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Holy Pascha Week

Holy Thursday of Pascha_Week

Season Pascha Week
Tune : Attribis
Strict Abstinence

Thursday Morning

Theme of the Hours :
+ Preparation for Passover.

First hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Exodus 17:8-16
Exodus 15:23-16:3
Isaiah 58:1-11
Ezekiel 18:20-32
Acts 1:15-20
Psalms 55:21,12
Luke 22:7-13

Third hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Exodus 32:30-33:5
Sirach 24:1-15
Proverbs 30:2-6
Psalms 94:21,23
Matthew 26:17-19

Sixth hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Jeremiah 7:2-15
Ezekiel 20:39-44
Sirach 12:13-13:1
Psalms 31:18,13
Mark 14:12-16

Ninth hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Genesis 22:1-19
Isaiah 61:1-6
Genesis 14:17-20
Job 27:1-28:13
Psalms 23:1-2
Matthew 26:17-19

The Liturgy of the_Water

Theme of the Liturgy : + Jesus washes the feet of his disciples..

Genesis 18:1-23
Proverbs 9:1-11
Exodus 14:1-15:27
Joshua 1:1-18
Joshua 3:1-17
Isaiah 4:2-5
Isaiah 55:1-56:1
Ezekiel 36:25-29
Ezekiel 47:1-9
1 Timothy 4:9-5:10
Psalms 51:7,10
John 13:1-17

The Liturgy

Theme of the Liturgy : : God's new covenant with mankind.

1 Corinthians 11:23-34
Psalms 23:5,4,19
Matthew 26:20-29
1 Corinthians 11:23-34
Psalms 23:5-41:9
Matthew 26:20-29

Eleventh hour of the day of Holy Thursday

Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Isaiah 19:19-25
Zechariah 12:11-14:3
Zechariah 14:6-9
Psalms 50:17-18
John 13:21-30

Friday Night

Theme of the Hours :
+ Jesus declares that He will be betrayed
+ Jesus warns Peter of his denial
+ Jesus last ceremony to His disciples
+ Jesus last prayer
+ Judas betrays Jesus to the priests
+ Peter Cuts the slaves ear

The First Hour of Friday Night

Jeremiah 8:17-9:6
Psalms 102:1,8
John 13:33-14:25
John 14:26-15:25
John 15:26-16:33
John 17:1-26

Third hour of the eve of Holy Friday

Ezekiel 36:16-26
Psalms 109:1-3
Matthew 26:30-35
Mark 14:26-31
Luke 22:31-39
John 18:1-2

Sixth hour of the eve of Holy Friday

Ezekiel 22:23-28
Psalms 59:1-69:20
Matthew 26:36-46
Mark 14:32-42
Luke 22:40-46
John 18:3-9

Ninth hour of the eve of Holy Friday

Jeremiah 9:7-11
Ezekiel 21:28-32
Psalms 28:3-4
Psalms 35:4
Matthew 26:47-58
Mark 14:43-54
Luke 22:47-55
John 18:10-14

Eleventh hour of the eve of Holy Friday

Isaiah 27:11-28:15
Psalms 2:1-2,4,5
Matthew 26:59-75
Mark 14:55-72
Luke 22:56-65
John 18:15-27

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Day 8 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Baramudah.
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 Eighth Day of the Blessed Month of Baramudah

Martyrdom of the Holy Virgins : Agape, Eirene, and Shiona

      On this day the three holy virgins: Agape, Eirene, and Shiona (Susinia) were martyred. They were from Thessalonica, and worshipped Christ as their parents. They chose the life of chastity and they agreed to devote themselves to the ascetic life. They fasted and prayed unceasingly, visited the convents often and participated with the virgins in their prayers and asceticism. When Maximianus the infidel, reigned, he restored the worship of the idols and shed the blood of many Christians. These saints were afraid and they fled to the mountain and hid themselves in a cave devoting themselves to their worship and asceticism. Every week, an aged Christian woman visited them bringing all things needed and took the work of their hands to sell it, and distributed the remainder as alms to the poor. One day a malicious person observed the frequent visits of this old woman to the mountain, he followed her secretly until he knew the cave that she entered. He hid himself so she did not see him on her way back, and he thought that she was hiding precious things in it. After she left the cave by a distance he entered the cave and he found the precious pearls the prides of the Christ standing praying. He bound them, dragged them away, and brought them to the Governor of Thessalonica. He asked them about their faith, they confessed that they were Christians worshipping that Who was Crucified. The Governor became wrath with them, tortured them much, then cast them into the fire, and they delivered up their souls and received the crown of martyrdom.

May their prayers be with us. Amen.

Martyrdom of the One Hundred and Fifty believers by the hand of the King of Persia

      On this day also is the commemoration of the incident of the martyrdom of one hundred and fifty believers by the king of Persia. This king besieged Christian cities which were near the borders of his country, and captured many of them. When they refused to worship the sun and the stars, he commanded to cut off their heads, and they received the crowns of martyrdom.

May their prayers be with us and glory be to God forever. Amen.

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