Infancy

The period after Christmas, is known as the Infancy Period, in reference to the infancy of Christ and lasts till the beginning of His public ministry, which we remember at the start of the Great Lent. The first day of this period, December 26th, is the glorification of the Holy Virgin Mary. On December 27th, we remember the martyrdom of the infants of Bethlehem at the hands of Herod. As per Jewish custom the eighth day after the birth of a male child, eight days after the birth of Christ, January 1st, the Circumsion of our Lord is celebrated. On January 6th, the Church commemorates Theophany (Denha), the feast of the baptism of our Lord. Other feasts commemorated during this period are the beheading of St. John the Baptist on January 7th, and the martyrdom of St. Stephen on January 8th. The presentation of our Lord at the Temple of Jerusalem (Mayaltho) is celebrated on February 2nd.

The period before Easter is a preparatory period in anticipation of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord. This preparation is primarily through the Great Lent; however, we begin our preparation during this period through repentance and remembering all the departed of the Church. Our preparation begins with the three-day Nineveh fast in commemoration of repentance of the Ninevites during the time of Jonah. This fast begins three Mondays before the beginning of the Great Lent, ten weeks before Easter. The two Sundays after the Nineveh fast commemorates all departed clergy and all the faithful departed of the Church.

Glorification of St. Mary, Mother of God (December 26)

Evening

  • St. Luke 2: 15-20

Morning

  • St. Luke 11: 23-32

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Exodus 3: 1-10
  • Ezekiel 44: 1-12

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 7:3 0-43
  • Romans 1: 1-10
  • St. Luke 8:16-21

Massacre of the Infants (December 27)

Evening

  • St. Matthew 2: 13-18

Morning

  • St. Mark 6:1-6

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Exodus 1:1-22
  • Jeremiah 31: 15-20
  • Isaiah 60: 8-14

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 7: 11-29
  • Romans 15: 1-7
  • St. Matthew 2: 13-18

First Sunday after Christmas

Evening

  • St. Matthew 10 : 16-23

Morning

  • St. John 15: 18-21

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 37: 13 – 28
  • Zechariah 8: 3-8
  • Isaiah 5:20-30

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 16: 6 -10
  • I Corinthians 10: 1- 13
  • St. Matthew 2: 9 – 15, 19- 23

Circumcision of our Lord & the Feast of St. Basil and St. Gregory (January 1)

Evening

  • St. Luke 13: 6 – 9

Morning

  • St. John 9: 4 -7

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 12 : 1- 9
  • Deuteronomy 10: 12-11: 1
  • Ezekiel 18: 21 -24

Holy Qurbana

  • I John 3: 13 – 18
  • Romans 2: 28-3: 8
  • St.Luke 2 :21
  • St. John15: 5 -19

Second Sunday after Christmas

Evening

  • St. John 1: 35 -42

Morning

  • St. John 1: 43 – 51

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 37: 1- 11
  • 1 Samuel 2 : 18-21
  • Isaiah 26: 1-12

Holy Qurbana

  • I John 3: 21-24
  • Hebrews 11: 23-31
  • St. Luke 2: 40 – 52

Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ (January 6)

Evening

  • St. Mark 1: 1-11

Morning

  • St. Matthew 3 : 1-17

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 24: 10-20
  • II Kings 3 : 19-25
  • Ezekiel 47: 1-12
  • Isaiah 12: 1-6

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 19 :1 -7
  • Titus 2: 11 – 3: 9
  • St. Luke 3: 7-22

Blessing of the Water

  • Acts 8:35-40
  • Hebrews10: 15-25
  • St. John 4:1-42

Beheading of St. John the Baptist (January 7)

Evening

  • St. Luke 3: 1-14, 19-20

Morning

  • St. Mark 6:14-29

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 4: 1 – 15
  • Jeremiah 37: 11-21
  • Isaiah 40: 3-8, 41: 8-13

Holy Qurbana

  • I Peter 3: 12 – 17
  • Romans 8 : 35- 39
  • St. Matthew 14: 1-12

Feast of St. Stephen (January 8)

Evening

  • St. Mark 12: 1-12

Morning

  • St. John 8:34-59

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 4: 1- 15
  • Isaiah 37: 8-20
  • Barazeera 50: 1 -2

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 7: 51 – 8: 2
  • Romans 8: 35- 39
  • St. Matthew 23: 34-39

First Sunday after Baptism of our Lord

Evening

  • St. Mark 1:14-34

Morning

  • St. John 1: 18-28

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 25: 19-34 , 30: 36-31 : 2
  • II Kings 5: 1-14
  • Isaiah 49: 7-13

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 2: 37-47
  • Ephesians 1: 3-14
  • St. Matthew 4: 12-22

