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Sunday Scripture Readings 1/8/17

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Epiphany (Denho) Baptism of our Lord

1st. Reading: 1 John 5: 1-13

1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 

2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. 

5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 

6This is He who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 

8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 

10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 

11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 

12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 

13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

2nd. Reading: Hebrews 10: 15-25

15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 

17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 

18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. 

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 

20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 

21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 

22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Gospel: Matthew 7 : 1-17

1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 

2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 

3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ ” 

4 And John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 

5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 

6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 

8Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 

9 and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 

10And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 

12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 

14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 

15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 

16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 

17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

عيد الدنح (الغطاس)

 القرائة الأولى  : 1 يوحنا 5 : 1-13

 1 كُلُّ مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ أَنَّ يَسُوعَ هُوَ الْمَسِيحُ فَقَدْ وُلِدَ مِنَ اللهِ. وَكُلُّ مَنْ يُحِبُّ الْوَالِدَ يُحِبُّ الْمَوْلُودَ مِنْهُ أَيْضًا.

2 بِهذَا نَعْرِفُ أَنَّنَا نُحِبُّ أَوْلاَدَ اللهِ: إِذَا أَحْبَبْنَا اللهَ وَحَفِظْنَا وَصَايَاهُ.

3 فَإِنَّ هذِهِ هِيَ مَحَبَّةُ اللهِ: أَنْ نَحْفَظَ وَصَايَاهُ. وَوَصَايَاهُ لَيْسَتْ ثَقِيلَةً،

4 لأَنَّ كُلَّ مَنْ وُلِدَ مِنَ اللهِ يَغْلِبُ الْعَالَمَ. وَهذِهِ هِيَ الْغَلَبَةُ الَّتِي تَغْلِبُ الْعَالَمَ: إِيمَانُنَا.

5 مَنْ هُوَ الَّذِي يَغْلِبُ الْعَالَمَ، إِلاَّ الَّذِي يُؤْمِنُ أَنَّ يَسُوعَ هُوَ ابْنُ اللهِ؟

6 هذَا هُوَ الَّذِي أَتَى بِمَاءٍ وَدَمٍ، يَسُوعُ الْمَسِيحُ. لاَ بِالْمَاءِ فَقَطْ، بَلْ بِالْمَاءِ وَالدَّمِ. وَالرُّوحُ هُوَ الَّذِي يَشْهَدُ، لأَنَّ الرُّوحَ هُوَ الْحَقُّ.

7 فَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَشْهَدُونَ فِي السَّمَاءِ هُمْ ثَلاَثَةٌ: الآبُ، وَالْكَلِمَةُ، وَالرُّوحُ الْقُدُسُ. وَهؤُلاَءِ الثَّلاَثَةُ هُمْ وَاحِدٌ.

8 وَالَّذِينَ يَشْهَدُونَ فِي الأَرْضِ هُمْ ثَلاَثَةٌ: الرُّوحُ، وَالْمَاءُ، وَالدَّمُ. وَالثَّلاَثَةُ هُمْ فِي الْوَاحِدِ.

9 إِنْ كُنَّا نَقْبَلُ شَهَادَةَ النَّاسِ، فَشَهَادَةُ اللهِ أَعْظَمُ، لأَنَّ هذِهِ هِيَ شَهَادَةُ اللهِ الَّتِي قَدْ شَهِدَ بِهَا عَنِ ابْنِهِ.

10 مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ بِابْنِ اللهِ فَعِنْدَهُ الشَّهَادَةُ فِي نَفْسِهِ. مَنْ لاَ يُصَدِّقُ اللهَ، فَقَدْ جَعَلَهُ كَاذِبًا، لأَنَّهُ لَمْ يُؤْمِنْ بِالشَّهَادَةِ الَّتِي قَدْ شَهِدَ بِهَا اللهُ عَنِ ابْنِهِ.

11 وَهذِهِ هِيَ الشَّهَادَةُ: أَنَّ اللهَ أَعْطَانَا حَيَاةً أَبَدِيَّةً، وَهذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ هِيَ فِي ابْنِهِ.

12 مَنْ لَهُ الابْنُ فَلَهُ الْحَيَاةُ، وَمَنْ لَيْسَ لَهُ ابْنُ اللهِ فَلَيْسَتْ لَهُ الْحَيَاةُ.

