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Fourth of the General Sundays

1st. Reading: Acts 21:17-28

17 And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

18 On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present. 

19 When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 

20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; 

21 but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. 

22 What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. 

23 Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow. 

24 Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law. 

25But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.” 

26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them. 

27 Now when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, 

28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”

2nd.Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:14-21

14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. 

15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 

16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 

17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church. 

18 Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. 

19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. 

20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 

21 What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

Gospel: Matthew 12: 5-16

5 Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? 

6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. 

7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 

8 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” 

9 Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. 

10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”–that they might accuse Him. 

11 Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? 

12 Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 

13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. 

14 Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him. 

15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 

16 Yet He warned them not to make Him known,

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القرائة الأولى: أعمال الرسل : 21  17 – 28

17 وَلَمَّا وَصَلْنَا إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ قَبِلَنَا الإِخْوَةُ بِفَرَحٍ.

18 وَفِي الْغَدِ دَخَلَ بُولُسُ مَعَنَا إِلَى يَعْقُوبَ، وَحَضَرَ جَمِيعُ الْمَشَايخِ.

19 فَبَعْدَ مَا سَلَّمَ عَلَيْهِمْ طَفِقَ يُحَدِّثُهُمْ شَيْئًا فَشَيْئًا بِكُلِّ مَا فَعَلَهُ اللهُ بَيْنَ الأُمَمِ بِوَاسِطَةِ خِدْمَتِهِ.

20 فَلَمَّا سَمِعُوا كَانُوا يُمَجِّدُونَ الرَّبَّ. وَقَالُوا لَهُ: «أَنْتَ تَرَى أَيُّهَا الأَخُ كَمْ يُوجَدُ رَبْوَةً مِنَ الْيَهُودِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا، وَهُمْ جَمِيعًا غَيُورُونَ لِلنَّامُوسِ.

21 وَقَدْ أُخْبِرُوا عَنْكَ أَنَّكَ تُعَلِّمُ جَمِيعَ الْيَهُودِ الَّذِينَ بَيْنَ الأُمَمِ الارْتِدَادَ عَنْ مُوسَى، قَائِلاً أَنْ لاَ يَخْتِنُوا أَوْلاَدَهُمْ وَلاَ يَسْلُكُوا حَسَبَ الْعَوَائِدِ.

22 فَإِذًا مَاذَا يَكُونُ؟ لاَ بُدَّ عَلَى كُلِّ حَال أَنْ يَجْتَمِعَ الْجُمْهُورُ، لأَنَّهُمْ سَيَسْمَعُونَ أَنَّكَ قَدْ جِئْتَ.

23 فَافْعَلْ هذَا الَّذِي نَقُولُ لَكَ: عِنْدَنَا أَرْبَعَةُ رِجَال عَلَيْهِمْ نَذْرٌ.

24 خُذْ هؤُلاَءِ وَتَطهَّرْ مَعَهُمْ وَأَنْفِقْ عَلَيْهِمْ لِيَحْلِقُوا رُؤُوسَهُمْ، فَيَعْلَمَ الْجَمِيعُ أَنْ لَيْسَ شَيْءٌ مِمَّا أُخْبِرُوا عَنْكَ، بَلْ تَسْلُكُ أَنْتَ أَيْضًا حَافِظًا لِلنَّامُوسِ.

25 وَأَمَّا مِنْ جِهَةِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنَ الأُمَمِ، فَأَرْسَلْنَا نَحْنُ إِلَيْهِمْ وَحَكَمْنَا أَنْ لاَ يَحْفَظُوا شَيْئًا مِثْلَ ذلِكَ، سِوَى أَنْ يُحَافِظُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ مِمَّا ذُبحَ لِلأَصْنَامِ، وَمِنَ الدَّمِ، وَالْمَخْنُوقِ، وَالزِّنَا».

26 حِينَئِذٍ أَخَذَ بُولُسُ الرِّجَالَ فِي الْغَدِ، وَتَطَهَّرَ مَعَهُمْ وَدَخَلَ الْهَيْكَلَ، مُخْبِرًا بِكَمَالِ أَيَّامِ التَّطْهِيرِ، إِلَى أَنْ يُقَرَّبَ عَنْ كُلِّ وَاحِدٍ مِنْهُمُ الْقُرْبَانُ.

27 وَلَمَّا قَارَبَتِ الأَيَّامُ السَّبْعَةُ أَنْ تَتِمَّ، رَآهُ الْيَهُودُ الَّذِينَ مِنْ أَسِيَّا فِي الْهَيْكَلِ، فَأَهَاجُوا كُلَّ الْجَمْعِ وَأَلْقَوْا عَلَيْهِ الأَيَادِيَ

28 صَارِخِينَ: «يَا أَيُّهَا الرِّجَالُ الإِسْرَائِيلِيُّونَ، أَعِينُوا! هذَا هُوَ الرَّجُلُ الَّذِي يُعَلِّمُ الْجَمِيعَ فِي كُلِّ مَكَانٍ ضِدًّا لِلشَّعْبِ وَالنَّامُوسِ وَهذَا الْمَوْضِعِ، حَتَّى أَدْخَلَ يُونَانِيِّينَ أَيْضًا إِلَى الْهَيْكَلِ وَدَنَّسَ هذَا الْمَوْضِعَ الْمُقَدَّسَ».

