N047 – 6th Sunday after Trinity

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 Monday

 

Tuesday

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday

 

Friday Saturday
Matins Isa. 57:13b-19 1 Sam. 1:12-20 1 Sam. 1:21-2:11 1 Sam. 2:18-26 1 Sam. 3:1-18 1 Sam. 4:1b-11 1 Sam. 4:12-end
Vespers Gen. 4:1-16 Dan. 2:14-24 Dan. 2:25-35 Dan. 2:36-45 Dan. 3:1-7 Dan. 3:8-18 Dan. 3:19-end

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.

 

Click here to download a PDF file of these minor propers Click here to download a PDF file of a transcript of this talk.

 

 

           

N048 – 7th Sunday after Trinity

7th Sunday after Trinity

Collect: Lord of all power and might, who art the author and give of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of thy holy Name, increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same. 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. Ps. 47 (Omnes gentes) O clap your hands together, all ye people: sing unto God with the voice of melody. Ps. 47 For the Lord is high and to be feared; he is the great king upon all the earth.

The Epistle: Romans 6:19-23 The difference between a life involved in sinfulness and a life dedicated to righteousness in the Lord is very stark. It is as simple as the difference between death and life. We must be dead to sin so that we can receive the gift of eternal life from God.

Gradual: Ps 47 Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. They had an eye unto him and were enlightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

Alleluia. Ps 47 O clap your hands together, all ye people: O sing unto God with the voice of melody. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Mark 8:1-9 Four thousand people have been following Jesus in the wilderness and listening to His teaching for three days. Their supplies have run out – only seven loaves of bread and a few fish are left. Their physical hunger signifies their even greater spiritual hunger. Jesus multiplies the loaves and fish miraculously so that all are not only fed but were filled. The physical food of loaves and fishes signifies the riches of grace with which Christ fills our spiritual hunger by the sacramental mysteries of the Church.

Offertory: Daniel 3.  Like as in the burnt-offerings of rams and bullocks, and like as in ten-thousands of fat lambs: so let our sacrifice be in thy sight this day that it may please thee: for they shall not be confounded that put their trust in thee, O Lord.

Communion: Ps 31 Bow down thine ear: make haste to deliver me.

At the Divine Office

The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

 

Sunday Monday

 

Tuesday

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday

 

Friday Saturday
Matins Hosea 14 1 Sam. 8:4-end  1 Sam. 9:1-10 1 Sam. 9:11-21 1 Sam.9:22 – end 1 Sam. 10:1-16 1 Sam. 10:17-end
Vespers Dan. 5:1-30 Dan. 4:4-18 Dan. 4:19-27 Dan. 4:28 – end Dan. 5:1-9 Dan. 5:10-16 Dan. 5:17 – end

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: Thou hast heard, O Lord, the supplication of thy servant, that I might build a temple to thy Name.

At Matins: The multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat, alleluia.

At 2nd Vespers: I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: and if I send them away fasting, they will faint by the way, alleluia.

Click here to download a PDF file of these minor propers.

Click here to download a PDF file of this talk.

 

 

 

           

 

N045 – 4th Sunday after Trinity

Notes from the Subdeacon

4th Sunday after Trinity

Collect: O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass trhough things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, 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 27:1-2 (v 23-26) (Dominus illuminatio mea) The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom then shall I be afraid? When mine enemies came upon me, they stumbled and fell. Ps. 27:3. Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid.

The Epistle: Romans 8:18-23 St. Paul tells us that any suffering or other hardship we experience in this life is nothing when compared the glory that shall be revealed in us. Further, not just us but all of creation is wounded and suffering as a result of sin. However, By His Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Christ has restored all.

Gradual Ps. 79:8 Be merciful, O Lord, unto our sins: wherefore do the heathen say, Where is now their God? Help us, O God of our salvation: and for the glory of thy Name, O Lord, deliver us.

Alleluia. Ps. 9:4,9 O God, who art set in the throne and judgest right: be thou the refuge of the oppressed in time of trouble.  Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Luke 6:36-42 Jesus gives us a simple standard for our relations with others: we are to be merciful just as our Father in heaven is. Then He tells a couple of short parables: the blind cannot lead the blind; the disciple (us) cannot be above our master (Christ), so before we rush to get a speck out of someone else’s eye, we had best see to our own!

