Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28



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Sunday, 16th April 2017 --- 8 Baramoudah 1733




Today's Readings



Holy Pascha Week

Tuesday of Pascha Week




Season Pascha Week
Tune : Attribis
Strict Abstinence
Theme of the day : Day of teaching Parables in the temple and preaching about the end of the world.

Verse of the Day : Matthew 24:35

First Hour

Exodus 19:1-9
Job 23:2-24:25
Hosea 4:1-8

Psalms 120:2,6,7
John 8:21-29

Third Hour

Deuteronomy 8:11-20
Sirach 2:1-9
Job 27:1-20
Job 28:1-2
Kings 19:9-14

Psalms 119:154,155
Matthew 23:37-24:2

Sixth Hour

Ezekiel 21:3-13
Sirach 4:20-5:2
Isaiah 1:1-9

Psalms 18:48,17
John 8:12-20

Ninth Hour

Genesis 6:5-9:6
Proverbs 9:1-11
Isaiah 40:9-30
Daniel 7:9-15
Proverbs 8:1-12

Psalms 25:1,2,3
Matthew 24:3-35

Eleventh Hour

Isaiah 30:25-30
Proverbs 6:20-7:4

Psalms 45:6-6;41:1-1
Matthew 25:14-26:2

First Hour of eve of Wednesday

Ezekiel 22:17-22
Ezekiel 22:23-29

Psalms 59:16,17
Matthew 22:1-14

Third Hour of eve of Wednesday

Amos 5:18-27
Psalms 65:4
Matthew 24:36-51

Sixth Hour of eve of Wednesday

Jeremiah 13:9-14
Psalms 102:1,2
Matthew 25:1-13

Ninth Hour of eve of Wednesday

Hosea 9:14-10:2
Psalms 22:20-21
Matthew 23:29-36

Eleventh Hour of eve of Wednesday

Wisdom 7:24-30
Psalms 57:1
John 11:55-57

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Not being read in the Church during this period.

Day 8 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Baramoudah, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins after forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers.
Amen.

The Eighth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramoudah

Martyrdom of the Holy Virgins : Agape, Eirene, and Shiona

      On this day the three holy virgins: Agape, Eirene, and Shiona (Susinia) were martyred. They were from Thessalonica, and worshipped Christ as their parents. They chose the life of chastity and they agreed to devote themselves to the ascetic life. They fasted and prayed unceasingly, visited the convents often and participated with the virgins in their prayers and asceticism. When Maximianus the infidel, reigned, he restored the worship of the idols and shed the blood of many Christians. These saints were afraid and they fled to the mountain and hid themselves in a cave devoting themselves to their worship and asceticism. Every week, an aged Christian woman visited them bringing all things needed and took the work of their hands to sell it, and distributed the remainder as alms to the poor. One day a malicious person observed the frequent visits of this old woman to the mountain, he followed her secretly until he knew the cave that she entered. He hid himself so she did not see him on her way back, and he thought that she was hiding precious things in it. After she left the cave by a distance he entered the cave and he found the precious pearls the prides of the Christ standing praying. He bound them, dragged them away, and brought them to the Governor of Thessalonica. He asked them about their faith, they confessed that they were Christians worshipping that Who was Crucified. The Governor became wrath with them, tortured them much, then cast them into the fire, and they delivered up their souls and received the crown of martyrdom.

May their prayers be with us. Amen.

Martyrdom of the One Hundred and Fifty believers by the hand of the King of Persia

      On this day also is the commemoration of the incident of the martyrdom of one hundred and fifty believers by the king of Persia. This king besieged Christian cities which were near the borders of his country, and captured many of them. When they refused to worship the sun and the stars, he commanded to cut off their heads, and they received the crowns of martyrdom.

May their prayers be with us and glory be to God forever. Amen.


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