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Nativity of St. John the Baptist

1st. Reading: 1 Peter 2: 11-25

11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 

12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 

13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 

14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 

15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men– 

16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 

17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. 

18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 

19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 

20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 

21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 

22 “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; 

23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 

24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed. 

25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

2nd.Reading: Galatians 4:19-29

19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, 

20 I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you. 

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?

22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 

23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 

24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar– 

25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children– 

26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 

27 For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children Than she who has a husband.” 

28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 

29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 

Gospel: Luke 1: 57-80

57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son.

58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. 

59 So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. 

60 His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.” 

61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” 

62 So they made signs to his father–what he would have him called. 

63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. 

64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. 

65Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. 

66 And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him. 

67 Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 

68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, 

69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David, 

70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began,

71 That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us, 

72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, 

73 The oath which He swore to our father Abraham: 

74 To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 

75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. 

76And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, 

77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins,

78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; 

79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.” 

80 So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

أحد ميلاد يوحنا المعمدان

القرائة الأولى:   1 بطرس 2: 11-25

11 بَاحِثِينَ أَيُّ وَقْتٍ أَوْ مَا الْوَقْتُ الَّذِي كَانَ يَدِلُّ عَلَيْهِ رُوحُ الْمَسِيحِ الَّذِي فِيهِمْ، إِذْ سَبَقَ فَشَهِدَ بِالآلاَمِ الَّتِي لِلْمَسِيحِ، وَالأَمْجَادِ الَّتِي بَعْدَهَا.

12 الَّذِينَ أُعْلِنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُمْ لَيْسَ لأَنْفُسِهِمْ، بَلْ لَنَا كَانُوا يَخْدِمُونَ بِهذِهِ الأُمُورِ الَّتِي أُخْبِرْتُمْ بِهَا أَنْتُمُ الآنَ، بِوَاسِطَةِ الَّذِينَ بَشَّرُوكُمْ فِي الرُّوحِ الْقُدُسِ الْمُرْسَلِ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ. الَّتِي تَشْتَهِي الْمَلاَئِكَةُ أَنْ تَطَّلِعَ عَلَيْهَا.

13 لِذلِكَ مَنْطِقُوا أَحْقَاءَ ذِهْنِكُمْ صَاحِينَ، فَأَلْقُوا رَجَاءَكُمْ بِالتَّمَامِ عَلَى النِّعْمَةِ الَّتِي يُؤْتَى بِهَا إِلَيْكُمْ عِنْدَ اسْتِعْلاَنِ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ.

14 كَأَوْلاَدِ الطَّاعَةِ، لاَ تُشَاكِلُوا شَهَوَاتِكُمُ السَّابِقَةَ فِي جَهَالَتِكُمْ،

15 بَلْ نَظِيرَ الْقُدُّوسِ الَّذِي دَعَاكُمْ، كُونُوا أَنْتُمْ أَيْضًا قِدِّيسِينَ فِي كُلِّ سِيرَةٍ.

16 لأَنَّهُ مَكْتُوبٌ: «كُونُوا قِدِّيسِينَ لأَنِّي أَنَا قُدُّوسٌ».

17 وَإِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَدْعُونَ أَبًا الَّذِي يَحْكُمُ بِغَيْرِ مُحَابَاةٍ حَسَبَ عَمَلِ كُلِّ وَاحِدٍ، فَسِيرُوا زَمَانَ غُرْبَتِكُمْ بِخَوْفٍ،

18 عَالِمِينَ أَنَّكُمُ افْتُدِيتُمْ لاَ بِأَشْيَاءَ تَفْنَى، بِفِضَّةٍ أَوْ ذَهَبٍ، مِنْ سِيرَتِكُمُ الْبَاطِلَةِ الَّتِي تَقَلَّدْتُمُوهَا مِنَ الآبَاءِ،

19 بَلْ بِدَمٍ كَرِيمٍ، كَمَا مِنْ حَمَل بِلاَ عَيْبٍ وَلاَ دَنَسٍ، دَمِ الْمَسِيحِ،

20 مَعْرُوفًا سَابِقًا قَبْلَ تَأْسِيسِ الْعَالَمِ، وَلكِنْ قَدْ أُظْهِرَ فِي الأَزْمِنَةِ الأَخِيرَةِ مِنْ أَجْلِكُمْ،

21 أَنْتُمُ الَّذِينَ بِهِ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللهِ الَّذِي أَقَامَهُ مِنَ الأَمْوَاتِ وَأَعْطَاهُ مَجْدًا، حَتَّى إِنَّ إِيمَانَكُمْ وَرَجَاءَكُمْ هُمَا فِي اللهِ.

