Jesus was God with us. No imitation, knock off, or clone, he was God with us. To this day, he sustains all creation with his word — so much for "Mother Nature." But now God-with-us has paid for our sins and is not just God-with-us, but he is also God-for-us at the Father's side.
Day 1 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.
The First Day of the Blessed Month of Baramoudah
Departure of St.Silvanus the Monk
On this day the holy father Abba Silvanus the monk departed. This blessed man became a monk in the monastery of St. Macarius, and he strove in every narrow path. He fasted for long periods with prayers and many vigils in humility and love and he became a great father. God had granted him to see Divine visions. He commanded his disciples never to cease working with their hands, and to give alms with what surpassed their needs. One day a lazy monk saw him with his disciple absorbed in working with their hands, and he said to them: "Do not labor for the food which perishes" for it is written: "Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." When the old man Abba Silvanus heard that, he told his disciple: "Give the father a book, take him to the church to read, and shut the door on him without leaving with him any thing to eat;" and the disciple did as he was commanded. When the ninth hour came the old man and his disciples ate and did not invite the monk. During that time the monk was gazing with his eyes toward the door waiting for someone to invite him to eat.
When he became very hungry, he left the church and asked the old man: "Have the brethren eaten to day?" and St. Silvanus replied "Yes". The monk asked: "Why you did not call me to eat with them?" He replied: "You are a spiritual man has no need for food for the body. You have chosen the good part, but we are humans in need of food for the body, for this reason we need the work of our hands." The monk knew that he had transgressed with his words and he bowed before the holy man asking for his forgiveness. The holy man told the monk: "O my son we need to work, for Mary needs Martha, and through Martha, Mary was praised." Thus the monk was rebuked by the teaching of this father, and he worked with his hands continually, and he gave alms with what remained over. This father wrote many helpful discourses about the spiritual strife. When he finished his strife in a good old age, God made him know the time of his departure. He called the monks that were near by, he was blessed by them, and he asked them to remember him in their prayers, then departed in peace.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.
Raid of the Arabs of Upper Egypt on the Wilderness of Scetis
On this day also the Arabs of Upper Egypt rose up and attacked the desert of the great St. Macarius. They plundered what was in the churches and monasteries. The monks gathered together, prayed, and interceded with the holy fathers, and the Lord Christ drove them out. The monks were saved from their hands and they gave thanks unto God.
Departure of Aaron the Priest
On this day also the righteous Aaron the priest, the brother of Moses the first prophet of the Law, departed. He was from the tribe of Levi, and God wrought by his hands many miracles in the land of Egypt. God chose him and his sons to be His priests, and gave them the tithes and the offerings of the children of Israel. When the sons of Korah rose up against him, God destroyed them, by commanding the earth to open its mouth and swallowed them up alive. He pleased God by his good conduct, keeping the Law, and then departed in peace.
Glory be to God forever. Amen.
