February Sunday 26, 2017

 Annunciation

Melkite Catholic Mission

إرسالية البشارة للروم الملكيين الكاثوليك

Celebrating Divine Liturgy – at the Sacred Heart Chapel,

381 W. Center St , Covina, CA 91723

Mailing Address: 589 E. 14th st , Upland, CA 91786

Website: Annunciation Melkite Catholic Mission.org

Fr.Gabriel Azar- Cell (630) 457-الكاهن: الاب جبرائيل عازار 8153

Fr.Gabriel Azar email: basharazar@gmail.com

Protodeacon George Sayegh (626) 893-0302

 Welcome to all visitors  who are worshiping with our Community, Please  join us after liturgy  for a cup of coffee , So we can  meet you and get to know one another.

نرحب بالزوار اللذين يشاركوننا القداس الألهي، نرجو ان تبقوا معنا بعد القداس لتناول القهوة  ولنتعَّرف على بعضنا بعض.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 Cheese Fare Forgiveness Sunday, Tone 8 Orthros

Gospel 8

الاحد، 26 شباط 2017

احد مرفع الجبن

اللحن الثامن والانجيل الثامن للسحر

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Youth of the Annunciation

Readiness to Forgive: Nothing makes us so like God as our readiness to forgive the wicked and wrongdoer. For it is God who has made “the sun to shine on the evil and on the good.” For this same reason again in every one of the clauses, Jesus commands us to make our prayers together in one voice, saying, “our Father,” and “thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven,” and “give us the bread, and forgive us our debts,” and “lead us not into temptation,” and “deliver us.” So everywhere he is teaching us to use this plural word that we may not retain so much as a vestige of resentment against our neighbor. How great a reproof then must they deserve, who, after all this, still do not forgive and even ask God’s vengeance on their enemies. In doing so they diametrically transgress this command. Meanwhile Christ is seeking in every way possible to hinder our conflicts with one another. For since love is the root of all that is good, by removing from all quarters whatever mars it he brings us together and cements us to each other. For there is not one, not a single one, whether father or mother or friend, who loves us as much as the God who created us. (St John Chrysostom).

الصوم الحقيقي: “يُصرّح المسيح بأن الصوم الذي يريده هو الصوم الداخلي. ويندّد بالمظاهر الخارجيّة، وبالأشخاص الذين يعيشون وينكّرون وجوههم ليظهروا للناس صائمين. ذلك لأن ملكوت الله، بحسب الإنجيل، هو في داخل الإنسان. يدخل الصوم في نظام الجهاد الروحيّ الذي يلتزم به الإنسان للحفاظ على علاقة بنوية وثيقة مع الله. ويدخل في نظام سيطرة الإنسان على أمياله حتى لا تمسّ هذه العلاقة مع الله، ولا تضعف، ولا تنقطع. ويدخل في نظام العذاب الذي يتحمله الإنسان كل يوم لكي لا يبتعد عن الله بالخطيئة. إذا غابت هذه المعاني عن الصوم أصبح جنوناً ورثاءً وعملاً جسديّاً صرفاً. فالصوم والقطاعة هما قياس وميزان لقدرة الإنسان. هما ممارسة تبدأ بالجسد وتنتهي بالروح؛ تبدأ بالصغير لتصل إلى الكبير. فالإنسان الذي يقدر على لجم شهوة الأكل والشرب، والذي يقدر أن يتغلب على الرغبة في اختيار ألوان الطعام وأنواعه، والذي يقدر أن يضبط شهوة الطعام؛ يقدر أن ينتصر على شهواته وعواطفه الأخرى، ويقدر أن يثبّت ملكوت الله في داخله.”

(الأب ألكسندر شميمن، من كتاب الصوم)       

 Fr. Gabriel

Sacrement of Reconciliation

During Lent Season, Confessions will be a available every Tuesday between 6.45 – 7.30 pm, or by appointment.

خلال زمن الصوم، يمكن اللجوء الى سرّ المصالحة كل يوم ثلاثاء من الساعة 6.45  حتى 7.30 م . أو الاتصال بكاهن الرعيّة لطلب موعد.

 

Lenten Services

This year the Lenten services will be

held every Tuesday and Friday @ 7.30 pm, starting from Feb 28 with the Great Compline.