13 كَتَبْتُ هذَا إِلَيْكُمْ، أَنْتُمُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ بِاسْمِ ابْنِ اللهِ، لِكَيْ تَعْلَمُوا أَنَّ لَكُمْ حَيَاةً أَبَدِيَّةً، وَلِكَيْ تُؤْمِنُوا بِاسْمِ ابْنِ اللهِ.

القرائة الثانية  :عبرانين 10 : 15-25

15 وَيَشْهَدُ لَنَا الرُّوحُ الْقُدُسُ أَيْضًا. لأَنَّهُ بَعْدَمَا قَالَ سَابِقًا:

16 «هذَا هُوَ الْعَهْدُ الَّذِي أَعْهَدُهُ مَعَهُمْ بَعْدَ تِلْكَ الأَيَّامِ، يَقُولُ الرَّبُّ، أَجْعَلُ نَوَامِيسِي فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ وَأَكْتُبُهَا فِي أَذْهَانِهِمْ

17 وَلَنْ أَذْكُرَ خَطَايَاهُمْ وَتَعَدِّيَاتِهِمْ فِي مَا بَعْدُ».

18 وَإِنَّمَا حَيْثُ تَكُونُ مَغْفِرَةٌ لِهذِهِ لاَ يَكُونُ بَعْدُ قُرْبَانٌ عَنِ الْخَطِيَّةِ.

19 فَإِذْ لَنَا أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ ثِقَةٌ بِالدُّخُولِ إِلَى «الأَقْدَاسِ» بِدَمِ يَسُوعَ،

20 طَرِيقًا كَرَّسَهُ لَنَا حَدِيثًا حَيًّا، بِالْحِجَابِ، أَيْ جَسَدِهِ،

21 وَكَاهِنٌ عَظِيمٌ عَلَى بَيْتِ اللهِ،

22 لِنَتَقَدَّمْ بِقَلْبٍ صَادِق فِي يَقِينِ الإِيمَانِ، مَرْشُوشَةً قُلُوبُنَا مِنْ ضَمِيرٍ شِرِّيرٍ، وَمُغْتَسِلَةً أَجْسَادُنَا بِمَاءٍ نَقِيٍّ.

23 لِنَتَمَسَّكْ بِإِقْرَارِ الرَّجَاءِ رَاسِخًا، لأَنَّ الَّذِي وَعَدَ هُوَ أَمِينٌ.

24 وَلْنُلاَحِظْ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا لِلتَّحْرِيضِ عَلَى الْمَحَبَّةِ وَالأَعْمَالِ الْحَسَنَةِ،

25 غَيْرَ تَارِكِينَ اجْتِمَاعَنَا كَمَا لِقَوْمٍ عَادَةٌ، بَلْ وَاعِظِينَ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا، وَبِالأَكْثَرِ عَلَى قَدْرِ مَا تَرَوْنَ الْيَوْمَ يَقْرُبُ،

