Notes from the Subdeacon
6th Sunday after Trinity
Collect: O God, who hast prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward thee; that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, Our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Introit. Psalm 28:1, 9 (v 23-26) (Domine fortitudo) The Lord is the strength of his people, and he is the wholesome defense of his Anointed. O Lord, save thy people and give thy blessing unto thine inheritance: feed them and set them up for ever. Ps28:1 Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my strength, think no scorn of me: lest if thou make as thou hearest not, I become like unto them that go down into the Pit
The Epistle: Romans 6:3-11 The only way out of sin is by the Passion and Death of Christ and the only way to eternal life is by the Resurrection of Christ. We must participate fully in all of this saving work. This participation only comes in the sacramental life of the Church, the Body of Christ.
Gradual Ps. 90: Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last, and be gracious unto thy servants. Lord, thou hast been our refuge, from one generation to another.
Alleluia. Ps. 21:1. The King shall rejoice in thy strength, O Lord: exceeding glad shall he be of thy salvation. Alleluia
The Gospel: St. Matthew 5:20-26 Here is outlined one of the most difficult parts of the Gospel: we must love our brother even though we must hate his sin. Sometimes there is cause for anger at the actions of our brother and sometimes we must act to prevent harm, but in no case can we give free reign to our anger and indulge in hatred.
Offertory. Ps. 17: O hold thou up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not: incline thine ear unto me and hearken unto my words. Show thy marvelous living-kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them that put their trust in thee, O Lord.
Communion. Ps. 27: I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness: I will sing and speak praises unto the Lord.
At the Divine Office
The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:
Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons
At 1st Vespers: Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed Solomon king in Gihon: and the people came up rejoicing and said, Let the king live forever.
At Matins: Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgment.
At 2nd Vespers: If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift, alleluia.