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The Mission and establishment of a Melkite Catholic Church in Delray Beach will allow the St. Nicholas community to achieve its goal as a religious entity to serve its children, youth, adults and senior parishioners by attending not only to their spiritual needs, but also to their social and educational needs.
Services are held in the main Church:
Sunday Morning services are at 11:00 AM. (Suspended)
Any additional services will be announced on our notice board and on our website.
Abouna Gaby's Weekly Message
Dear Parishioners & Friends,
Christ is Risen…He is truly Risen!
Hope this email finds you doing well and staying safe.
We keep you in our prayers for safety, strength and patience amid these difficult and challenging times.
Keep Father in your prayers, the doctors, nurses, hospitals staff, and all those who are on the frontlines.
First Sunday’s Liturgy after the Holy Resurrection will start streaming live via facebook on April 19 just before 11 am.
To watch the Liturgy live, please click on this link:
or go to St. Nicholas Facebook page or on your smart phone Facebook app.
In case you do not have a Facebook account, copy the link above into your laptop browser.
If you have difficulty watching live, no worries, I will email you the link of the video on Sunday evening.
Please scroll down for Father Gabriel’s Message and the readings.
We are thankful to all who made it possible to broadcast live and connect the community together in prayers and in spirit. What a blessing!
Special thanks to Denise Fakhoury, Charbel Hayek, Hady Njeim, Paul Nassif & Dr. Nick Fakhoury.
Stay healthy and keep well.
What Do You Doubt?©
Today it is more common to doubt rather than to be certain. We doubt everything, including ourselves.
You cannot believe everything, but you also cannot let doubt take over your thoughts either.
Many people doubt the present, doubt the future, doubt the government, doubt the church, doubt the possibilities and doubt the opportunities. Doubt, if it is excessive, can be a destructive force in your life and can reduce your chances of success, always holding you back.
To doubt is to have uncertainty of judgment or mind; an unsettled state of opinion concerning the reality of an event or a hesitation about a situation; a suspicion, fear or apprehension. In other words, to doubt is to be in a “state of two”- two opposing feelings pulling at you and occurring simultaneously.
The opposite of doubt is faith! Faith is an absolute acceptance before any facts; whereas scientific doubt is an acceptance only after the fact with proof. Applying scientific principles to religious methodology never works. When you go with faith, you have an unwavering trust.
When it comes to doubt and the Christian faith, we often have a deep sense that doubt is wrong.
Many people suppress their fears and questions. Not daring to show their doubts, they make it taboo.
But this blocks their growth, their progress and their happiness. To question is to learn, but to doubt is to be stuck! Helmut Thielicke described doubt as: “an envelope with a message inside it.” To explore your doubt, and find the message, you need first to open the envelope.
Not only do we doubt others and things around us, but we usually doubt ourselves! We doubt our feelings, then doubt our thoughts, and consequently doubt our capabilities. Doubt is the enemy of our effectiveness to make decisions and carry them forward.
To deal honestly with your doubt, it is important to discern and learn to verbalize what you doubt, what your deepest questions are, and what situations prompted your doubt. Often times, doubt is a lack of understanding and simply an explanation is needed. “Test all things and hold onto that which is good.” (1 Thess. 5:21) In other words, analyze what you doubt, ask pointed questions, and hold onto what you feel is right.
Jesus did not reprimand His disciples when He appeared to them. Instead he encouraged them and blessed them with his loving Presence. He was merciful to Thomas. “Be merciful to those who doubt.” (Jude 1:22)
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” (Blaise Pascal)
O Christ God, You showed Thomas your side from which gushed blood and water, symbol of Baptism. You invited him to touch the wound by which mankind was healed from its ancient deep wound. We ask You to strengthen our faith in your Divinity and Humanity so that we may become witnesses to your glorious Resurrection by our words, our deeds and our way of life. For You are our Resurrection, O Christ, God, and to You we render glory and to your Eternal Father and your All-holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
Troparion of St. Thomas
While the tomb was sealed You shone forth from it, O Christ our Life, and while the doors remained closed, You stood among your Disciples, O Resurrection of all, and through them You restored a new spirit in us according to your great Mercy.
Epistle Acts of the Apostle, 5:12-20 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS
PROKIMENON Ps.146: 5; 117: 1
Great is our Lord, and great is his power, and to his wisdom there is no limit.
READING from the Acts of the Apostles
In those days by the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among
the people (and with one accord, they all would meet in Solomon’s portico; but of the rest, no one dared to associate with them, yet the people made much of them. And the multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord continued to increase), so that they carried the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and pallets, in order that, as Peter went by, at least his shadow would fall upon some of them. And crowds also came to Jerusalem from neighboring towns, and they brought the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits — and all of them were healed.
But the High Priest rose up, and all his supporters (that is, the members of the Sadducean sect), and being filled with hatred, they laid their hands upon the apostles and threw them into the public jail. But during the night, an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, and led them out, saying: “Go, and standing in the temple, speak to the people all the words of this life.”
Gospel of the Feast, John 20: 19-31 (Skeptic Thomas)
The Holy Gospel according to St. John the Evangelist When it was late, that same day, the first of the week, though the doors where the disciples gathered had been closed for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, “Peace be to you!” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore rejoiced at the sight of the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be to you! As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” When he had said this, he breathed upon them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side I will not believe.” And after eight days, his disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being closed, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be to you!” Then he said to Thomas. “Bring here your finger, and see my hands; and bring here your hand, and put it into my side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.” Many other signs also Jesus worked in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.