رُومِيَةَ أَيْضًا».

22 فَأَرْسَلَ إِلَى مَكِدُونِيَّةَ اثْنَيْنِ مِنَ الَّذِينَ كَانُوا يَخْدِمُونَهُ: تِيمُوثَاوُسَ وَأَرَسْطُوسَ، وَلَبِثَ هُوَ زَمَانًا فِي أَسِيَّا.

1 كورونثوس 3: 16 – 23

16 أَمَا تَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّكُمْ هَيْكَلُ اللهِ، وَرُوحُ اللهِ يَسْكُنُ فِيكُمْ؟

17 إِنْ كَانَ أَحَدٌ يُفْسِدُ هَيْكَلَ اللهِ فَسَيُفْسِدُهُ اللهُ، لأَنَّ هَيْكَلَ اللهِ مُقَدَّسٌ الَّذِي أَنْتُمْ هُوَ.

18 لاَ يَخْدَعَنَّ أَحَدٌ نَفْسَهُ. إِنْ كَانَ أَحَدٌ يَظُنُّ أَنَّهُ حَكِيمٌ بَيْنَكُمْ فِي هذَا الدَّهْرِ، فَلْيَصِرْ جَاهِلاً لِكَيْ يَصِيرَ حَكِيمًا!

19 لأَنَّ حِكْمَةَ هذَا الْعَالَمِ هِيَ جَهَالَةٌ عِنْدَ اللهِ، لأَنَّهُ مَكْتُوبٌ: «الآخِذُ الْحُكَمَاءَ بِمَكْرِهِمْ».

20 وَأَيْضًا: «الرَّبُّ يَعْلَمُ أَفْكَارَ الْحُكَمَاءِ أَنَّهَا بَاطِلَةٌ».

21 إِذًا لاَ يَفْتَخِرَنَّ أَحَدٌ بِالنَّاسِ! فَإِنَّ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ لَكُمْ:

22 أَبُولُسُ، أَمْ أَبُلُّوسُ، أَمْ صَفَا، أَمِ الْعَالَمُ، أَمِ الْحَيَاةُ، أَمِ الْمَوْتُ، أَمِ الأَشْيَاءُ الْحَاضِرَةُ، أَمِ الْمُسْتَقْبِلَةُ. كُلُّ شَيْءٍ لَكُمْ.

23 وَأَمَّا أَنْتُمْ فَلِلْمَسِيحِ، وَالْمَسِيحُ للهِ.

قرائة الإنجيل : لوقا 9 : 1 – 11

1 وَدَعَا تَلاَمِيذَهُ الاثْنَيْ عَشَرَ، وَأَعْطَاهُمْ قُوَّةً وَسُلْطَانًا عَلَى جَمِيعِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَشِفَاءِ أَمْرَاضٍ،

2 وَأَرْسَلَهُمْ لِيَكْرِزُوا بِمَلَكُوتِ اللهِ وَيَشْفُوا الْمَرْضَى.

3 وَقَالَ لَهُمْ: «لاَ تَحْمِلُوا شَيْئًا لِلطَّرِيقِ: لاَ عَصًا وَلاَ مِزْوَدًا وَلاَ خُبْزًا وَلاَ فِضَّةً، وَلاَ يَكُونُ لِلْوَاحِدِ ثَوْبَانِ.

4 وَأَيَّ بَيْتٍ دَخَلْتُمُوهُ فَهُنَاكَ أَقِيمُوا، وَمِنْ هُنَاكَ اخْرُجُوا.

5 وَكُلُّ مَنْ لاَ يَقْبَلُكُمْ فَاخْرُجُوا مِنْ تِلْكَ الْمَدِينَةِ، وَانْفُضُوا الْغُبَارَ أَيْضًا عَنْ أَرْجُلِكُمْ شَهَادَةً عَلَيْهِمْ».

6 فَلَمَّا خَرَجُوا كَانُوا يَجْتَازُونَ فِي كُلِّ قَرْيَةٍ يُبَشِّرُونَ وَيَشْفُونَ فِي كُلِّ مَوْضِعٍ.

7 فَسَمِعَ هِيرُودُسُ رَئِيسُ الرُّبْعِ بِجَمِيعِ مَا كَانَ مِنْهُ، وَارْتَابَ، لأَنَّ قَوْمًا كَانُوا يَقُولُونَ: «إِنَّ يُوحَنَّا قَدْ قَامَ مِنَ الأَمْوَاتِ».

8 وَقَوْمًا: «إِنَّ إِيلِيَّا ظَهَرَ». وَآخَرِينَ: «إِنَّ نَبِيًّا مِنَ الْقُدَمَاءِ قَامَ».

9 فَقَالَ هِيرُودُسُ: «يُوحَنَّا أَنَا قَطَعْتُ رَأْسَهُ. فَمَنْ هُوَ هذَا الَّذِي أَسْمَعُ عَنْهُ مِثْلَ هذَا؟» وَكَانَ يَطْلُبُ أَنْ يَرَاهُ.

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.

Sayings of the Saints

Often have I spoken and regretted, but for silence I never did
كثيرًا ما تكلمت فندمت.. وأما عن سكوتي، فما ندمت قط

— Saint Arsanious القديس أرسانيوس
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