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St. Joseph’s Revelation

1st. Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-14

1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 

2Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 

3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 

4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 

5Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 

7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 

9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 

10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 

11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 

12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand. 

13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. 

14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

2nd.Reading: Ephesians 2:19-3:9

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 

20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, 

21 in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 

22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles– 

2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 

3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 

4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 

5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 

6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 

7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. 

8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 

9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Matthew 1: 18-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 

20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 

25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

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

 أحد وحي يوسف

 القرائة الأولى : 1 بطرس 5 : 1 – 14

1 أَطْلُبُ إِلَى الشُّيُوخِ الَّذِينَ بَيْنَكُمْ، أَنَا الشَّيْخَ رَفِيقَهُمْ، وَالشَّاهِدَ لآلاَمِ الْمَسِيحِ، وَشَرِيكَ الْمَجْدِ الْعَتِيدِ أَنْ يُعْلَنَ،

2 ارْعَوْا رَعِيَّةَ اللهِ الَّتِي بَيْنَكُمْ نُظَّارًا، لاَ عَنِ اضْطِرَارٍ بَلْ بِالاخْتِيَارِ، وَلاَ لِرِبْحٍ قَبِيحٍ بَلْ بِنَشَاطٍ،

3 وَلاَ كَمَنْ يَسُودُ عَلَى الأَنْصِبَةِ، بَلْ صَائِرِينَ أَمْثِلَةً لِلرَّعِيَّةِ.

4 وَمَتَى ظَهَرَ رَئِيسُ الرُّعَاةِ تَنَالُونَ إِكْلِيلَ الْمَجْدِ الَّذِي لاَ يَبْلَى.

5 كَذلِكَ أَيُّهَا الأَحْدَاثُ، اخْضَعُوا لِلشُّيُوخِ، وَكُونُوا جَمِيعًا خَاضِعِينَ بَعْضُكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ، وَتَسَرْبَلُوا بِالتَّوَاضُعِ، لأَنَّ: «اللهَ يُقَاوِمُ الْمُسْتَكْبِرِينَ، وَأَمَّا الْمُتَوَاضِعُونَ فَيُعْطِيهِمْ نِعْمَةً».

6 فَتَوَاضَعُوا تَحْتَ يَدِ اللهِ الْقَوِيَّةِ لِكَيْ يَرْفَعَكُمْ فِي حِينِهِ،

7 مُلْقِينَ كُلَّ هَمِّكُمْ عَلَيْهِ، لأَنَّهُ هُوَ يَعْتَنِي بِكُمْ.

8 اُصْحُوا وَاسْهَرُوا. لأَنَّ إِبْلِيسَ خَصْمَكُمْ كَأَسَدٍ زَائِرٍ، يَجُولُ مُلْتَمِسًا مَنْ يَبْتَلِعُهُ هُوَ.

9 فَقَاوِمُوهُ، رَاسِخِينَ فِي الإِيمَانِ، عَالِمِينَ أَنَّ نَفْسَ هذِهِ الآلاَمِ تُجْرَى عَلَى إِخْوَتِكُمُ الَّذِينَ فِي الْعَالَمِ.

10 وَإِلهُ كُلِّ نِعْمَةٍ الَّذِي دَعَانَا إِلَى مَجْدِهِ الأَبَدِيِّ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ، بَعْدَمَا تَأَلَّمْتُمْ يَسِيرًا، هُوَ يُكَمِّلُكُمْ، وَيُثَبِّتُكُمْ، وَيُقَوِّيكُمْ، وَيُمَكِّنُكُمْ.

11 لَهُ الْمَجْدُ وَالسُّلْطَانُ إِلَى أَبَدِ الآبِدِينَ. آمِينَ.

12 بِيَدِ سِلْوَانُسَ الأَخِ الأَمِينِ،­كَمَا أَظُنُّ­ كَتَبْتُ إِلَيْكُمْ بِكَلِمَاتٍ قَلِيلَةٍ وَاعِظًا وَشَاهِدًا، أَنَّ هذِهِ هِيَ نِعْمَةُ اللهِ الْحَقِيقِيَّةُ الَّتِي فِيهَا تَقُومُونَ.

13 تُسَلِّمُ عَلَيْكُمُ الَّتِي فِي بَابِلَ الْمُخْتَارَةُ مَعَكُمْ، وَمَرْقُسُ ابْنِي.

14 سَلِّمُوا بَعْضُكُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ بِقُبْلَةِ الْمَحَبَّةِ. سَلاَمٌ لَكُمْ جَمِيعِكُمُ الَّذِينَ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ. آمِينَ.

القرائة الثانية : أفسس 2 : 19 –  3 : 9

19 فَلَسْتُمْ إِذًا بَعْدُ غُرَبَاءَ وَنُزُلاً، بَلْ رَعِيَّةٌ مَعَ الْقِدِّيسِينَ وَأَهْلِ بَيْتِ اللهِ،

20 مَبْنِيِّينَ عَلَى أَسَاسِ الرُّسُلِ وَالأَنْبِيَاءِ، وَيَسُوعُ الْمَسِيحُ نَفْسُهُ حَجَرُ الزَّاوِيَةِ،

21 الَّذِي فِيهِ كُلُّ الْبِنَاءِ مُرَكَّبًا مَعًا، يَنْمُو هَيْكَلاً مُقَدَّسًا فِي الرَّبِّ.