On Friday March 3, the first Akathist Service will be followed by a “Family Night” gathering at the “Knights of Colombus” hall (2024 E Rte 66, Glendora). Please call (or text) Mrs Rima Gennawi (626-222-1860) to coordinate about the food donation process. (Suggested donation $5 for adults: 13 years and above) Hope to see you all.

صلوات الصوم

نحتفل برتب صلوات الصوم لهذا العام كل يوم ثلاثاء وجمعة بدءاً من 28 شباط الساعة 7.30م، مع صلاة النوم الكبرى المعروفة بصلاة ” يا ربّ القوات”.يوم الجمعة 3 آذار نحتفل بصلاة المدائح للسيدة العذراء، ويتبع  ذلك “لقاء عائليّ” في قاعة “Knights of Colombus” في غلندورا. الرجاء الاتصال بالسيدة ريما جنّاوي (626-222-1860)  للتنسيق بموضوع الأكل مع الشكر الجزيل لجميع المتبرّعين. (التبرّع 5 دولار للكبار: 13 سنة وما فوق).

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Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Antiphon Prayer

O Creator of the Universe, You fashioned Adam from the dust of the earth. You infused him with a breath of life. You gave him dominion over the earth. By the enticement of the Serpent he rebelled against Your Commandments and fell. You therefore exiled him from Paradise. But your Only-begotten Son was incarnate, endured Passion and restored us to the Garden of Eden which we had lost. We therefore implore You, at the threshold of Holy and Great Lent, to make us worthy of a sincere repentance, so that we may avoid even the shadow of evil and abstain from carnal pleasure in order to gain You, Divine River of Paradise that quenches the thirst of our souls. Thus, having lived according to your commandments, we may share the glory of the Resurrection of Christ, our God and Savior.For You are long-suffering, most compassionate and You call all people to salvation; and to You we render glory, honor and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.

صلاة الأنديفونة

أيها الإلهُ المُبدع، لمَّا جبلتَ آدم من تُراب الأرض نفخت فيه نسمةَ حياة، وسلَّطتَه على هذا الكون. لكنه سقط بغِوايِةِ الحيَّة، لمَّا عصى أمركَ وتناولَ من الثمرة المحرمة. فنفيته من الفردوس. ولمَّا تجسد مسيحُك واحتمل الآلام لأجلنا، أعادنا إلى جنة عدن التي خسرناها بآدم. فنضرَعُ إليكَ، ونحنُ على عتبةِ الصومِ الأربعينيّ المقدس، أن تُؤهلنا للتوبة الصادقة، فنمتنع عن كل شبهِ شرّ، ونصوم عن اللذات لنحظى بكَ، أنتَ نهر النعيم المروي نفوسنا الظمأى، وإذا ما سلكنا سُبُلَ وصاياك نبلغُ الى التمتع بأمجاد قيامة المسيح إلهنا ومخلصنا.

لأنكَ أنت الطويل الأناة، الكثير الرحمة والداعي الجميع الى الخلاص، ولك ينبغي كلُ مجدٍ وإكرام ٍ وسجود، أيها الاب والابن والروح القُدُس، ألآن وكل أوان …

الشعب: آمين.

Hymns

Troparion of the Resurrection (8th tone)  O Merciful One, Who came down from on high and endured burial for three days in order to save us from suffering.  O our Life and our Resurrection, glory to you.

: نشيد القيامة باللحن الثامن: انحدرت من العلاءِ أيها التحنن، وقبلتَ الدفنَ ثلاثةَ أيام، لكي تعتقنا من الآلام، فيا حياتنا وقيامتنا، يا رب المجد لك.

 

Troparion of the patron of the churchالنشيد لشفيع الكنيسة               

Kondakion of Cheese-fare, (6th Tone)

O You who guide men toward wisdom, and give them intelligence and understanding, instructor of the ignorant and helper of the poor, strengthen and enlighten my heart, O Lord, give me word, O Word of the Father, for behold I will not refrain my lips from crying out to You: O merciful One, have mercy on me who have fallen.