Offertory. Ps. 13:3 Lighten mine eyes that I sleep not in death: lest mine enemies say, I have prevailed against him.

 Communion. Ps. 18:1. The Lord is my stony rock and my defense, my Saviour, my God, and my might.

At the Divine Office

The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

 

Sunday Monday

 

Tuesday

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday

 

Friday Saturday
Matins Lam. 3:22-33 Judges 13:2-24 Judges 16:1-14 Judges 16:15-22 Judges 16:23 Ruth 1:1-14 Ruth 1:15
Vespers Isa. 29:9-15 1 Macc. 1:1-15 1 Macc. 1:54 1 Macc. 2:1-14 1 Macc. 2:15-30 1 Macc. 2:31-43 1 Macc. 2:49-70

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be neither dew nor rain upon you; for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away; the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan was slain upon thy high places! Saul and Jonathan were lovely and exceeding pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided. (2 Samuel 1, also 1 Samuel 31:1-6; 1 Chronicles 10:1-6)

At Matins: Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful, saith the Lord..

At 2nd Vespers: Judge not, that ye be not judged: for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged, saith the Lord.

 

Download File.

Download File

           

N046 – 5th Sunday after Trinity

Notes from the Subdeacon

5th Sunday after Trinity

Collect: Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee: that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness. 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 27:8,11 (v 23-26) (Exaudi Domine) Harken unto my voice, O Lord, when I cry unto thee: thou hast been my succor, leave me not, neither forsake me. Ps. 27:1. The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom then shall I fear?

The Epistle: I Peter 3:8-15 This lesson is summarized in verses 10-12: For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

Gradual Ps. 84:9 Behold, O God, our defender: and look upon thy servants. O Lord God of hosts, hear the prayer of thy servants.

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. Luke 5:1-11 The Gospel today points out the critical importance of faithful obedience to the teaching of Christ. Peter, who had fished all night without success then patiently sat and listened to Christ teaching. Christ commanded Peter to set out on the lake to try again to catch fish. Peter obeyed and there resulted a catch of fish so great that it amazed Peter and his partners, James and John.

Offertory. Ps. 16:8-9 I will bless the Lord who hath given me counsel. I have set God always before me: for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.

Communion. Ps. 27:4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require: even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

At the Divine Office

The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

 

Sunday Monday

 

Tuesday

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday

 

Friday Saturday
Matins Eccles. 2:1-23 Ruth 2:1-13 Ruth 2:14 – end Ruth 3:1 – end Ruth 4:1-8 Ruth 4:9-17 1 Sam. 1:1-11
Vespers Prov. 3:1-12 1 Macc. 3:1-9 1 Macc. 3:42-54 1 Macc. 4:36-51 1 Macc. 4:52 – end Dan. 1:1-21 Dan. 2:1-13

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: Wisdom hast builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath subdued the nations, and in her own might hath she trodden under the necks of the proud and lofty

At Matins: And Jesus entered into a ship, and sat down, and taught the people, alleluia.

At 2nd Vespers: Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net.

 Click here to download a PDF file of these minor propers and antiphons.

Click here to download a PDF file of this talk.

 

 

 

           

N044 – 3rd Sunday after Trinity

Notes from the Subdeacon

3rd Sunday after Trinity

Collect: O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us: and grant that we, to whom thou hast given a hearty desire to pray; may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities. 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 25:15, 17 (v 23-26) (Respice in me) Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me, O Lord: for I am desolate and in misery. Look upon my adversity and misery: and forgive me all my sin, O my God. Ps. 25:1. Unto thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul: my God, I have put my trust in thee, O let me not be confounded.

The Epistle: 1 Peter 5:6-11 In this part of his first Epistle General, St. Peter emphasizes the importance of humility for all of us. He warns us of the great spiritual dangers we are in. The devil is truly our adversary and he roams around like a roaring lion and seeks those whom he not only seeks to lead astray but whom he may devour!

Gradual Ps. 55:23, O cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall nourish thee. When I cried unto the Lord, he heard my voice from the battle that was against me.             

