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Topic of the Week   (Abib 20-26)
We Must Be Prepared

Verse of the Week
"'Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridgegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.'"

- Matthew 25:1-13

Meaning: This parable illustrates the preparedness, or lack of it, while the bridgegroom was delayed. The Old Testament prophets portray the covenant between God and Israel as a marriage covenant. The marriage will finally be consummated when the Bridegroom returns at the end of the age and the righteous form a wedding party to go forth to meet Him. The Bridegroom represents Christ in His Passion, who dies out of love for His Church.

That the wise virgins also 'slumbered and slept' suggests that once prepared, a person rests as needed. Their refusal to give oil to the foolish ones is not a lack of love. It portays the fact that spiritual preparedness cannot be conveniently given or borrowed. This parable encourages the proper use of God's gifts: to bear fruit. Some interpreters say lamps indicate the gift of purity and holiness, and oil, works of mercy -- the grace of the Holy Spirit. Traditionally, virginity has been considered a special 'lamp,' and almsgiving or help to the poor a special 'oil.'

Proverb of the Week
"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion."

Proverbs 28:1

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Monday- July 27th (Abib 20)
6:30pm - 7:45pm - Prayer Meeting (Arabic)
7:45pm - 9:00pm - St. Mary Ladies Meeting
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Hymn Classes (PK - 8th)
(High School & up)
8:00pm - 9:00pm - Deaconate Meetings (1st - 8th)
(High School & up)
8:00pm - 9:00pm - Continued Adult Alhan & Deaconate Meeting
9:00pm - 10:00pm - Prayer Meeting for 1st - 8th Grade Servants

Tuesday- July 28th (Abib 21)
The Monthly Commemoration of St. Mary
8:00am - 10:30am - Divine Liturgy
7:00pm - 9:00pm - Evangelism Meeting
8:00pm - 9:30pm - Midnight Prayers and Praises
9:00pm - 10:30pm-Journey through the Bible (English)

Wednesday- July 29th (Abib 22)
8:00am - 10:30am - Divine Liturgy

Thursday- July 30th (Abib 23)
The Martyrdom of St. Marina of Antioch
5:00am - 6:30am - Divine Liturgy
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Raising of Vespers Incense

Friday - July 31st (Abib 24)
The Martyrdom of St. Apanoub
8:00am - 10:30am - Divine Liturgy
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Bible Study (English-High School)
7:30pm - 9:30pm - Bible Study (Arabic)
8:00pm - 9:30pm - High School Youth Meetings
8:00pm - 10:00pm - St. Pishoy College Youth Meeting
8:30pm - 10:00pm - St. John Chrysostom Fellowship
English: for graduates, engaged & newlywed couples
9:30pm - 11:00pm - Midnight Prayers and Praises

Saturday- August 1st (Abib 25)
7:45am - 10:30am - Divine Liturgy
5:00pm - 5:45pm - Hymn Classes (K-8)
Also-Vespers Prayers, Praises (Congregation)
5:45pm - 6:30pm - Raising of Vespers Incense
(K-8 and Congregation)
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Sunday School (K-8)
-The Holy Family Meeting
8:00pm - 10:20pm -Midnight Prayers & Praises

Sunday- August 2nd (Abib 26)
6:00am - 9:00am - ARABIC & ENGLISH Liturgy
9:00am - 12:00pm - ENGLISH Liturgy (Church)
9:00am - 12:00pm - ARABIC Liturgy (Chapel)
7:00pm - 9:00pm - St. Antony Youth Meeting (Arabic)