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First Sunday after Christmas

Martyrdom of the Children of Bethlehem

1st. Reading: Acts 7:11-29

11 Now a famine and great trouble came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers found no sustenance. 

12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. 

13 And the second time Joseph was made known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to the Pharaoh.

14 Then Joseph sent and called his father Jacob and all his relatives to him, seventy-five people. 

15 So Jacob went down to Egypt; and he died, he and our fathers. 

16 And they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. 

17 “But when the time of the promise drew near which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt 

18 till another king arose who did not know Joseph. 

19 This man dealt treacherously with our people, and oppressed our forefathers, making them expose their babies, so that they might not live. 

20 At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father’s house for three months. 

21 But when he was set out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son. 

22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds. 

23 Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. 

24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian. 

25For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand. 

26 And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?’ 

27 But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 

28 Do you want to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?’ 

29 Then, at this saying, Moses fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian, where he had two sons.

2nd.Reading: Hebrews 11: 23-31

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. 

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 

25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 

26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. 

27By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 

28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 

29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned. 

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 

31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

Gospel: Matthew 2 : 13-18             

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 

14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 

15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” 

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 

17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: 

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”

9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 

11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

أول احد بعد عيد الميلاد المجيد

تذكار قتل الأطفال في بيت لحم

القرائة الأولى: اعمال الرسل ٧: ١١- ٢٩

11 ثم أتى جوع على كل أرض مصر وكنعان، وضيق عظيم، فكان آباؤنا لا يجدون قوتا

12 ولما سمع يعقوب أن في مصر قمحا، أرسل آباءنا أول مرة

13 وفي المرة الثانية استعرف يوسف إلى إخوته، واستعلنت عشيرة يوسف لفرعون

14 فأرسل يوسف واستدعى أباه يعقوب وجميع عشيرته، خمسة وسبعين نفسا

15 فنزل يعقوب إلى مصر ومات هو وآباؤنا

16 ونقلوا إلى شكيم ووضعوا في القبر الذي اشتراه إبراهيم بثمن فضة من بني حمور أبي شكيم

17 وكما كان يقرب وقت الموعد الذي أقسم الله عليه لإبراهيم، كان ينمو الشعب ويكثر في مصر

18 إلى أن قام ملك آخر لم يكن يعرف يوسف

19 فاحتال هذا على جنسنا وأساء إلى آبائنا، حتى جعلوا أطفالهم منبوذين لكي لا يعيشوا

20 وفي ذلك الوقت ولد موسى وكان جميلا جدا، فربي هذا ثلاثة أشهر في بيت أبيه

21 ولما نبذ، اتخذته ابنة فرعون وربته لنفسها ابنا

22 فتهذب موسى بكل حكمة المصريين، وكان مقتدرا في الأقوال والأعمال

23 ولما كملت له مدة أربعين سنة، خطر على باله أن يفتقد إخوته بني إسرائيل

24 وإذ رأى واحدا مظلوما حامى عنه، وأنصف المغلوب، إذ قتل المصري

25 فظن أن إخوته يفهمون أن الله على يده يعطيهم نجاة، وأما هم فلم يفهموا

26 وفي اليوم الثاني ظهر لهم وهم يتخاصمون، فساقهم إلى السلامة قائلا: أيها الرجال، أنتم إخوة. لماذا تظلمون بعضكم بعضا

27 فالذي كان يظلم قريبه دفعه قائلا: من أقامك رئيسا وقاضيا علينا

28 أتريد أن تقتلني كما قتلت أمس المصري

29 فهرب موسى بسبب هذه الكلمة، وصار غريبا في أرض مديان، حيث ولد ابنين

  القرائة الثانية : عبرانيين ١١: ٢٣-٣١

23 بالايمان موسى بعدما ولد اخفاه ابواه ثلاثة اشهر لانهما رايا الصبي جميلا و لم يخشيا امر الملك

24 بالايمان موسى لما كبر ابى ان يدعى ابن ابنة فرعون

25 مفضلا بالاحرى ان يذل مع شعب الله على ان يكون له تمتع وقتي بالخطية

26 حاسبا عار المسيح غنى اعظم من خزائن مصر لانه كان ينظر الى المجازاة

27 بالايمان ترك مصر غير خائف من غضب الملك لانه تشدد كانه يرى من لا يرى

28 بالايمان صنع الفصح و رش الدم لئلا يمسهم الذي اهلك الابكار

29 بالايمان اجتازوا في البحر الاحمر كما في اليابسة الامر الذي لما شرع فيه المصريون غرقوا

30 بالايمان سقطت اسوار اريحا بعدما طيف حولها سبعة ايام

31 بالايمان راحاب الزانية لم تهلك مع العصاة اذ قبلت الجاسوسين بسلام

أنجيل متى : ٢ : ١٣- ١٨

13 وبعدما انصرفوا، إذا ملاك الرب قد ظهر ليوسف في حلم قائلا: قم وخذ الصبي وأمه واهرب إلى مصر، وكن هناك حتى أقول لك. لأن هيرودس مزمع أن يطلب الصبي ليهلكه

14 فقام وأخذ الصبي وأمه ليلا وانصرف إلى مصر

15 وكان هناك إلى وفاة هيرودس. لكي يتم ما قيل من الرب بالنبي القائل: من مصر دعوت ابني

16 حينئذ لما رأى هيرودس أن المجوس سخروا به غضب جدا. فأرسل وقتل جميع الصبيان الذين في بيت لحم وفي كل تخومها، من ابن سنتين فما دون، بحسب الزمان الذي تحققه من المجوس

17 حينئذ تم ما قيل بإرميا النبي القائل

18 صوت سمع في الرامة، نوح وبكاء وعويل كثير. راحيل تبكي على أولادها ولا تريد أن تتعزى ، لأنهم ليسوا بموجودين


Sayings of the Saints

If God willed to give rest to His true sons He will not take away temptations…but instead He gives them power to have patience in their trials.
إذا شاء الله أن يريح أبناءه الحقيقيين لا يرفع عنهم التجارب…بل يعطيهم قوة ليصبروا عليها

— St. Isaac the Syrian (القديس مارإسحق السرياني)
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