Readings for Thursday of the second week of the fifty Joyous Days

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Psalm

Psalm 5:3 ; Psalm 5:4 [Arabic]

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up. For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.
 

Gospel

Matt 11:2-6 [Arabic]

And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?"

Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."

 

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Pauline Epistle

Rom 1:16-17 [Arabic]

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

 

Catholic Epistle

1Jn 2:7-10 [Arabic]

Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

 

Acts

Acts 4:13-18 [Arabic]

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, "What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name."

So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

 

Synaxarium

The Martyrdom of St. John of Senhout.
The Departure of St. Daniel the Archpriest of Sheahat (Scetis).

 

Psalm

Psalm 8:4 ; Psalm 8:5 [Arabic]

What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

 

Gospel

Jn 5:39-47 [Arabic]

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.

"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?"

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