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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)
During Lent, Friday Evening services are at 7:00 PM. (Suspended)
Any additional services will be announced on our notice board and on our website.
Abouna Gaby's Weekly Message
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Hope this email finds you doing well!
Our church will be open for prayer and reflection Sunday, March 29th from 11:00 am and 12:00 pm, Father Gabriel will be present, but there will be no Liturgy service.
As we navigate through and adjust to these difficult times… you are encouraged to pray on Sunday with one of the parishes that will be broadcasting their Sunday Divine Liturgy:
You can attend the virtual Mass presided by Father Gabriel at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church by clicking on this link:
In case you missed the Eucharistic Adoration and extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing of the Holy Father, Pope Francis amid the corona virus pandemic, you can click on the following link:
You can also click on the following link to attend a Live Eastern Rite Divine Liturgy:
Holy Cross in Placentia, CA will record their parish Sunday Divine Liturgy and post it to their YouTube channel. To be notified when the video is posted, subscribe to YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite.
St. George in Birmingham, AL will livestream their Sunday Divine Liturgy at 11:30 AM EST/10:30 AM CST/9:30 AM MST/8:30 AM PST at saintgeorgeonline.org/live. The recording will also be available after the livestream.
This week Father Gaby discusses:
Lenten Reflection on the Beatitudes ©
“Blessed Are The Merciful, For They Shall Obtain Mercy.” (Matthew 5:1-12)
As we now ascend past the middle of our climb towards the peak of the mountain and enlightenment, The Beatitudes stepping stones have entailed powerful messages of detachment and inner freedom; mourning over unrealized dreams that have been holding you hostage; developing gentleness and kindness to the self; how to live in a Righteousness way; and now how we can become Merciful towards our inner self.
To be Merciful is to maintain a disposition of being kind and forgiving, showing compassion.
God is a God of compassion, love, and understanding. Jesus makes a very distinct point that enlightenment will be reached if we display more God-like characteristics. We all show mercy to others many times in our lives, but how often are we merciful with ourselves? Compassion and mercy are connected. You cannot be compassionate towards yourself, your wounds, your mistakes, without giving yourself mercy, kindness and forgiveness.
In Hebrew, Rahim means to be merciful, and Rahem means the womb of a woman. There is tenderness, compassion, kindness, and mercy in the womb where the child grows. The womb is a place of true vulnerability. But many of us are fearful to become fully vulnerable, so we have put walls up to protect that vulnerability, and we become hardened, and therefore unmerciful to ourselves.
We all carry an “inner child” inside of us. Often times, that inner child has stayed locked up behind those walls that we have built as a protection, holding on to the anger, hurt, abuse or embarrassment, in hopes that the pain will go away if we do not embrace it. However, that child is screaming inside for you to show him mercy, love, and protection. This inner child is you; this is your child, who needs you to come back and reclaim him and re-parent him. When we leave the wounded inner child, buried deep within, we look to the outside world to fill the void; we seek relationships to compensate for what that child was missing or needing, but nothing in the outer world of work and relationships can truly replace the very lesson Jesus is trying to teach us. The lesson is that it is actually you who needs re-parent that inner child, you who can heal the wounds by being merciful with yourself. You have all the love already within you to offer to that child. Once you do this work, you can have successful intimate relationships and a closer connection with God. It’s time to carry that child in your fragile womb, with arms of tenderness, as God wants to carry you and embrace you with love.
Being merciful with oneself is to be able to look at your own fragility and vulnerability with kindness, gentleness and compassion.
"Do not allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not."
O Lord God, You examine the inner heart. You know our concerns before they emerge into being. You saved Mary of Egypt from the tribulations of this earth, for she had recourse to You. We implore You to purify our hearts and to make us temples of your Holy Spirit and rich in virtues, so that we may glorify You by hymns of praise and good works.
For You are our God and to You are due all glory, honor and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
Troparion of our Mother Mary of Egypt
In you, O Mother Mary, the faithful image of God shone forth, for you carried your cross and followed Christ. You taught by your deeds how to spurn the body, for it passes away and how to value the soul, for it is immortal. Wherefore your soul is forever in happiness with the angels.
Epistle of the 5th Sunday of Lent, Hebrews 9: 11-14
Prokimenon: Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all round about bring gifts to the awesome God.
BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as the high priest of the good things to come (Cf.Lv.16: 14; 19: 4), he entered once for all through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made by hands (that is, not as a part of the present creation), nor again by virtue of blood of goats and calves, but by virtue of his own blood, into the sanctuary, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkled ashes of a heifer sanctify the unclean for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ (Cf. Rv. I: 5), who through the Holy Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God!
The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark the Evangelist 10:32-45 (The Greatest in the Kingdom)
At that time Jesus took the Twelve, and began to tell them what would happen to him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the Scribes; and they will condemn him to death, and will deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him and scourge him, and put him to death; and on the third day he will rise again.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Master, we want thee to do for us whatever we ask.” But he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said, “Grant to us that we may sit, one at thy right hand and the other at thy left hand, in thy glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking for. Can you drink of the cup of which I drink, or be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized?” And they said to him, “We can.” And Jesus said to them “Of the cup that I drink, you shall drink; and with the baptism with which I am to be baptized, you shall be baptized; but as for sitting at my right hand or at my left, that is not mine to give, but it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard this, they were at first indignant at James and John. But Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers among the Gentiles I lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not so among you. On the contrary, whoever wishes to become great shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be the slave of all; for the Son of Man also has not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
الانجيل للاحد الخامس من الصوم العظيم -الانجيل (مرقس 45-32 : 10)
في ذلك الزمان، أَخذ يسوع تلاميذه الاثني عشر، وطفق يقول لهم ما سيعرض له: ها نحن صاعدون إِلى أًورشليم، وابن البشر سيُسلَم إِلى رؤساء الكهنة والكتبة، فيحكمون علية بالموت ويُسلمونه إِلى الامم، فيهزؤون به، ويجلدونه، ويبصقون عليه، ويقتلونه، وفي اليوم الثالث يقوم. فتقدَّم اليه يعقوب ويوحنا ابنا زبدى قائلين: يا معلّم، نريدُ أَن تصنع لنا كل ما نسألك. فقال لهما: ماذا تريدان ان اصنع لكما؟ قالا له: هب لنا أَن يجلس احدنا عن يمينك والآخر عن يسارك في مجدك. فقال لهما يسوع: انكما لا تعلمان ما تطلبان. أَتستطيعان أَن تشربا الكأس التي أشربها أَنا، وأَن تصطبغان بالصبغة التي اصطبغُ بها أَنا؟ فقالا له: نستطيع. فقال لهما يسوع أَما الكأس التي أشربها فتشربانها، والصبغة التي اصطبغُ بها فتصطبغان بها. وأَما الجلوس عن يميني أَو يساري فليس لي أَن اعطيه بل هو للذين أُعد لهم. فلمَّا سمع العشرة أخذوا يغضبون على يعقوب ويوحنا. فدعاهم يسوع وقال لهم: تعلمون ان الذين يُعَدّون أركانه الامم يسودونهم، وعظماءَهم يتسلَّطون عليهم. وأَما في ما بينكم فلا يكن هكذا. بل من أَراد أَن يكون فيكم كبيراً، يكون لكم خادماً. ومن أَراد أَن يصير فيكم الاوَّل، يكون للجميع عبداً. فإِن ابن الانسان لم يأْتي ليُخدَم بل ليخدم، وليَبْذُلَ نفسَهُ فداءً عن كثيرين.