Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Midlands, U.K.

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Sunday, 7th February 2016 --- 29 Tubah 1732

Today's Readings

Readings for The Fifth Sunday


Vespers Psalm

From the Psalms of our teacher David the prophet.
May his blessings be with us all.

Psalms 15 : 1 - 2

Chapter 15

1LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
2He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Our Lord God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, the Living Son of God to whom be glory forever.

Vespers Gospel

Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel.
A reading from the Gospel according to our teacher Saint John the Evangelist.
May His Blessings be with us all.

John 4 : 46 - 53

Chapter 4

46So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.
47When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
48Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe."
49The nobleman said to Him, "Sir, come down before my child dies!"
50Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your son lives." So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
51And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, "Your son lives!"
52Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him."
53So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." And he himself believed, and his whole household.

And Glory be to God forever.

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Matins Psalm

From the Psalms of our teacher David the prophet.
May his blessings be with us all.

Psalms 24 : 3 - 4

Chapter 24

3Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?
4He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Our Lord God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, the Living Son of God to whom be glory forever.

Matins Gospel

Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel.
A reading from the Gospel according to our teacher Saint John the Evangelist.
May His Blessings be with us all.

John 3 : 17 - 21

Chapter 3

17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."

And Glory be to God forever.

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Liturgy Gospel

Paulines Epistle

Paul, the servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, appointed to the Gospel of God.
A reading from the Epistle of our teacher Paul to the Hebrews .
May his blessings be upon us.

Hebrews 7 : 1 - 17

Chapter 7

1For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
2to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace,"
3without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
4Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.
5And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;
6but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
7Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.
8Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
9Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,
10for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
11Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?
12For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.
13For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.
14For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
15And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest
16who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.
17For He testifies: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek."

The grace of God the Father be with you all.

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Catholic Epistle

A Reading from Epistle 2 of St. John .
May his blessing be upon us.

2 John 1 : 1 - 13

Chapter 1

1The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth,
2because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:
3Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.
5And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.
6This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
7For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
9Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;
11for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
12Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.

Do not love the world or the things in the world.
The world passes away, and its desires; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

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Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of our fathers the apostles, may their blessings be with us.

Acts 18 : 9 - 21

Chapter 18

9Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent;
10for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city."
11And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat,
13saying, "This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law."
14And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you.
15But if it is a question of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters."
16And he drove them from the judgment seat.
17Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.
18So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.
19And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.
20When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent,
21but took leave of them, saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing." And he sailed from Ephesus.

The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty, and be confirmed, in the holy Church of God.

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Day 29 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Tubah, 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.

The Twenty-Ninth Day of the Blessed Month of Tubah

Departure of St.Eskani (St.Xene)

   On this day, St. Eksani (St. Xene) departed. She was the daughter of one of the noble and rich families of Rome. She was the only daughter of her parents. She was brought up at an early age accustomed to fasting and prayers, visiting the prisoners and helping the needy. She used to visit the convents in Rome to spend time in worship. She distributed what she brought with her among the poor and was satisfied with what the nuns ate. She read the biographies of the saints and prayed to God to grant her a share among them. It happened that one of the ministers of Rome asked for her hand in marriage for his son. Her father was delighted about that and he brought her the best of clothing and the most precious gems and furnishings. Shortly before her wedding, she asked her mother to allow her to go to the monastery to visit her friends the nuns before getting married, in order to bid them farewell, and her mother gave her permission. She took her precious ornaments and two of her maiden servants, and went quickly to the seashore. She found a ship going to Cyprus, which she embarked on. On her arrival, she went to St.Epiphanius and told him about her story. He advised her to go to the City of Alexandria.

   She traveled to Alexandria, where she met Anba Theophilus, 23rd Pope of Alexandria. She informed him of her desire to live the monastic life. He agreed and he cut her hair and clothed her in the monastic garb. She sold all of her jewels and clothes that she brought with her, and built a church in the name of St. Stephen, the Archdeacon. She resided with a group of virgins and nuns that Pope Theophilus settled with her. She practiced asceticism and strived. She lived only on bread and some moistened vegetables. She did not eat any cooked food, and she slept on the ground. She struggled in that manner for more than 20 years. When she departed, God manifested a sign in heaven to reveal the heavenly blessings that she received. At midday, a cross of light, whose light exceeded that of the sun, appeared in heaven, and around it a circle of stars that shone like crowns. The cross remained shining until her body was buried with the other saintly virgins, then it disappeared. The people knew that the appearance of the cross was to manifest her virtue. Later on, the two maiden servants told the Pope her real story and how she had a covenant with them to conceal her story and to call her sister. The Pope marvelled, glorified God, and he wrote her biography.

May Her prayers be with us. Amen.

Commemoration of St.Seriakos (Syriacus) the Fighter

        Today also is the commemoration of St. Seriakos (Syriacus), the fighter.

May His blessings be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.

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Divine Psalm

Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel.
A reading from the Gospel according to our teacher Saint John the Evangelist.
May His Blessings be with us all. Amen.
From the Psalms of our teacher David the prophet, and the Good King.
May his blessings be with us all.

Psalms 96 : 7,9

Chapter 96

7Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Give to the LORD glory and strength.
9Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.


Divine Gospel

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Our Lord God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, the Living Son of God to whom be glory forever.

John 6 : 5 - 14

Chapter 6

5Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?"
6But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
7Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little."
8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him,
9"There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"
10Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
12So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost."
13Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
14Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world."

And Glory be to God forever.

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