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Eight of the Middle Sundays/Saint Gabriel/Transfiguration of the Lord

1st Reading: 2 Peter  1 : 12-21

12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 

13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, 

14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 

15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease. 

16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 

17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 

18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 

19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 

20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 

21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

2nd. Reading: 2 Corinthians 3 : 4-14

4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 

5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 

6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 

7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 

8how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 

9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 

10 For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. 

11 For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. 

12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech– 

13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 

14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.

Gospel: Luke 9: 27-36

27 “But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God.” 

28 Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 

29 As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. 

30 And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, 

31 who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 

32 But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.

33 Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”–not knowing what he said. 

34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. 

35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” 

36 When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.

 

الأحد الثامن من الآحاد المتوسطة للقيامة/عيد مار كبرئيل/ عيد التجلي

القرائة الاولى : 2 بطرس 1: 12 – 12

12 لِذلِكَ لاَ أُهْمِلُ أَنْ أُذَكِّرَكُمْ دَائِمًا بِهذِهِ الأُمُورِ، وَإِنْ كُنْتُمْ عَالِمِينَ وَمُثَبَّتِينَ فِي الْحَقِّ الْحَاضِرِ.

13 وَلكِنِّي أَحْسِبُهُ حَقًّا ­ مَا دُمْتُ فِي هذَا الْمَسْكَنِ­ أَنْ أُنْهِضَكُمْ بِالتَّذْكِرَةِ،

14 عَالِمًا أَنَّ خَلْعَ مَسْكَنِي قَرِيبٌ، كَمَا أَعْلَنَ لِي رَبُّنَا يَسُوعُ الْمَسِيحُ أَيْضًا.

15 فَأَجْتَهِدُ أَيْضًا أَنْ تَكُونُوا بَعْدَ خُرُوجِي، تَتَذَكَّرُونَ كُلَّ حِينٍ بِهذِهِ الأُمُورِ.

16 لأَنَّنَا لَمْ نَتْبَعْ خُرَافَاتٍ مُصَنَّعَةً، إِذْ عَرَّفْنَاكُمْ بِقُوَّةِ رَبِّنَا يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ وَمَجِيئِهِ، بَلْ قَدْ كُنَّا مُعَايِنِينَ عَظَمَتَهُ.

17 لأَنَّهُ أَخَذَ مِنَ اللهِ الآبِ كَرَامَةً وَمَجْدًا، إِذْ أَقْبَلَ عَلَيْهِ صَوْتٌ كَهذَا مِنَ الْمَجْدِ الأَسْنَى: «هذَا هُوَ ابْنِي الْحَبِيبُ الَّذِي أَنَا سُرِرْتُ بِهِ».

18 وَنَحْنُ سَمِعْنَا هذَا الصَّوْتَ مُقْبِلاً مِنَ السَّمَاءِ، إِذْ كُنَّا مَعَهُ فِي الْجَبَلِ الْمُقَدَّسِ.

19 وَعِنْدَنَا الْكَلِمَةُ النَّبَوِيَّةُ، وَهِيَ أَثْبَتُ، الَّتِي تَفْعَلُونَ حَسَنًا إِنِ انْتَبَهْتُمْ إِلَيْهَا، كَمَا إِلَى سِرَاجٍ مُنِيرٍ فِي مَوْضِعٍ مُظْلِمٍ، إِلَى أَنْ يَنْفَجِرَ النَّهَارُ، وَيَطْلَعَ كَوْكَبُ الصُّبْحِ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ،

20 عَالِمِينَ هذَا أَوَّلاً: أَنَّ كُلَّ نُبُوَّةِ الْكِتَابِ لَيْسَتْ مِنْ تَفْسِيرٍ خَاصٍّ.

21 لأَنَّهُ لَمْ تَأْتِ نُبُوَّةٌ قَطُّ بِمَشِيئَةِ إِنْسَانٍ، بَلْ تَكَلَّمَ أُنَاسُ اللهِ الْقِدِّيسُونَ مَسُوقِينَ مِنَ الرُّوحِ الْقُدُسِ.

 

  القرائة الثانية : 2 كورونثوس 3 : 4 -14

4 وَلكِنْ لَنَا ثِقَةٌ مِثْلُ هذِهِ بِالْمَسِيحِ لَدَى اللهِ.

5 لَيْسَ أَنَّنَا كُفَاةٌ مِنْ أَنْفُسِنَا أَنْ نَفْتَكِرَ شَيْئًا كَأَنَّهُ مِنْ أَنْفُسِنَا، بَلْ كِفَايَتُنَا مِنَ اللهِ،

6 الَّذِي جَعَلَنَا كُفَاةً لأَنْ نَكُونَ خُدَّامَ عَهْدٍ جَدِيدٍ. لاَ الْحَرْفِ بَلِ الرُّوحِ. لأَنَّ الْحَرْفَ يَقْتُلُ وَلكِنَّ الرُّوحَ يُحْيِي.