قنداق مرفع الجبن الختام باللحن السادس:

أيها الهادي الى الحكمة، وواهبُ الفطنة، ومُثقَّفُ الجُهَّال، ومُجيرُ المساكين، شدَّد قلبي وامنحه فهماً، أيهاالسيد  وأعطني كلاماً، يا كلمةَ الآب. فها انا لن أُمسِكَ شفتيَّ عن الصراخ اليك: أَيُّها الرَّحيم، ارحْمني أنا الواقع.

 

Epistle Romans 13:11-14:4, Page 344 (English) – Page 385 (Arabic)

Prokimenon (Tone 3)

Sing praise to our God, sing praise!

Sing praise to our King, sing praise!

Stichon: All you peoples, clap your hands! Shout to God with cries of gladness.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans

Brethren, now our salvation is nearer than when we came to believe.  The night is far advanced: the day is at hand.  Let us therefore lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.  Let us walk becomingly as in daytime, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in debauchery and wantonness, not in strife and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and as for the flesh, pay no attention to its lusts.But whoever is weak in faith, receive him without arguing about opinion.  For one believes he may eat all things but another who is weak, let him eat vegetables.  Let not the one who eats despise the one who does not; and let not the one who does not eat judge the one who does, for God has received him.  Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls but he will stand, for God is able to make him stand.

Alleluia (Tone 3)

In you, O lord, I have hoped: let me never be put to shame.In your Justice

save me and deliver me Stichon: Be for me a protecting God, a sheltering house to save me.

 

مقدمة الرسالة

رنّموا لإلهنا رنّموا، رنّمِوا لملكِنا رنّموا

يا جميعَ الأُممِ صَفِقوا بالأيادي، هلِلّوا للهِ بصوتِ الابتهاج

الرسالة (رومة 13 :11 ج الى 14: 4)

يا إِخوة، أن الخلاصَ أقربُ إِلينا الآنَ مما كانَ حينَ آمنَّا. قد تناهى الليلُ وأقتربَ النهار، فلنخلعْ اذن أَعمال

الظلمة، ونلبس اسلحة النور. لنسلكنَّ سُلوكاً لائقاً كما في النهار، لا بالقصوفِ والسكر، ولا بالمضاجعِ

والعهر، ولا بالخصامِ والحسد. بل البسوا الربَ يسوع المسيح، ولا تهتموا بالجسد لقضاءِ شهواتِه. من كانَ ضعيفاً في الايمانِ فقبلوه بغير مباحثةٍ في الآراء. مِنَ الناسِ من يعتقدَ أَن له ان يأكلَ كُلَ شيءٍ، أَما الضعيفُ فيأكل بقولاً. فلا يزدرِ الذي يأكل من لا يأكل، ولا يدنِ الذي يأكل من لا يأكل، لان الله قد قبله. أَنتَ من أَنتَ يامنْ يدن عبدَ غيره، انه لمولاه يثْبتْ أو يسقط ، لكنه سيثبتُ لأَن الله قادرٌ أَن يُثَبِتَهُ.

هللويا

عليكَ يا ربّ توكلت، فلا أخزَ إِلي الابد، بعدلكَ نجّني وانتشلني

كن لي إِلهاً محامياً وبيت ملجأ لخلاصي

Gospel of Cheese-Fare Sunday, Matthew 6:14-21 (Forgiveness & Fasting) Page 204 (English) – Page 130 (Arabic)

The Lord said, “If you forgive men their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men there offenses, neither will your Father forgive you your offenses.  And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, who disfigure their faces in order to appear to men as fasting.  Amen I say to you they have had their reward.  But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not be seen by men to fast, but by your Father, who is in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.  Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where worm and rodent consume, and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither worm nor rodent consumes, nor thieves break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.”

 

انجيل احد مرفع الجبن

الانجيل (متى 6: 14-21)