Proverbs 8 : 12 - 21 Isaiah 44 : 1 - 8 Job 32 : 17 - end Job 33 : 1 - 33 Kings 5 : 1 - 27
Proverbs 8 : 12 - 21
|12||"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion.|
|13||The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.|
|14||Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.|
|15||By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.|
|16||By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth.|
|17||I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.|
|18||Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.|
|19||My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.|
|20||I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,|
|21||That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.|
Isaiah 44 : 1 - 8
|1||"Yet hear me now, O Jacob My servant, And Israel whom I have chosen.|
|2||Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you: "Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.|
|3||For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;|
|4||They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.'|
|5||One will say, "I am the LORD's'; Another will call himself by the name of Jacob; Another will write with his hand, "The LORD's,' And name himself by the name of Israel.|
|6||"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: "I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.|
|7||And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them.|
|8||Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one."'|
Job 32 : 17 - end
|17||I also will answer my part, I too will declare my opinion.|
|18||For I am full of words; The spirit within me compels me.|
|19||Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent; It is ready to burst like new wineskins.|
|20||I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.|
|21||Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone; Nor let me flatter any man.|
|22||For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.|
Job 33 : 1 - 33
|1||"But please, Job, hear my speech, And listen to all my words.|
|2||Now, I open my mouth; My tongue speaks in my mouth.|
|3||My words come from my upright heart; My lips utter pure knowledge.|
|4||The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.|
|5||If you can answer me, Set your words in order before me; Take your stand.|
|6||Truly I am as your spokesman before God; I also have been formed out of clay.|
|7||Surely no fear of me will terrify you, Nor will my hand be heavy on you.|
|8||"Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words, saying,|
|9||"I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.|
|10||Yet He finds occasions against me, He counts me as His enemy;|
|11||He puts my feet in the stocks, He watches all my paths.'|
|12||"Look, in this you are not righteous. I will answer you, For God is greater than man.|
|13||Why do you contend with Him? For He does not give an accounting of any of His words.|
|14||For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.|
|15||In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds,|
|16||Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction.|
|17||In order to turn man from his deed, And conceal pride from man,|
|18||He keeps back his soul from the Pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.|
|19||"Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with strong pain in many of his bones,|
|20||So that his life abhors bread, And his soul succulent food.|
|21||His flesh wastes away from sight, And his bones stick out which once were not seen.|
|22||Yes, his soul draws near the Pit, And his life to the executioners.|
|23||"If there is a messenger for him, A mediator, one among a thousand, To show man His uprightness,|
|24||Then He is gracious to him, and says, "Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom';|
|25||His flesh shall be young like a child's, He shall return to the days of his youth.|
|26||He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, For He restores to man His righteousness.|
|27||Then he looks at men and says, "I have sinned, and perverted what was right, And it did not profit me.'|
|28||He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, And his life shall see the light.|
|29||"Behold, God works all these things, Twice, in fact, three times with a man,|
|30||To bring back his soul from the Pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.|
|31||"Give ear, Job, listen to me; Hold your peace, and I will speak.|
|32||If you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.|
|33||If not, listen to me; Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom."|
Kings 5 : 1 - 27
From the Psalms of our teacher David the prophet.
May his blessings be with us all.
Psalms 35 : 13 - 13
|13||But as for me, when they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; And my prayer would return to my own 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.
Stand in the fear of God and listen to the Holy Gospel.
A reading from the Gospel according to our teacher Saint Luke the Evangelist.
May His Blessings be with us all.
Luke 4 : 22 - 30
|22||So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?"|
|23||He said to them, "You will surely say this proverb to Me, "Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country."'|
|24||Then He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.|
|25||But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land;|
|26||but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.|
|27||And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian."|
|28||So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,|
|29||and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.|
|30||Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.|
And Glory be to God forever.
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 Corinthians .
May his blessings be upon us.
1 Corinthians 14 : 18 - 28
|18||I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;|
|19||yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.|
|20||Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.|
|21||In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me," says the Lord.|
|22||Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.|
|23||Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?|
|24||But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.|
|25||And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.|
|26||How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.|
|27||If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.|
|28||But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.|
The grace of God the Father be with you all.
A Reading from Epistle of St. James .
May his blessing be upon us.
James 1 : 22 - end
|22||But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.|
|23||For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;|
|24||for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.|
|25||But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.|
|26||If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.|
|27||Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.|
James 2 : 1 - 1
|1||My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.|
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.
Acts of the Apostles
The Acts of our fathers the apostles, may their blessings be with us.
Acts 19 : 11 - 20
|11||Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,|
|12||so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.|
|13||Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches."|
|14||Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.|
|15||And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?"|
|16||Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.|
|17||This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.|
|18||And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds.|
|19||Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.|
|20||So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.|
The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty, and be confirmed, in the holy Church of God.
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 42 : 1 - 1
|1||As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.|
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.
Luke 9 : 18 - 22
|18||And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"|
|19||So they answered and said, "John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again."|
|20||He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God."|
|21||And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one,|
|22||saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day."|
And Glory be to God forever.