22 طَهِّرُوا نُفُوسَكُمْ فِي طَاعَةِ الْحَقِّ بِالرُّوحِ لِلْمَحَبَّةِ الأَخَوِيَّةِ الْعَدِيمَةِ الرِّيَاءِ، فَأَحِبُّوا بَعْضُكُمْ بَعْضًا مِنْ قَلْبٍ طَاهِرٍ بِشِدَّةٍ.

23 مَوْلُودِينَ ثَانِيَةً، لاَ مِنْ زَرْعٍ يَفْنَى، بَلْ مِمَّا لاَ يَفْنَى، بِكَلِمَةِ اللهِ الْحَيَّةِ الْبَاقِيَةِ إِلَى الأَبَدِ.

24 لأَنَّ: «كُلَّ جَسَدٍ كَعُشْبٍ، وَكُلَّ مَجْدِ إِنْسَانٍ كَزَهْرِ عُشْبٍ. الْعُشْبُ يَبِسَ وَزَهْرُهُ سَقَطَ،

25 وَأَمَّا كَلِمَةُ الرَّبِّ فَتَثْبُتُ إِلَى الأَبَدِ». وَهذِهِ هِيَ الْكَلِمَةُ الَّتِي بُشِّرْتُمْ بِهَا.

  القرائة الثانية : غلاطية 4 : 19- 29

19 يَا أَوْلاَدِي الَّذِينَ أَتَمَخَّضُ بِكُمْ أَيْضًا إِلَى أَنْ يَتَصَوَّرَ الْمَسِيحُ فِيكُمْ.

20 وَلكِنِّي كُنْتُ أُرِيدُ أَنْ أَكُونَ حَاضِرًا عِنْدَكُمُ الآنَ وَأُغَيِّرَ صَوْتِي، لأَنِّي مُتَحَيِّرٌ فِيكُمْ!

21 قُولُوا لِي، أَنْتُمُ الَّذِينَ تُرِيدُونَ أَنْ تَكُونُوا تَحْتَ النَّامُوسِ: أَلَسْتُمْ تَسْمَعُونَ النَّامُوسَ؟

22 فَإِنَّهُ مَكْتُوبٌ أَنَّهُ كَانَ لإِبْرَاهِيمَ ابْنَانِ، وَاحِدٌ مِنَ الْجَارِيَةِ وَالآخَرُ مِنَ الْحُرَّةِ.

23 لكِنَّ الَّذِي مِنَ الْجَارِيَةِ وُلِدَ حَسَبَ الْجَسَدِ، وَأَمَّا الَّذِي مِنَ الْحُرَّةِ فَبِالْمَوْعِدِ.

24 وَكُلُّ ذلِكَ رَمْزٌ، لأَنَّ هَاتَيْنِ هُمَا الْعَهْدَانِ، أَحَدُهُمَا مِنْ جَبَلِ سِينَاءَ، الْوَالِدُ لِلْعُبُودِيَّةِ، الَّذِي هُوَ هَاجَرُ.

25 لأَنَّ هَاجَرَ جَبَلُ سِينَاءَ فِي الْعَرَبِيَّةِ. وَلكِنَّهُ يُقَابِلُ أُورُشَلِيمَ الْحَاضِرَةَ، فَإِنَّهَا مُسْتَعْبَدَةٌ مَعَ بَنِيهَا.

26 وَأَمَّا أُورُشَلِيمُ الْعُلْيَا، الَّتِي هِيَ أُمُّنَا جَمِيعًا، فَهِيَ حُرَّةٌ.

27 لأَنَّهُ مَكْتُوبٌ: «افْرَحِي أَيَّتُهَا الْعَاقِرُ الَّتِي لَمْ تَلِدْ. اِهْتِفِي وَاصْرُخِي أَيَّتُهَا الَّتِي لَمْ تَتَمَخَّضْ، فَإِنَّ أَوْلاَدَ الْمُوحِشَةِ أَكْثَرُ مِنَ الَّتِي لَهَا زَوْجٌ».

28 وَأَمَّا نَحْنُ أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ فَنَظِيرُ إِسْحَاقَ، أَوْلاَدُ الْمَوْعِدِ.

29 وَلكِنْ كَمَا كَانَ حِينَئِذٍ الَّذِي وُلِدَ حَسَبَ الْجَسَدِ يَضْطَهِدُ الَّذِي حَسَبَ الرُّوحِ، هكَذَا الآنَ أَيْضًا.

أنجيل لوقا 1: 57-80

57 وَأَمَّا أَلِيصَابَاتُ فَتَمَّ زَمَانُهَا لِتَلِدَ، فَوَلَدَتِ ابْنًا.

58 وَسَمِعَ جِيرَانُهَا وَأَقْرِبَاؤُهَا أَنَّ الرَّبَّ عَظَّمَ رَحْمَتَهُ لَهَا، فَفَرِحُوا مَعَهَا.