قال الرب: إن غفرتم للناس زلاَّتِهم، يغفرْ لكم أَيضاً أَبوكم السماوي زلاَّتِكم. وإِن لم تغفروا للناس زلاَّتهم، فأَبوكم أَيضاً لا يغفرُ لكم زلاَّتكم.  واذا صمتم فلا تكونوا معبّسين كالُمرائين فإنهم يُنَكرون وجوهَهم ليظهروا للناس صائمين. الحقَّ أَقول لكم، انهم قد نالوا اجرهم. أَما أَنتَ فإِذا صمتَ، فادهنْ رأسكَ وأغسل وجهكَ، لئَّلا تظهرَ للناس صائماً بك لأبيكَ الذي في الخفية، وأبوكَ الذي ينظرُ في الخفية هو يجازيكَ علانية. لا تكنزوا لكم كنوزاً على الارض، حيثُ يُفسدُ السوس والصدَأ، وحيثُ ينقبُ السارقون ويسرقون. لكن اكنزوا لكم كنوزاً في السماء، حيثُ لا يفسدُ سوسٌ ولا صدَأ، ولا ينقبُ السارقونَ ولا يسرقون. فإنه حيثُ يكونُ كنزُكم هناك يكونُ قلبُكم أيضاً

HIRMOS: It Is truly right To Call you blessed …

KINONIKON: Praise the Lord from the highest. Alleluia! (Psalms 148:1)

POST-COMMUNION: We have seen the True Light, …

 

Cheesefare Sunday

Time to Wake from Sleep

Tomorrow is the first day of the Great Fast. As a reminder we hear once more these words of St Paul: “You know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep” (Rom 13:11). Each year the Church calls to four fasting periods – four wake-up calls to focus more intently on the spiritual life in connection with one of its most important feasts. Since the Great Fast prepares us for Pascha, the “Feast of Feasts,” it is naturally more intense than the other fasting periods. Accordingly the Church sees St Paul’s admonition as especially appropriate today.

How do we observe this Fast? Again we take our cue from St Paul: “Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Rom 13:12-14). In calling the people of his time to take up the challenges of the Gospel the apostle also gives us an outline of how to keep the Fast that is upon us. We are first of all to cast off the Works of Darkness, specifically the two examples which St Paul mentions.

Not in Reveling and Drunkenness

Abstaining from entertainment is the first of St Paul’s examples which has become part of the Church’s Lenten fast. There is a hold on Church parties and celebrations (including marriages) for these forty days. Instead many parishes hold Lenten Dinners with proceeds devoted to charity.

In second-millennium Europe it was customary that theaters and all places of entertainment would be shuttered during the Fast. Religious plays and music on Biblical themes would be offered instead. Perhaps the most famous composition of this type, Handel’s Messiah, was premiered at a charity concert in Holy Week, April 1742.

In the past entertainment was, for most people, a relatively rare respite from work. Today it often seems that work is a respite from entertainment, which is available to us day and night at the click of a button. Many people cannot imagine doing without their TV or computer for forty days. Are we called to fast from these devices at least for part of the time during the Fast?

Abstinence from rich food and drink is the signature exercise of spiritual discipline during this period. The specific way this activity is practiced varies from eparchy to eparchy and even from individual to individual. These general principles are universal:

Fasting, the abstinence from all food and drink, is observed prior to receiving the Eucharist and on every weekday (Monday through Friday) during the Great Fast, usually until noon.

Abstinence is the avoidance of specific foods. During the Great Fast abstinence from “meat” (i.e. all animal products, including poultry, fish, eggs, dairy) as well as wine and, in some traditions, oil is practiced daily for the forty days in most Eastern Churches. This is also the root of the Western practice of “giving up something for Lent.”

The Fast is a time for simplifying our physical life, but should it be seen as a time of “giving-up”? The Prodigal did not feel that he was giving something up when he set out for his father because he saw the reality of the life he was living. If we see fasting as “giving-up,” we may have forgotten the first lesson we learned in Sunday school: that the real aim of our life is communion with God.

Not in Quarreling and Jealousy

As long as there has been a Great Fast there have been voices warning against misusing the experience. When we simply equate food fasting as the purpose of the season, St John Chrysostom tells us, we belittle the very season we seek to observe:

“Let the mouth fast from disgraceful and abusive words, because, what gain is there when, on the one hand we avoid eating chicken and fish and, on the other, we chew-up and consume our brothers? He who condemns and blasphemes is as if he has eaten brotherly meat, as if he has bitten into the flesh of his fellow man. It is because of this that Paul frightened us, saying: ‘If you chew up and consume one another be careful that you do not annihilate yourselves …

“You did not thrust your teeth into the flesh (of your neighbor) but you thrust bad talk in his soul; you wounded it by spreading dishonor, causing inestimable damage both to yourself, to him, and to many others.’”

The Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian (“O Lord and Master of my life…”), which we recite so often during this season, leads us to see the purpose of the season as the acquisition of virtue, particularly in relation to others. We pray to avoid sloth, ambition, inquisitiveness, and vain talking as well the habit of judging others. We ask that we attain patience, love, and humility – virtues that define our relations with others as being in Christ.

Another Lenten experience which seeks to put relationships at the center of our focus during the Fast is the rite of forgiveness held at the end of vespers or the Liturgy on this day. We are enjoined to ask forgiveness and prayers from every other person in the community. In some Churches it is the custom to sing the Paschalia during this rite, pointing toward the kiss we will exchange with everyone in the joy of Christ’s resurrection.

Put On the Lord Jesus Christ

St Paul’s admonition – and the spirit of the Great Fast – does not exalt deprivation, or giving something up for its own sake. Both see abstinence as a way of making room for something greater: living a life of Christian love. Again, Paul is echoed by Chrysostom who writes, “Whoever limits the fast to the deprivation of food, he is the one who, in reality, abhors and ridicules the fast. Are you fasting? Show me your fast with your works. Which works? If you see someone who is poor, show him mercy. If you see an enemy, reconcile with him. If you see a friend who is becoming successful, do not be jealous of him! If you see a beautiful woman on the street, pass her by.” Thus almsgiving is as integral a part of this season as is fasting from food and drink.

St John Chrysostom offers us other helps in understanding the true purpose of this season when he writes: “If you cannot go without eating all day because of an ailment of the body, beloved one, no logical man will be able to criticize you for that. Besides, we have a Lord who is meek and loving (philanthropic) and who does not ask for anything beyond our power. Because he neither requires the abstinence from foods, neither that the Fast take place for the simple sake of fasting, neither is its aim that we remain with empty stomachs, but that we fast to offer our entire selves to the dedication of spiritual things, having distanced ourselves from secular things.

“If we regulated our life with a sober mind and directed all of our interest toward spiritual things, and if we ate as much as we needed to satisfy our necessary needs and offered our entire lives to good works, we would not have any need of the help rendered by the fast. But because human nature is indifferent and gives itself over mostly to comforts and gratifications, for this reason the philanthropic Lord, like a loving and caring father, devised the therapy of the fast for us, so that our gratifications would be completely stopped and that our worldly cares be transferred to spiritual works.”

 

FASTING DURING GREAT LEN

If you can follow the Traditional Fast, please do so. Or at least, follow the Modified Fast to cleanse your body and mind so that this period is fruitful and productive for you.

Traditional Fast: From Monday February 27 throu Saturday April 15 , abstain from meat, dairy, olive oil and wine. No food/drink from midnight to noon

Modified Fast: Abstain from meat on all Wednesdays and Fridays. Abstain from food and drink from midnight to noon every day (especially first day of Great Lent

(February 27) and on last three days of Holy Week (April 12,13,14).

Note: Saturdays (except Holy Saturday) and Sundays were traditionally rest days (to give us strength) on which normal amounts of meals (without meat) are eaten.

SACRIFICIAL! Also, please remember that we are cautioned to consider MORE PARTICULARLY, that which comes OUT OF OUR MOUTHS (publicly and privately) than that which goes INTO OUR MOUTH.

Also, to assist our growth, it is advised that we attempt to attend the special Lenten Services during the week, read a spiritual book, go to Confession, make additional donations for the needy, take on new positive habit in our lives

 

 

الصوم المبارك وطريقة الصوم

 

ان كنت قادرأ عنى الصوم التقليدي فلا تتردد. وإلا فلا بد من الصوم المعدل، تنقية لجسدك و ذهنك كي تجني فائدة روحية من فترة الصوم المبارك.

الصوم التقليدي– من الإثنين 27 شباط الى السبت 15 نيسان انقطاع عن اللحوم والألبان والخمور، وانقطاع عن المأكل والمشرب من منتصف الليل حتى الظهر.

