[{ "Type":"Baramoudah 14", "PaulineEpistle":0, "CatholicEpistle":0, "Acts":0, "Psalm":0, "Prophecy":0, "Gospel":0 }, { "Type":"Readings for Mon, April 22nd - Monday of the seventh week of Great Lent - Coptic Lectionary - CopticChurch.net .reading-text { font-size: 1.2rem; } .text-muted { font-size: 1.2rem; } Today^s Readings Intro Faith Theology Patrology Sermons Worship Liturgy Hymns Heritage Lives of Saints Coptic Calendar Coptic Language Pope Tawadros II Pope Shenouda III Arabic Bible Find a Church Readings for Mon, April 22nd Monday of the seventh week of Great Lent", "PaulineEpistle":0, "CatholicEpistle":0, "Acts":0, "Prophecy":0, "Psalm":"Matins Liturgy", "Gospel":"Matins Liturgy" }, { "Type":"Matins", "PaulineEpistle":0, "CatholicEpistle":0, "Acts":0, "Prophecy":0, "Psalm":"Prophecies Proverbs 10:1-16 RETURN The proverbs of Solomon: RETURN         A wise son makes a glad father, RETURN         But a foolish son is the grief of his mother. RETURN         Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, RETURN         But righteousness delivers from death. RETURN         The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish, RETURN         But He casts away the desire of the wicked. RETURN         He who has a slack hand becomes poor, RETURN         But the hand of the diligent makes rich. RETURN         He who gathers in summer is a wise son; RETURN         He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame. RETURN         Blessings are on the head of the righteous, RETURN         But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. RETURN         The memory of the righteous is blessed, RETURN         But the name of the wicked will rot. RETURN         The wise in heart will receive commands, RETURN         But a prating fool will fall. RETURN         He who walks with integrity walks securely, RETURN         But he who perverts his ways will become known. RETURN         He who winks with the eye causes trouble, RETURN         But a prating fool will fall. RETURN         The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, RETURN         But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. RETURN         Hatred stirs up strife, RETURN         But love covers all sins. RETURN         Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, RETURN         But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. RETURN         Wise people store up knowledge, RETURN         But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. RETURN         The rich man's wealth is his strong city; RETURN         The destruction of the poor is their poverty. RETURN         The labor of the righteous leads to life, RETURN         The wages of the wicked to sin. RETURN RETURN RETURN Isaiah 48:17-end ; Isaiah 49:1-4 RETURN RETURN Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, RETURN         The Holy One of Israel: RETURN         \"I am the LORD your God, RETURN         Who teaches you to profit, RETURN         Who leads you by the way you should go. RETURN         Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! RETURN         Then your peace would have been like a river, RETURN         And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. RETURN         Your descendants also would have been like the sand, RETURN         And the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; RETURN         His name would not have been cut off RETURN         Nor destroyed from before Me.\" RETURN         Go forth from Babylon! RETURN         Flee from the Chaldeans! RETURN         With a voice of singing, RETURN         Declare, proclaim this, RETURN         Utter it to the end of the earth; RETURN         Say, \"The LORD has redeemed RETURN         His servant Jacob!\" RETURN         And they did not thirst RETURN         When He led them through the deserts; RETURN         He caused the waters to flow from the rock for them; RETURN         He also split the rock, and the waters gushed out. RETURN         \"There is no peace,\" says the LORD, \"for the wicked.\" \"Listen, O coastlands, to Me, RETURN         And take heed, you peoples from afar! RETURN         The LORD has called Me from the womb; RETURN         From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name. RETURN         And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; RETURN         In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, RETURN         And made Me a polished shaft; RETURN         In His quiver He has hidden Me.\" RETURN         \"And He said to me, RETURN         \"You are My servant, O Israel, RETURN         In whom I will be glorified.' RETURN         Then I said, \"I have labored in vain, RETURN         I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; RETURN         Yet surely my just reward is with the LORD, RETURN         And my work with my God.\"' RETURN RETURN RETURN Job 38:1-36RETURN Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: RETURN         \"Who is this who darkens counsel RETURN         By words without knowledge? RETURN         Now prepare yourself like a man; RETURN         I will question you, and you shall answer Me. RETURN         \"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? RETURN         Tell Me, if you have understanding. RETURN         Who determined its measurements? RETURN         Surely you know! RETURN         Or who stretched the line upon it? RETURN         To what were its foundations fastened? RETURN         Or who laid its cornerstone, RETURN         When the morning stars sang together, RETURN         And all the sons of God shouted for joy? RETURN         \"Or who shut in the sea with doors, RETURN         When it burst forth and issued from the womb; RETURN         When I made the clouds its garment, RETURN         And thick darkness its swaddling band; RETURN         When I fixed My limit for it, RETURN         And set bars and doors; RETURN         When I said, RETURN         \"This far you may come, but no farther, RETURN         And here your proud waves must stop!' RETURN         \"Have you commanded the morning since your days began, RETURN         And caused the dawn to know its place, RETURN         That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, RETURN         And the wicked be shaken out of it? RETURN         It takes on form like clay under a seal, RETURN         And stands out like a garment. RETURN         From the wicked their light is withheld, RETURN         And the upraised arm is broken. RETURN         \"Have you entered the springs of the sea? RETURN         Or have you walked in search of the depths? RETURN         Have the gates of death been revealed to you? RETURN         Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death? RETURN         Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? RETURN         