القرائة الثانية : 1 كورنثوس 4 :14-21

 14 لَيْسَ لِكَيْ أُخَجِّلَكُمْ أَكْتُبُ بِهذَا، بَلْ كَأَوْلاَدِي الأَحِبَّاءِ أُنْذِرُكُمْ.

15 لأَنَّهُ وَإِنْ كَانَ لَكُمْ رَبَوَاتٌ مِنَ الْمُرْشِدِينَ فِي الْمَسِيحِ، لكِنْ لَيْسَ آبَاءٌ كَثِيرُونَ. لأَنِّي أَنَا وَلَدْتُكُمْ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ بِالإِنْجِيلِ.

16 فَأَطْلُبُ إِلَيْكُمْ أَنْ تَكُونُوا مُتَمَثِّلِينَ بِي.

17 لِذلِكَ أَرْسَلْتُ إِلَيْكُمْ تِيمُوثَاوُسَ، الَّذِي هُوَ ابْنِي الْحَبِيبُ وَالأَمِينُ فِي الرَّبِّ، الَّذِي يُذَكِّرُكُمْ بِطُرُقِي فِي الْمَسِيحِ كَمَا أُعَلِّمُ فِي كُلِّ مَكَانٍ، فِي كُلِّ كَنِيسَةٍ.

18 فَانْتَفَخَ قَوْمٌ كَأَنِّي لَسْتُ آتِيًا إِلَيْكُمْ.

19 وَلكِنِّي سَآتِي إِلَيْكُمْ سَرِيعًا إِنْ شَاءَ الرَّبُّ، فَسَأَعْرِفُ لَيْسَ كَلاَمَ الَّذِينَ انْتَفَخُوا بَلْ قُوَّتَهُمْ.

20 لأَنَّ مَلَكُوتَ اللهِ لَيْسَ بِكَلاَمٍ، بَلْ بِقُوَّةٍ.

21 مَاذَا تُرِيدُونَ؟ أَبِعَصًا آتِي إِلَيْكُمْ أَمْ بِالْمَحَبَّةِ وَرُوحِ الْوَدَاعَةِ؟

إنجيل متى 12: 5-16

5 أَوَ مَا قَرَأْتُمْ فِي التَّوْرَاةِ أَنَّ الْكَهَنَةَ فِي السَّبْتِ فِي الْهَيْكَلِ يُدَنِّسُونَ السَّبْتَ وَهُمْ أَبْرِيَاءُ؟

6 وَلكِنْ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: إِنَّ ههُنَا أَعْظَمَ مِنَ الْهَيْكَلِ!

7 فَلَوْ عَلِمْتُمْ مَا هُوَ: إِنِّي أُرِيدُ رَحْمَةً لاَ ذَبِيحَةً، لَمَا حَكَمْتُمْ عَلَى الأَبْرِيَاءِ!

8 فَإِنَّ ابْنَ الإِنْسَانِ هُوَ رَبُّ السَّبْتِ أَيْضًا».

9 ثُمَّ انْصَرَفَ مِنْ هُنَاكَ وَجَاءَ إِلَى مَجْمَعِهِمْ،

10 وَإِذَا إِنْسَانٌ يَدُهُ يَابِسَةٌ، فَسَأَلُوهُ قَائِلِينَ: «هَلْ يَحِلُّ الإِبْرَاءُ فِي السُّبُوتِ؟» لِكَيْ يَشْتَكُوا عَلَيْهِ.

11 فَقَالَ لَهُمْ: «أَيُّ إِنْسَانٍ مِنْكُمْ يَكُونُ لَهُ خَرُوفٌ وَاحِدٌ، فَإِنْ سَقَطَ هذَا فِي السَّبْتِ فِي حُفْرَةٍ، أَفَمَا يُمْسِكُهُ وَيُقِيمُهُ؟

12 فَالإِنْسَانُ كَمْ هُوَ أَفْضَلُ مِنَ الْخَرُوفِ! إِذًا يَحِلُّ فِعْلُ الْخَيْرِ فِي السُّبُوتِ! »

13 ثُمَّ قَالَ لِلإِنْسَانِ: «مُدَّ يَدَكَ». فَمَدَّهَا. فَعَادَتْ صَحِيحَةً كَالأُخْرَى.

14 فَلَمَّا خَرَجَ الْفَرِّيسِيُّونَ تَشَاوَرُوا عَلَيْهِ لِكَيْ يُهْلِكُوهُ،

15 فَعَلِمَ يَسُوعُ وَانْصَرَفَ مِنْ هُنَاكَ. وَتَبِعَتْهُ جُمُوعٌ كَثِيرَةٌ فَشَفَاهُمْ جَمِيعًا.

16 وَأَوْصَاهُمْ أَنْ لاَ يُظْهِرُوهُ، 


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
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