59 وَفِي الْيَوْمِ الثَّامِنِ جَاءُوا لِيَخْتِنُوا الصَّبِيَّ، وَسَمَّوْهُ بِاسْمِ أَبِيهِ زَكَرِيَّا.

60 فَأَجَابَتْ أمُّهُ وَقَالَتْ: «لاَ! بَلْ يُسَمَّى يُوحَنَّا».

61 فَقَالُوا لَهَا: «لَيْسَ أَحَدٌ فِي عَشِيرَتِكِ تَسَمَّى بِهذَا الاسْمِ».

62 ثُمَّ أَوْمَأُوا إِلَى أَبِيهِ، مَاذَا يُرِيدُ أَنْ يُسَمَّى.

63 فَطَلَبَ لَوْحًا وَكَتَبَ قِائِلاً: «اسْمُهُ يُوحَنَّا». فَتَعَجَّبَ الْجَمِيعُ.

64 وَفِي الْحَالِ انْفَتَحَ فَمُهُ وَلِسَانُهُ وَتَكَلَّمَ وَبَارَكَ اللهَ.

65 فَوَقَعَ خَوْفٌ عَلَى كُلِّ جِيرَانِهِمْ. وَتُحُدِّثَ بِهذِهِ الأُمُورِ جَمِيعِهَا فِي كُلِّ جِبَالِ الْيَهُودِيَّةِ،

66 فَأَوْدَعَهَا جَمِيعُ السَّامِعِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ قَائِلِينَ: «أَتَرَى مَاذَا يَكُونُ هذَا الصَّبِيُّ؟» وَكَانَتْ يَدُ الرَّبِّ مَعَهُ.

67 وَامْتَلأَ زَكَرِيَّا أَبُوهُ مِنَ الرُّوحِ الْقُدُسِ، وَتَنَبَّأَ قَائِلاً:

68 «مُبَارَكٌ الرَّبُّ إِلهُ إِسْرَائِيلَ لأَنَّهُ افْتَقَدَ وَصَنَعَ فِدَاءً لِشَعْبِهِ،

69 وَأَقَامَ لَنَا قَرْنَ خَلاَصٍ فِي بَيْتِ دَاوُدَ فَتَاهُ.

70 كَمَا تَكَلَّمَ بِفَمِ أَنْبِيَائِهِ الْقِدِّيسِينَ الَّذِينَ هُمْ مُنْذُ الدَّهْرِ،

71 خَلاَصٍ مِنْ أَعْدَائِنَا وَمِنْ أَيْدِي جَمِيعِ مُبْغِضِينَا.

72 لِيَصْنَعَ رَحْمَةً مَعَ آبَائِنَا وَيَذْكُرَ عَهْدَهُ الْمُقَدَّسَ،

73 الْقَسَمَ الَّذِي حَلَفَ لإِبْرَاهِيمَ أَبِينَا:

74 أَنْ يُعْطِيَنَا إِنَّنَا بِلاَ خَوْفٍ، مُنْقَذِينَ مِنْ أَيْدِي أَعْدَائِنَا، نَعْبُدُهُ

75 بِقَدَاسَةٍ وَبِرّ قُدَّامَهُ جَمِيعَ أَيَّامِ حَيَاتِنَا.

76 وَأَنْتَ أَيُّهَا الصَّبِيُّ نَبِيَّ الْعَلِيِّ تُدْعَى، لأَنَّكَ تَتَقَدَّمُ أَمَامَ وَجْهِ الرَّبِّ لِتُعِدَّ طُرُقَهُ.

77 لِتُعْطِيَ شَعْبَهُ مَعْرِفَةَ الْخَلاَصِ بِمَغْفِرَةِ خَطَايَاهُمْ،

78 بِأَحْشَاءِ رَحْمَةِ إِلهِنَا الَّتِي بِهَا افْتَقَدَنَا الْمُشْرَقُ مِنَ الْعَلاَءِ.

79 لِيُضِيءَ عَلَى الْجَالِسِينَ فِي الظُّلْمَةِ وَظِلاَلِ الْمَوْتِ، لِكَيْ يَهْدِيَ أَقْدَامَنَا فِي طَرِيقِ السَّلاَمِ».

80 أَمَّا الصَّبِيُّ فَكَانَ يَنْمُو وَيَتَقَوَّى بِالرُّوحِ، وَكَانَ فِي الْبَرَارِي إِلَى يَوْمِ ظُهُورِهِ لإِسْرَائِيلَ.

Sayings of the Saints

A servant of the Lord is someone whom Christ washed his filthy feet, and washes them every day… he, therefore, wholeheartedly walks with Jesus to wash the filth of all people.
الخادم هو إنسان غسل يسوع قدميه القذرتين، و يغسلها كل يوم… من أجل ذلك هو يجول مع يسوع من كل قلبه ليغسل أقذار كل

— Father Bishoy Kamel ابونا بيشوى كامل
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