قصة الكاهن زكريا وزوجته اليصابات والدي يوحنا المعمدان/Verses telling the Story of Zechariah the Priest & His Wife Elizabeth, John the Papist’s Parents

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قصة الكاهن زكريا وزوجته اليصابات والدي يوحنا المعمدان
إنجيل القدّيس لوقا01/من01حتى25/:”بِمَا أَنَّ كثيرينَ أَخَذُوا يُرَتِّبونَ رِوَايةً لِلأَحْدَاثِ ٱلَّتي تَمَّتْ عِنْدَنا، كَمَا سَلَّمَها إِلَيْنَا مَنْ كَانُوا مُنْذُ البَدْءِ شُهُودَ عِيَانٍ لِلْكَلِمَة، ثُمَّ صَارُوا خُدَّامًا لَهَا، رَأَيْتُ أَنا أَيْضًا، أَيُّهَا الشَّرِيفُ تِيُوفِيل، أَنْ أَكْتُبَها لَكَ بِحَسَبِ تَرْتِيِبهَا، بَعْدَما تَتَبَّعْتُهَا كُلَّها، مُنْذُ بِدَايَتِهَا، تَتَبُّعًا دَقيقًا، لِكَي تَتَيَقَّنَ صِحَّةَ الكَلامِ الَّذي وُعِظْتَ بِهِ. كَانَ في أَيَّامِ هِيرُودُس، مَلِكِ اليَهُودِيَّة، كَاهِنٌ ٱسْمُهُ زَكَرِيَّا، مِنْ فِرْقَةِ أَبِيَّا، لهُ ٱمْرَأَةٌ مِنْ بَنَاتِ هَارُونَ ٱسْمُها إِليصَابَات. وكَانَا كِلاهُمَا بَارَّيْنِ أَمَامَ الله، سَالِكَيْنِ في جَمِيعِ وصَايَا الرَّبِّ وأَحْكَامِه بِلا لَوْم. ومَا كَانَ لَهُمَا وَلَد، لأَنَّ إِليصَابَاتَ كَانَتْ عَاقِرًا، وكَانَا كِلاهُمَا قَدْ طَعَنَا في أَيَّامِهِمَا. وفِيمَا كَانَ زَكَرِيَّا يَقُومُ بِالخِدْمَةِ الكَهَنُوتِيَّةِ أَمَامَ الله، في أَثْنَاءِ نَوْبَةِ فِرْقَتِهِ، أَصَابَتْهُ القُرْعَة، بِحَسَبِ عَادَةِ الكَهَنُوت، لِيَدْخُلَ مَقْدِسَ هَيْكَلِ الرَّبِّ ويُحْرِقَ البَخُور. وكَانَ كُلُّ جُمْهُورِ الشَّعْبِ يُصَلِّي في الخَارِج، في أَثْنَاءِ إِحْرَاقِ البَخُور. وَتَراءَى مَلاكُ الرَّبِّ لِزَكَرِيَّا وَاقِفًا مِنْ عَنْ يَمِينِ مَذْبَحِ البَخُور، فَٱضْطَرَبَ زَكَرِيَّا حِينَ رَآه، وٱسْتَولَى عَلَيْهِ الخَوف. فقَالَ لهُ المَلاك: «لا تَخَفْ، يَا زَكَرِيَّا، فَقَدِ ٱسْتُجيبَتْ طِلْبَتُكَ، وَٱمْرَأَتُكَ إِلِيصَابَاتُ سَتَلِدُ لَكَ ٱبْنًا، فَسَمِّهِ يُوحَنَّا. ويَكُونُ لَكَ فَرَحٌ وَٱبْتِهَاج، ويَفْرَحُ بِمَوْلِدِهِ كَثِيرُون، لأَنَّهُ سَيَكُونُ عَظِيمًا في نَظَرِ الرَّبّ، لا يَشْرَبُ خَمْرًا ولا مُسْكِرًا، وَيَمْتَلِئُ مِنَ الرُّوحِ القُدُسِ وَهُوَ بَعْدُ في حَشَا أُمِّهِ. ويَرُدُّ كَثِيرينَ مِنْ بَني إِسْرَائِيلَ إِلى الرَّبِّ إِلهِهِم. ويَسيرُ أَمَامَ الرَّبِّ بِرُوحِ إِيلِيَّا وقُوَّتِهِ، لِيَرُدَّ قُلُوبَ الآبَاءِ إِلى الأَبْنَاء، والعُصَاةَ إِلى حِكْمَةِ الأَبْرَار، فيُهيِّئَ لِلرَّبِّ شَعْبًا مُعَدًّا خَيْرَ إِعْدَاد». فقَالَ زَكَرِيَّا لِلْمَلاك: «بِمَاذَا أَعْرِفُ هذَا؟ فإِنِّي أَنَا شَيْخٌ ، وٱمْرَأَتي قَدْ طَعَنَتْ في أَيَّامِهَا!». فأَجَابَ المَلاكُ وقالَ لهُ: «أَنَا هُوَ جِبْرَائِيلُ ٱلوَاقِفُ في حَضْرَةِ الله، وقَدْ أُرْسِلْتُ لأُكَلِّمَكَ وأُبَشِّرَكَ بِهذَا. وهَا أَنْتَ تَكُونُ صَامِتًا، لا تَقْدِرُ أَنْ تَتَكَلَّم، حَتَّى اليَوْمِ الَّذي يَحْدُثُ فِيهِ ذلِكَ، لأَنَّكَ لَمْ تُؤْمِنْ بِكَلامِي الَّذي سَيَتِمُّ في أَوَانِهِ». وكَانَ الشَّعْبُ يَنْتَظرُ زَكَرِيَّا، ويَتَعَجَّبُ مِنْ إِبْطَائِهِ في مَقْدِسِ الهَيْكَل. ولَمَّا خَرَجَ زَكَريَّا، لَمْ يَكُنْ قَادِرًا أَنْ يُكَلِّمَهُم، فأَدْرَكُوا أَنَّهُ رَأَى رُؤْيَا في المَقْدِس، وكَانَ يُشيرُ إِلَيْهِم بِالإِشَارَة، وبَقِيَ أَبْكَم. ولَمَّا تَمَّتْ أَيَّامُ خِدْمَتِهِ، مَضَى إِلى بَيْتِهِ.وبَعْدَ تِلْكَ الأَيَّام، حَمَلَتِ ٱمْرَأَتُهُ إِلِيصَابَات، وكَتمَتْ أَمْرَهَا خَمْسَةَ أَشْهُر، وهِيَ تَقُول: هكَذا صَنعَ الرَّبُّ إِليَّ، في الأَيَّامِ الَّتي نَظَرَ إِليَّ فِيهَا، لِيُزيلَ العَارَ عَنِّي مِنْ بَيْنِ النَّاس!.”

Verses telling the Story of Zechariah the Priest & His Wife Elizabeth, John the Papist’s Parents
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke01/01-25/:”Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed. In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years. Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. Now at the time of the incense-offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’Zechariah said to the angel, ‘How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.’The angel replied, ‘I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.’ Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah, and wondered at his delay in the sanctuary. When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak. When his time of service was ended, he went to his home. After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she remained in seclusion. She said, ‘This is what the Lord has done for me when he looked favourably on me and took away the disgrace I have endured among my people.’”