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Sixth of the General Sundays

1st. Reading: Acts 18:1-11

1 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.

2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.

3 So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers.

4And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.

5 When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.

6 But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”

7 And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue.

8 Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.

9 Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent;

10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”

11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

2nd.Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 

2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 

3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 

4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 

5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 

6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 

7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 

8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. 

9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 

10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 

11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 

12that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

Gospel: Luke 18:18-30

18 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ “

21 And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”

22So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

23 But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.

24 And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!

25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”

27But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

28Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.”

29 So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,

30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Fifth of the General Sundays

1st. Reading: Acts 26:1-17

1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself: 

2 “I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, 

3 especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently. 

4 My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know. 

5 They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. 

6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. 

7 To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope’s sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. 

8 Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead? 

9 Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 

10 This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 

11 And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. 

12 “While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 

13at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. 

14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 

15 So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 

16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 

17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,

2nd.Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-10

1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 

2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 

4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 

6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 

7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle–I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying–a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 

8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 

9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 

10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.

Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12

1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 

2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 

3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 

4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers 

5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 

6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 

7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 

8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 

9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 

10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 

11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 

12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 

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Sayings of the Saints

You must reserve time that you will spend with God in prayer, meditation, and in reading the Holy Bible and we suggest that the minimum time should be twenty minutes, daily and regularly.
يجب ان نخصص وقتاً نقضيه مع اللّه كل يوم في صلاة وتأمل وقراءة في الكتاب المقدس ، ونقترح أن يكون الحد الأدنى لهذا الأمر هو عشرون دقيقة كل يوم وبإنتظام.

— الأنبا انطونيوس الكبير St. Antony the Great
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