الصوم المعدل – انقطاع عن اللحوم أيام الأربعاء وألجمعة وامتناع عن الآكل والشرب من منتصف الليل حتى الظهر خصوصاً في اليوم الأول من الصوم 27 شباط) وفي الأيام الثلاثة الأخيرة من اسبوع الالام  (نيسان 12و13و14)

ملاحظه: السبوت (ما عدا سبت النور) والاحاد تقليديا ايام راحه (لتعطينا قوه) وبوجبات خفيفه (بدون لحوم)

‏وأيا تكن الطريقة المتبعة فهي جديرة بالثناء. انما لا بد من القيام بأعمال التضحية والرحمة. وكم يجدر بنا أن نلجم لساننا، فما يخرج من الفم سرآ أو علنا، ينجس الإنسان أكثر مما يدخل الفم.

وما يساهم في تقدمنا  الروحي مطالعة الكتب الصالحة والتوبة (إلأعتراف) والتصُّدق على المحتاجين وإكتساب العادات الجيدة الحميدة  وحضور الصلوات والقداس يوم الأحد والتقرب من القربان المقدس .

 

The shepherd

A guide to help parents prepare your children to more fully participate in th Sunday Divine Liturgy Read the scripture with your children before coming to Church.

Gospel of the 1st Sunday of Lent,  John 1:43-51 (Call of  Nathanael

At that time Jesus was about to leave for Galilee, and he found Philip.  And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.  Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and said of him, “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no guile!” Nathanael said to him, “Where do you know me from?” Jesus answered him and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him and said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are King of Israel.”  Answering, Jesus said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, you believe.  Greater things than these shall you see.”  And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you shall see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

الانجيل (يوحنا 1: 43-51)

فِي ذَلِكَ الْزَّمَانِ، أَرَادَ يَسُوعُ الْخُرُوجَ إِلَى الْجَلِيلِ، فَوَجَدَ فِيلِبُّسَ، فَقَالَ لَهُ: أتبعني. وَكَانَ فِيلِبُّسُ مِنْ بَيْتِ صَيْدَا مِنْ مَدِينَةِ أَنْدَرَاوُسَ وَبُطْرُسَ. فَصَادَفَ فِيلِبُّسُ نَثَنَائِيلَ فَقَالَ لَهُ: إِنَّ الَّذِي كَتَبَ عَنْهُ مُوسَى فِي الْنَامُوسِ وَالأَنْبِيَاءُ قَدْ وَجَدْنَاهُ، وَهُوَ يَسُوعُ بِنُ يُوسُفَ مَنَ الْنَاصِرَةِ. فَقَالَ لَهُ نَثَنَائِيلُ: أَمِنَ مِنَ الْنَّاصِرَةِ يَمْكِنُ أَنْ يَكُونُ شَيْءٌ صَالِحٌ؟ قَالَ لَهُ فِيلِبُّسُ: تَعَالَ وَانْظُرْ. فَلَمَّا رَأَى يَسُوعُ نَثَنَائِيلَ مُقْبِلاً إِلَيْهِ، فَقَالَ عَنْهُ: هَذَا فِي الْحَقِيقَةِ إِسْرَائِيلِيٌّ لا غِشَّ فِيهِ.  فَقَالَ لَهُ نَثَنَائِيلُ: مِنْ أَيْنَ تَعْرِفُنِي؟ أَجَابَ يَسُوعُ وَقَالَ لَهُ: قَبْلَ أَنْ يَدْعُوكَ فِيلِبُّسُ، وَأَنْتَ تَحْتَ الْتِينَةِ، رَأَيْتُكَ. أَجَابَ نَثَنَائِيلُ وَقَالَ لَهُ: يَا مُعَلِّمُ، أَنْتَ هُوَ آبْنُ اللهِ، أَنْتَ هُوَ مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ. أَجَابَ يَسُوعُ وَقَالَ لَهُ: لأنِّي قُلْتُ لَكَ إِنِّي رَأَيْتُكَ تَحْتَ الْتِينَةِ آمَنْتَ. إِنَّكَ سَتُعَايِنُ أَعْظَمَ مِنْ هَذَا. وَقَالَ لَهُ: الْحَقَّ الْحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ، إِنَّكُمْ مِنَ الآنَ تَرَوْنَ السماء مَفْتُوحَةً، وَمَلاَئِكَةُ اللهِ يَصْعَدُونَ وَينْزِلُونَ عَلَى آبْنِ الْبَشَرِ.

 

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