قرائة الإنجيل : متى 3: 1-17

1 وَفِي تِلْكَ الأَيَّامِ جَاءَ يُوحَنَّا الْمَعْمَدَانُ يَكْرِزُ فِي بَرِّيَّةِ الْيَهُودِيَّةِ
2 قَائِلاً: «تُوبُوا، لأَنَّهُ قَدِ اقْتَرَبَ مَلَكُوتُ السَّماوَاتِ.
3 فَإِنَّ هذَا هُوَ الَّذِي قِيلَ عَنْهُ بِإِشَعْيَاءَ النَّبِيِّ الْقَائِلِ: صَوْتُ صَارِخٍ فِي الْبَرِّيَّةِ: أَعِدُّوا طَرِيقَ الرَّبِّ. اصْنَعُوا سُبُلَهُ مُسْتَقِيمَةً».
4 وَيُوحَنَّا هذَا كَانَ لِبَاسُهُ مِنْ وَبَرِ الإِبِلِ، وَعَلَى حَقْوَيْهِ مِنْطَقَةٌ مِنْ جِلْدٍ. وَكَانَ طَعَامُهُ جَرَادًا وَعَسَلاً بَرِّيًّا.
5 حِينَئِذٍ خَرَجَ إِلَيْهِ أُورُشَلِيمُ وَكُلُّ الْيَهُودِيَّةِ وَجَمِيعُ الْكُورَةِ الْمُحِيطَةِ بِالأُرْدُنِّ،
6 وَاعْتَمَدُوا مِنْهُ فِي الأُرْدُنِّ، مُعْتَرِفِينَ بِخَطَايَاهُمْ.
7 فَلَمَّا رَأَى كَثِيرِينَ مِنَ الْفَرِّيسِيِّينَ وَالصَّدُّوقِيِّينَ يَأْتُونَ إِلَى مَعْمُودِيَّتِهِ، قَالَ لَهُمْ: «يَا أَوْلاَدَ الأَفَاعِي، مَنْ أَرَاكُمْ أَنْ تَهْرُبُوا مِنَ الْغَضَبِ الْآتِي؟
8 فَاصْنَعُوا أَثْمَارًا تَلِيقُ بِالتَّوْبَةِ.
9 وَلاَ تَفْتَكِرُوا أَنْ تَقُولُوا فِي أَنْفُسِكُمْ: لَنَا إِبْراهِيمُ أَبًا. لأَنِّي أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: إِنَّ اللهَ قَادِرٌ أَنْ يُقِيمَ مِنْ هذِهِ الْحِجَارَةِ أَوْلاَدًا لإِبْراهِيمَ.
10 وَالآنَ قَدْ وُضِعَتِ الْفَأْسُ عَلَى أَصْلِ الشَّجَرِ، فَكُلُّ شَجَرَةٍ لاَ تَصْنَعُ ثَمَرًا جَيِّدًا تُقْطَعُ وَتُلْقَى فِي النَّارِ.
11 أَنَا أُعَمِّدُكُمْ بِمَاءٍ لِلتَّوْبَةِ، وَلكِنِ الَّذِي يَأْتِي بَعْدِي هُوَ أَقْوَى مِنِّي، الَّذِي لَسْتُ أَهْلاً أَنْ أَحْمِلَ حِذَاءَهُ. هُوَ سَيُعَمِّدُكُمْ بِالرُّوحِ الْقُدُسِ وَنَارٍ.
12 الَّذِي رَفْشُهُ فِي يَدِهِ، وَسَيُنَقِّي بَيْدَرَهُ، وَيَجْمَعُ قَمْحَهُ إِلَى الْمَخْزَنِ، وَأَمَّا التِّبْنُ فَيُحْرِقُهُ بِنَارٍ لاَ تُطْفَأُ».
13 حِينَئِذٍ جَاءَ يَسُوعُ مِنَ الْجَلِيلِ إِلَى الأُرْدُنِّ إِلَى يُوحَنَّا لِيَعْتَمِدَ مِنْهُ.
14 وَلكِنْ يُوحَنَّا مَنَعَهُ قَائِلاً: «أَنَا مُحْتَاجٌ أَنْ أَعْتَمِدَ مِنْكَ، وَأَنْتَ تَأْتِي إِلَيَّ!»
15 فَأَجَابَ يَسُوعُ وَقَالَ لَهُ: «اسْمَحِ الآنَ، لأَنَّهُ هكَذَا يَلِيقُ بِنَا أَنْ نُكَمِّلَ كُلَّ بِرّ». حِينَئِذٍ سَمَحَ لَهُ.
16 فَلَمَّا اعْتَمَدَ يَسُوعُ صَعِدَ لِلْوَقْتِ مِنَ الْمَاءِ، وَإِذَا السَّمَاوَاتُ قَدِ انْفَتَحَتْ لَهُ، فَرَأَى رُوحَ اللهِ نَازِلاً مِثْلَ حَمَامَةٍ وَآتِيًا عَلَيْهِ،
17 وَصَوْتٌ مِنَ السَّمَاوَاتِ قَائِلاً: « هذَا هُوَ ابْني الْحَبِيبُ الَّذِي بِهِ سُرِرْتُ».

Sayings of the Saints

If you were unable to change your life and renew your heart because you are helpless, then you can surrender your life to God Who is able to renew you.
ان كنت لا تستطيع ان تغير حياتك و تجدد قلبك لانك عاجز فانك قادر ان تسلم حياتك الى اللة الذى يقدر ان يجددك

— H.H. Pope Shenouda III قداسة البابا شنودة الثالث
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