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

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Psalm

Psalm 118:26-27 [Arabic]

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
        We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
        God is the LORD,
        And He has given us light;
 

Gospel

Mk 7:5-8 [Arabic]

Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?"

He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
        "This people honors Me with their lips,
        But their heart is far from Me.
        And in vain they worship Me,
        Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men--the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do."

 

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Pauline Epistle

Rom 6:5-11 [Arabic]

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Catholic Epistle

1Jn 4:18-end ; 1Jn 5:1-1 [Arabic]

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.

 

Acts

Acts 7:51-54 [Arabic]

"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it."

When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.

 

Synaxarium

The Departure of the righteous Job.
The Departure of St. Tadros (Theodore), the disciple of St. Pachomius.
The Martyrdom of St. Philothaos.

 

Psalm

Psalm 39:12 [Arabic]

"Hear my prayer, O LORD,
listen to my cry for help;
be not deaf to my weeping.
For I dwell with you as an alien,
a stranger, as all my fathers were.

 

Gospel

Jn 17:18-21 [Arabic]

As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

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