Alleluia. Ps. 7:12. God is a righteous Judge, strong and patient, and God is provoked every day.  Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Luke 15:1-10 In this Gospel lesson, Jesus uses two parables to show the Pharisees and scribes (and, of course, us!) the patience which God has for sinners. He will seek after the one sheep lost out of a hundred until He finds it and brings it back to the flock. Also, He will diligently search through the business of our lives until He finds the one silver piece out of the ten that is lost.

Offertory. Ps. 9:10 They that know thy Name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast never failed them that seek thee. O praise the Lord which dwelleth in Sion: for he forgetteth not the complaint of the poor.

Communion. St. Luke. 15:10. I say unto you, There is joy in the presence of the Angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

At the Divine Office

The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

 

Sunday Monday

 

Tuesday

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday

 

Friday Saturday
Matins Genesis 9:1-17 Judges 5:1-18 Judges 5:19-end Judges 6:1-35 Judges 7:1-9 Song of Songs 3:1-4, 8:1-7 Judges 10:17-11-40
Vespers 1 Samuel 8:1-end Nehemiah 5:1-end Neh. 8:1-end Neh. 9:1-15 Isaiah 52:7-10 Zephaniah 3:14-20 1 Maccabees 1:1-15

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, in the Name of the Lord.

At Matins: What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after the that which is lost, until he find it? Alleluia.

At 2nd Vespers: What woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and seep the house, and seek diligently until she find it?.

 

 

Download File

Click here to download a PDF file of this talk.

           

N043 – 2nd Sunday after Trinity

Notes from the Subdeacon

2nd Sunday after Trinity

The Collect: O Lord, who never failest to help and govern those whom thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name. 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.

The Introit:     Psalm 18:18-19 (v 23-26) (Factus est) The Lord was my upholder, he brought me forth also into a place of liberty: he bought me forth even because he had a favour unto me. Ps. 18:1. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength: the Lord is my stony rock, my defence, and my Saviour.

The Epistle: 1 John 3:13-24 We ought not be surprised if the world hates us. We know that God loves us because He – Jesus Christ – laid down His life for us. We must be prepared to show love of our brothers to the same extent. However, if we are truly prepared to give our lives for our brothers, then we ought all the more readily to give some lesser things – food, clothing, shelter, protection – to our brothers.

Gradual: Ps. 120:1-2, When I was in trouble I called upon the Lord: and he heard me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.               

Alleluia.  Ps. 7:1. O Lord, my God, in thee have I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me and deliver me Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Luke 14:16-24 Our Lord tells the Pharisees the parable of the rich man who gave a great banquet and invited many. Those invited, however, made excuses not to come when the time came. Then the rich man commanded that all the poor, ill, suffering, etc. be invited. These came and there was still room, so the servants were ordered to go out to the very poorest, the homeless and shelterless, and bring them in.

Offertory: Ps. 6:4 Turn thee, O Lord, and deliver my soul: O save me for thy mercy’s sake

Communion: Ps. 13:6. I will sing of the Lord because he hath dealt so lovingly with me: yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest.

At the Divine Office

The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:

 

Monday

 

Tuesday

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday

 

Friday Saturday
Matins Joshua 1 Joshua 3:1-17 Joshua 4:1-8 Joshua 6:1-20 Joshua 14:6 Joshua 23:1-16
Vespers Ezra 7:1-28 Ezra 8:15a-36 Neh. 1 Neh. 2:1-8 Neh. 2:9 Neh. 4:6

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: And all Israel knew from Dan even to Beersheba, that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

At Matins: A certain man made a great supper, and bade many; and sent his servants at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready, alleluia.

At 2nd Vespers: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and compel them to come in; the poor and the maimed, the halt and the blind, that my house may be filled, alleluia.

Click here for a PDF file of these Minor Propers

           Click here to download a PDF file of the transcript of this talk.

 

 

 

N041A – Corpus Christi

Thursday after Trinity Sunday

The feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated yearly on the Thursday which comes after Trinity Sunday. In the liturgy for this feast we give thanks to the Father for the wonderful gift of His Son Who became man for our sake and Who — out of love for us — left us the great Sacrament of His Body and Blood. There are five great hymns which were written for this feast, in this short Note perhaps the most well-known of them is presented. It is sung in Latin and an English translation is provided.