22 الَّذِي فِيهِ أَنْتُمْ أَيْضًا مَبْنِيُّونَ مَعًا، مَسْكَنًا للهِ فِي الرُّوحِ.

1 بِسَبَبِ هذَا أَنَا بُولُسُ، أَسِيرُ الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ لأَجْلِكُمْ أَيُّهَا الأُمَمُ،

2 إِنْ كُنْتُمْ قَدْ سَمِعْتُمْ بِتَدْبِيرِ نِعْمَةِ اللهِ الْمُعْطَاةِ لِي لأَجْلِكُمْ.

3 أَنَّهُ بِإِعْلاَنٍ عَرَّفَنِي بِالسِّرِّ. كَمَا سَبَقْتُ فَكَتَبْتُ بِالإِيجَازِ.

4 الَّذِي بِحَسَبِهِ حِينَمَا تَقْرَأُونَهُ، تَقْدِرُونَ أَنْ تَفْهَمُوا دِرَايَتِي بِسِرِّ الْمَسِيحِ.

5 الَّذِي فِي أَجْيَال أُخَرَ لَمْ يُعَرَّفْ بِهِ بَنُو الْبَشَرِ، كَمَا قَدْ أُعْلِنَ الآنَ لِرُسُلِهِ الْقِدِّيسِينَ وَأَنْبِيَائِهِ بِالرُّوحِ:

6 أَنَّ الأُمَمَ شُرَكَاءُ فِي الْمِيرَاثِ وَالْجَسَدِ وَنَوَالِ مَوْعِدِهِ فِي الْمَسِيحِ بِالإِنْجِيلِ.

7 الَّذِي صِرْتُ أَنَا خَادِمًا لَهُ حَسَبَ مَوْهِبَةِ نِعْمَةِ اللهِ الْمُعْطَاةِ لِي حَسَبَ فِعْلِ قُوَّتِهِ.

8 لِي أَنَا أَصْغَرَ جَمِيعِ الْقِدِّيسِينَ، أُعْطِيَتْ هذِهِ النِّعْمَةُ، أَنْ أُبَشِّرَ بَيْنَ الأُمَمِ بِغِنَى الْمَسِيحِ الَّذِي لاَ يُسْتَقْصَى،

9 وَأُنِيرَ الْجَمِيعَ فِي مَا هُوَ شَرِكَةُ السِّرِّ الْمَكْتُومِ مُنْذُ الدُّهُورِ فِي اللهِ خَالِقِ الْجَمِيعِ بِيَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ.

قرائة الأنجيل : متى 1 : 18 – 25

18 أَمَّا وِلاَدَةُ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ فَكَانَتْ هكَذَا: لَمَّا كَانَتْ مَرْيَمُ أُمُّهُ مَخْطُوبَةً لِيُوسُفَ، قَبْلَ أَنْ يَجْتَمِعَا، وُجِدَتْ حُبْلَى مِنَ الرُّوحِ الْقُدُسِ.

 19 فَيُوسُفُ رَجُلُهَا إِذْ كَانَ بَارًّا، وَلَمْ يَشَأْ أَنْ يُشْهِرَهَا، أَرَادَ تَخْلِيَتَهَا سِرًّا.

20 وَلكِنْ فِيمَا هُوَ مُتَفَكِّرٌ فِي هذِهِ الأُمُورِ، إِذَا مَلاَكُ الرَّبِّ قَدْ ظَهَرَ لَهُ فِي حُلْمٍ قَائِلاً: «يَا يُوسُفُ ابْنَ دَاوُدَ، لاَ تَخَفْ أَنْ تَأْخُذَ مَرْيَمَ امْرَأَتَكَ. لأَنَّ الَّذِي حُبِلَ بِهِ فِيهَا هُوَ مِنَ الرُّوحِ الْقُدُسِ.

21 فَسَتَلِدُ ابْنًا وَتَدْعُو اسْمَهُ يَسُوعَ. لأَنَّهُ يُخَلِّصُ شَعْبَهُ مِنْ خَطَايَاهُمْ».

22 وَهذَا كُلُّهُ كَانَ لِكَيْ يَتِمَّ مَا قِيلَ مِنَ الرَّبِّ بِالنَّبِيِّ الْقَائِلِ:

23 «هُوَذَا الْعَذْرَاءُ تَحْبَلُ وَتَلِدُ ابْنًا، وَيَدْعُونَ اسْمَهُ عِمَّانُوئِيلَ» الَّذِي تَفْسِيرُهُ: اَللهُ مَعَنَا.

24 فَلَمَّا اسْتَيْقَظَ يُوسُفُ مِنَ النَّوْمِ فَعَلَ كَمَا أَمَرَهُ مَلاَكُ الرَّبِّ، وَأَخَذَ امْرَأَتَهُ.

25 وَلَمْ يَعْرِفْهَا حَتَّى وَلَدَتِ ابْنَهَا الْبِكْرَ. وَدَعَا اسْمَهُ يَسُوعَ.

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.

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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.

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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.


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Sayings of the Saints

A great mystery my brethren: God is above all. If you exalt yourself you cannot touch Him. Humble yourself, however, and he will come down to you.
سرّ عظيم يا أخوتي: الله هو فوق الكل. ترفع نفسك فلا تلمسه. تضع ذاتك فينزل إليك

— Saying by Saint Augustineقول القديس أوغسطينوس
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