Tell Me, if you know all this. RETURN         \"Where is the way to the dwelling of light? RETURN         And darkness, where is its place, RETURN         That you may take it to its territory, RETURN         That you may know the paths to its home? RETURN         Do you know it, because you were born then, RETURN         Or because the number of your days is great? RETURN         \"Have you entered the treasury of snow, RETURN         Or have you seen the treasury of hail, RETURN         Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, RETURN         For the day of battle and war? RETURN         By what way is light diffused, RETURN         Or the east wind scattered over the earth? RETURN         \"Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water, RETURN         Or a path for the thunderbolt, RETURN         To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one, RETURN         A wilderness in which there is no man; RETURN         To satisfy the desolate waste, RETURN         And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass? RETURN         Has the rain a father? RETURN         Or who has begotten the drops of dew? RETURN         From whose womb comes the ice? RETURN         And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth? RETURN         The waters harden like stone, RETURN         And the surface of the deep is frozen. From the psalms of our teacher David the prophet, may his blessings be with us Amen. Psalm 32:10-11 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; RETURN         But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. RETURN         Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; RETURN         And shout for joy, all you upright in heart! ", "Gospel":" Luke 16:19-31 \"There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. RETURN RETURN \"Then he cried and said, \"Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' But Abraham said, \"Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' RETURN RETURN \"Then he said, \"I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' Abraham said to him, \"They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, \"No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, \"If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.\"'" }, { "Type":"Liturgy", "PaulineEpistle":" From the epistle of teacher St. Paul the apostle to the (...), may his blessings be with us Amen. Romans 14:10— & Romans 15:1-2 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: RETURN         \"As I live, says the LORD, RETURN         Every knee shall bow to Me, RETURN         And every tongue shall confess to God.\" RETURN RETURN So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way. I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. RETURN RETURN Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. The grace of God the Father be with you all. Amen. Catholic Epistle The catholic epistle from the epistle of our teacher St. (...), may his blessings be with us Amen. My beloved. James 2:5-13 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? RETURN RETURN If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, \"You shall love your neighbor as yourself,\" you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, \"Do not commit adultery,\" also said, \"Do not murder.\" Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. Do not love the world nor the things in the world. The world passes away, and its desires; but he who does the will of God abides forever. Amen. Acts of the Apostles The Acts of our fathers the Apostles, may their holy blessings be with us all. Amen. Acts 9:22-31 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. RETURN RETURN Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket. RETURN RETURN And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus. RETURN RETURN Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty, and be confirmed in the holy Church of God. Amen. Synaxarium The Departure of the Holy Father Anba Maximus The Fifteenth Pope of Alexandria. Stand up in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel. A chapter according to St. (...) may his blessing be with us all amen. Psalm From the psalms of our teacher David the prophet, may his blessings be with us Amen. Psalm 86:12 & Psalm 86:13 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, RETURN         And I will glorify Your name forevermore. For great is Your mercy toward me, RETURN         And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. Gospel John 5:31-47 \"If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish--the very works that I do--bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. RETURN RETURN \"I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you--Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?\" If you have benefited from this site, please help us support this project through your donations. All donations are tax deductible. Sponsored by St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, Jersey City, NJ Back to top", "CatholicEpistle":" The catholic epistle from the epistle of our teacher St. (...), may his blessings be with us Amen. My beloved. James 2:5-13 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? RETURN RETURN If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, \"You shall love your neighbor as yourself,\" you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, \"Do not commit adultery,\" also said, \"Do not murder.\" Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. Do not love the world nor the things in the world. The world passes away, and its desires; but he who does the will of God abides forever. Amen. ", "Acts":" 9:22-31 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. RETURN RETURN Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket. RETURN RETURN And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus. RETURN RETURN Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty, and be confirmed in the holy Church of God. Amen. ", "Psalm":" 86:13 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, RETURN         And I will glorify Your name forevermore. For great is Your mercy toward me, RETURN         And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. ", "Prophecy":0, "Gospel":" John 5:31-47 \"If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish--the very works that I do--bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. RETURN RETURN \"I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you--Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?\" If you have benefited from this site, please help us support this project through your donations. All donations are tax deductible. Sponsored by St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, Jersey City, NJ Back to top" }]