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On the morning of Sunday the 23/11/2014 Bishop Metaos went to the nuns' Convent of St. George the Martyr in Khatabah, where he ordained new nuns with Pope Tawadros. Sincere congratulations to the new sisters. God forbid their lives in righteousness and purity. May they continue their struggle on the way of the saints, to rejoice with them in the kingdom of heaven.

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To carry a legal proof of personality.

To be not less than 16 years of age.

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To be punctual to the timings of the prayers, work and retreats in the retreat house.

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Kiahk 9, 1731 - December 18, 2014, Thursday

Readings source: Tubah 22

Vespers

Psalms 32:11, 6, 33:1

11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy.

6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You.

33:1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. [NKJV] Alleluia

Matthew 25:14-23

14 For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, `Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' 21 His lord said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, `Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' 23 His lord said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Matins

Psalms 33:1, 12

33:1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. [NKJV] Alleluia

Luke 19:11-19

11 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. 12 Therefore He said: A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, `Do business till I come.' 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, `We will not have this man to reign over us.' 15 And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, `Master, your mina has earned ten minas.' 17 And he said to him, `Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.' 18 And the second came, saying, `Master, your mina has earned five minas.' 19 Likewise he said to him, `You also be over five cities.'. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

Liturgy

Philippians 3:20-4:9

20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

4:1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. 2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. [NKJV] The Grace of God the Father be with you all. Amen

James 5:9-20

9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. 12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your Yes, be Yes, and your No, No, lest you fall into judgment. 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. [NKJV] Do not love the world, nor the things which are in the world. The world shall pass away and all its desires; but he who does the will of God shall abide forever. Amen

Acts 11:19-26

19 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. 22 Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. 23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. 26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. [NKJV] The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty and be confirmed in the holy church of God. Amen

Psalms 34:19, 68:3

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

3 But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. [NKJV] Alleluia

Luke 12:32-44

32 Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35 Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 41 Then Peter said to Him, Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people? 42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. [NKJV] Glory is due to our God to the age of all ages. Amen

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Newly released: a book named “a brother asked a greybeard “. It is a book the simplify the book named “Monk’s Orchard “in a question and an answer written by the departure monk St. Marfiloksinous

Newly released: the fifth book for the miracles of father Falteous Al-Souriani named “the merciful heart “

Newly released: a book about the explication of the psalms for Anthimous, bishop of Jerusalem - prepared by Anba Metaos.

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Spiritual Reflections

Kiahk 9, 1731 - December 18, 2014, Thursday (Abide in Me and I in You) 
I long for Your salvation oh Lord so grant me to abide in You and You in me.
Grant me the true preparedness and the longing for the heavenly city and fill me with Your peace.
Grant me patience and long resilience and tolerance to the challenges because You are near and are going to coming.
Grant me awakens and alertness with the seed of faith and love… Joyful, thankful, and awaiting Your coming. 
Grant me stable thoughts in the eternal and surely expected judgment.
I see Your heavens that are open and the joy of Your love and Your saving of me from the great waters. 
My Lord Jesus Christ… Abide me in You… In Your love In the Joy of Your loves In Your peace, Your grace, and Your faith… And the constant longing to You, oh the Life of my soul and the smile of my heart… Oh Love of mankind.