Readings for Monday of the third week of the fifty Joyous Days

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Psalm 19:1 ; Psalm 19:2 [Arabic]

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.



Matt 17:10-13 [Arabic]

And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

Jesus answered and said to them, "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.


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Pauline Epistle

Rom 2:4-7 [Arabic]

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who "will render to each one according to his deeds": eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;


Catholic Epistle

1Jn 2:15-17 [Arabic]

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.



Acts 4:23-27 [Arabic]

And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said:
        "Why did the nations rage,
        And the people plot vain things?
        The kings of the earth took their stand,
        And the rulers were gathered together
        Against the LORD and against His Christ.'

"For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together



The Commemoration of the Consecration of the first altar for St. Nicholas, Bishop of Mora for the Jacobite Christians.
The Commemoration of the Consecration of the church of St. Agabus, the Apostle.
The Departure of St. Alexandra, the Empress.
The Departure of Pope Mark (Marcus) VI, the 101st. Patriarch.



Psalm 7:1 ; Psalm 7:17 [Arabic]

O LORD my God, in You I put my trust;
        Save me from all those who persecute me;
        And deliver me, I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness,
        And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.



Jn 7:39-42 [Arabic]

But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ."

But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?"

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