Second Sunday after Baptism of our Lord

Evening

  • St. John 1: 26-34

Morning

  • St. John 1: 35-42

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Leviticus 22: 26-33
  • Proverbs 9: 1 – 9
  • Isaiah 51: 1-8

Holy Qurbana

  • I Peter 3: 7-15
  • Hebrews 1: 1, 2: 4
  • St. John 1: 43 – 51

Third Sunday after Baptism of our Lord

Evening

  • St. John 3: 22-4: 3

Morning

  • St. John 5: 30 – 47

Before Holy Qurbana

  • II Kings 2: 19 -22
  • Joel 2:2 1-32
  • Jeremiah 31: 1-12

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 17: 16 – 34
  • I Corinthians 3: 16 – 4: 5
  • St. John 3: 1-12

Fourth Sunday after Baptism

Evening

  • St. Luke 7: 18 – 23

Morning

  • St. Mark 12: 28 – 37

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis2: 4- 17
  • Deuteronomy 18 : 9-16
  • Isaiah 40: 27 -31

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 18: 1- 4, 20 : 33 -35
  • James 5: 1-14
  • I Corinthians 12 : 12-27
  • I Thessalonians 4: 9 -12
  • II Thessalonians 3: 6-15
  • St. Mark 6: 1-6

Fifth Sunday after Baptism of our Lord

Evening

  • St. Matthew 11: 1-15

Morning

  • St. Luke 5:1-11

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 9: 12-17
  • Psalms 29: 1-11
  • Isaiah 41: 8-20

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts9: 10 – 21
  • II Corinthians 4: 1-6
  • St. Mark 1:12-20

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2)

Evening

  • St. Luke 2: 22- 40

Morning

  • St. Luke 2: 22-40

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Leviticus 12: 1-8, 19: 30 -37
  • Proverbs 6 : 20 – 24 , 23 : 22 -26
  • Isaiah11: 1 – 10

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 24:10-23
  • Ephesians 3: 13-21 6: 1-4
  • St. Luke 2: 22 -40

All Departed Holy Fathers (February 3)

Evening

  • St. Luke 13: 22-30

Morning

  • St. Matthew 5: 1-20

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 39: 11-23
  • Lamentations 3: 1-21

Holy Qurbana

  • St. James 1: 12-21
  • II Timothy 3: 10-15
  • St. Luke 6: 20-31

Monday of Three days Lent

Evening

  • St. Matthew 12: 31-41

Morning

  • Numbers 5: 5-10
  • Jonah 1:1- 17
  • Isaiah 19: 17-22
  • Acts 13:6 – 12
  • Colossians 1: 3-13
  • St. Matthew 7: 1-12

Tuesday of Three days Lent

Evening

  • St. Luke 4: 24-32

Morning

  • Exodus 22: 28 – 30
  • Micah 1: 1-16
  • Jonah 2: 1-10
  • Nahum 1: 1-14
  • Isaiah 57: 13-19
  • Acts 8: 9-25
  • Romans 1: 18- 32
  • St. Matthew 24: 36-46

Wednesday of Three days Lent

Evening

  • St. Luke 11: 5-13, 29-32

Morning

  • Exodus 23: 1 -9
  • Zephaniah 1: 11-2: 4
  • Jonah 3: 1 – 10
  • Isaiah 41: 17-26
  • St. James 1: 13-27
  • Romans 15: 24-43
  • St. Luke 11:27-36

Holy Qurbana

  • II Peter 2: 1-18
  • I Thessalonians 5: 12-24
  • St. Matthew 12: 38-50

Thursday / The end of Three days Lent

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis18: 23-33
  • Joshua7: 6- 20
  • Jonah4: 1 – 11

Holy Qurbana

  • St. James4: 7-17
  • Ephesians5: 3-21
  • St. Luke12: 54-13: 9

All Departed Priests

Evening

  • St. Matthew 25: 13-30

Morning

  • St. Luke19: 11-28

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Numbers 20: 23-29
  • Deuteronomy 34: 1-8
  • Isaiah 65: 13-20

Holy Qurbana

  • Acts 20:26-38
  • I Thessalonians 4: 13-5: 11
  • St. Matthew 24: 42-51

All the Departed Faithful

Evening

  • St. Matthew 25: 31-46

Morning

  • St. John 5: 19-29

Before Holy Qurbana

  • Genesis 49: 33-50: 13
  • Ezekie 34: 1-14
  • Isaiah 38: 10-20
  • Maccabians 12: 38 -45

Holy Qurbana

  • St. James 3: 1 – 12
  • I Corinthians 15: 20-28
  • St. Luke 12: 32-48