7 ثُمَّ إِنْ كَانَتْ خِدْمَةُ الْمَوْتِ، الْمَنْقُوشَةُ بِأَحْرُفٍ فِي حِجَارَةٍ، قَدْ حَصَلَتْ فِي مَجْدٍ، حَتَّى لَمْ يَقْدِرْ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ أَنْ يَنْظُرُوا إِلَى وَجْهِ مُوسَى لِسَبَبِ مَجْدِ وَجْهِهِ الزَّائِلِ،

8 فَكَيْفَ لاَ تَكُونُ بِالأَوْلَى خِدْمَةُ الرُّوحِ فِي مَجْدٍ؟

9 لأَنَّهُ إِنْ كَانَتْ خِدْمَةُ الدَّيْنُونَةِ مَجْدًا، فَبِالأَوْلَى كَثِيرًا تَزِيدُ خِدْمَةُ الْبِرِّ فِي مَجْدٍ!

10 فَإِنَّ الْمُمَجَّدَ أَيْضًا لَمْ يُمَجَّدْ مِنْ هذَا الْقَبِيلِ لِسَبَبِ الْمَجْدِ الْفَائِقِ.

11 لأَنَّهُ إِنْ كَانَ الزَّائِلُ فِي مَجْدٍ، فَبِالأَوْلَى كَثِيرًا يَكُونُ الدَّائِمُ فِي مَجْدٍ!

12 فَإِذْ لَنَا رَجَاءٌ مِثْلُ هذَا نَسْتَعْمِلُ مُجَاهَرَةً كَثِيرَةً.

13 وَلَيْسَ كَمَا كَانَ مُوسَى يَضَعُ بُرْقُعًا عَلَى وَجْهِهِ لِكَيْ لاَ يَنْظُرَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ إِلَى نِهَايَةِ الزَّائِلِ.

14 بَلْ أُغْلِظَتْ أَذْهَانُهُمْ، لأَنَّهُ حَتَّى الْيَوْمِ ذلِكَ الْبُرْقُعُ نَفْسُهُ عِنْدَ قِرَاءَةِ الْعَهْدِ الْعَتِيقِ بَاق غَيْرُ مُنْكَشِفٍ، الَّذِي يُبْطَلُ فِي الْمَسِيحِ.

قرائة الإنجيل : لوقا 9 : 27 – 36

27 حَقًّا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: إِنَّ مِنَ الْقِيَامِ ههُنَا قَوْمًا لاَ يَذُوقُونَ الْمَوْتَ حَتَّى يَرَوْا مَلَكُوتَ اللهِ».

28 وَبَعْدَ هذَا الْكَلاَمِ بِنَحْوِ ثَمَانِيَةِ أَيَّامٍ، أَخَذَ بُطْرُسَ وَيُوحَنَّا وَيَعْقُوبَ وَصَعِدَ إِلَى جَبَل لِيُصَلِّيَ.

29 وَفِيمَا هُوَ يُصَلِّي صَارَتْ هَيْئَةُ وَجْهِهِ مُتَغَيِّرَةً، وَلِبَاسُهُ مُبْيَضًّا لاَمِعًا.

30 وَإِذَا رَجُلاَنِ يَتَكَلَّمَانِ مَعَهُ، وَهُمَا مُوسَى وَإِيلِيَّا،

31 اَللَّذَانِ ظَهَرَا بِمَجْدٍ، وَتَكَلَّمَا عَنْ خُرُوجِهِ الَّذِي كَانَ عَتِيدًا أَنْ يُكَمِّلَهُ فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ.

32 وَأَمَّا بُطْرُسُ وَاللَّذَانِ مَعَهُ فَكَانُوا قَدْ تَثَقَّلُوا بِالنَّوْمِ. فَلَمَّا اسْتَيْقَظُوا رَأَوْا مَجْدَهُ، وَالرَّجُلَيْنِ الْوَاقِفَيْنِ مَعَهُ.

33 وَفِيمَا هُمَا يُفَارِقَانِهِ قَالَ بُطْرُسُ لِيَسُوعَ: «يَا مُعَلِّمُ، جَيِّدٌ أَنْ نَكُونَ ههُنَا. فَلْنَصْنَعْ ثَلاَثَ مَظَالَّ: لَكَ وَاحِدَةً، وَلِمُوسَى وَاحِدَةً، وَلإِيلِيَّا وَاحِدَةً». وَهُوَ لاَ يَعْلَمُ مَا يَقُولُ.

34 وَفِيمَا هُوَ يَقُولُ ذلِكَ كَانَتْ سَحَابَةٌ فَظَلَّلَتْهُمْ. فَخَافُوا عِنْدَمَا دَخَلُوا فِي السَّحَابَةِ.

35 وَصَارَ صَوْتٌ مِنَ السَّحَابَةِ قَائِلاً: «هذَا هُوَ ابْنِي الْحَبِيبُ. لَهُ اسْمَعُوا».

36 وَلَمَّا كَانَ الصَّوْتُ وُجِدَ يَسُوعُ وَحْدَهُ، وَأَمَّا هُمْ فَسَكَتُوا وَلَمْ يُخْبِرُوا أَحَدًا فِي تِلْكَ الأَيَّامِ بِشَيْءٍ مِمَّا أَبْصَرُوهُ.

 


Sayings of the Saints

A life not lived for others is not a life.
الحياة التي لانعيشها للآخرين هي ليست حياة

— القديسة الأم تيريزا Saint Mother Teresa
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