Category Archives: Notes – 2016

Podcasts of Notes from the Subdeacon which were published for the Liturgical Year 2016 A.D.

N062 – The Sunday Next Before Advent – The End of the 2016 Liturgical Year

Sunday Next Before Advent

Collect: Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may be thee be plenteously rewarded. 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: Jeremiah 29. (Dixit Dominus) Thus saith the Lord: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction: ye shall call upon me and I will hearken unto you: and will bring again your captivity from all places. Ps. 85. Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way, and walk in the law of the Lord.

The Epistle: Jeremiah 23:5-8. Jeremiah prophesizes the coming of a Righteous Branch from the line of David to execute justice and judgment not only over Israel but over all the earth. This is, of course, a clear reference to Christ, the Hope of the Ages, God Incarnate, who receives human flesh from Mary the Theotokos.

Gradual.: Ps. 44. It is thou, Lord, that savest us from our enemies, and putest them to confusion that hate us. We make our boast of God all day long, and will praise thy Name for ever.

Alleluia: Alleluia, alleluia. Ps 130. Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord hear my voice. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. John 6:5-14. This is one of the accounts of Jesus miraculously feeding a large crowd. In this particular account, note that Jesus asks Philip what should be done, though he knows, of course, what He will do. About five thousand were fed, and a great amount was left over.

Offertory: Ps 130. Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice. Out of the deep I have called unto thee, O Lord.

Communion: St Mark 9.  Verily, I say unto you: what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and it shall be done unto you.

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 Daniel 9:1-5 or Jeremiah 4:23 Joel 1:13 Joel 2:1-11 Joel 2:12-19 Joel 2:21 Joel 3:1-8 Joel 3:9-17
Vespers Eccles. 11:9-12:8 Wisdom 9:1-11 Wisdom 9:12 Wisdom 11:21-12:2 Wisdom 12:12-19 Wisdom 12:12-19 Wisdom 13:1-9

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: Thou that upholdest the throne of the heavens and beholdest the depths, O Lord, King of kings; that weighest the mountains and holdest the earth in the hollow of thine hand; give ear, O Lord, unto us, in the midst of our groanings. (1st Vespers for the 4th Sunday of November)

At Matins: When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

At 2nd Vespers: Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said among themselves, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

 

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N061- 20th Sunday after Trinity

20th Sunday after Trinity

2nd Sunday Before Advent

Collect: O Almighty and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things which thou commandest. 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. Daniel iii. (Omnia quae fecisti) All things that thou hast done to us, O Lord, thou hast done in true judgment, for we have sinned and have not obeyed thy commandments: but give glory to thy Name and deal with us according to the multitude of thy mercies. Ps. cxix. Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way, and walk in the law of the Lord

The Epistle: Ephesians 5:15-21.In this Epistle, St Paul continues his instruction and admotions about living the Christian life. He notes that, as Christians, we are bound to redeem the time.

Gradual. Ps. 145. The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord: and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand and fillest all thing living with plenteousness.

Alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps 108. O God, my heart is ready, my heart is ready: I will sing and give praise unto thee. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Matthew 22:1-14. In this Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the king who made a marriage feast for his sons, invited many people, but no one of those originally invited came. The servants were told to go out and bring in any one. Among those, however, was on who did not have a wedding garment, much to his great dismay.

Offertory. Ps 137 By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, when we remembered thee, O Sion.

Communion. Psalm 119 O think upon thy servant, O Lord, as concerning thy word, wherein thou hast caused me to put my trust: the same is my comfort in my trouble.

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 Daniel 1:1-15 or Eccles. 9:4-10 2 Kings 4:8-17 2 Kings 4:18-25a 2 Kings 25b-37 2 Kings 5:1-8 2 Kings 5:9-19 2 Kings 5:20
Vespers Jer. 2:1-13 Eccles. 1:2-11 Eccles. 2:1-11 Eccles. 2:18 Eccles. 3:1-15 Eccles. 3:16 Eccles. 5:1-7

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: Encompass us, O Lord, with thine impregnable wall: and with the arms of thy power defend us always, our God. (1st Vespers for the 3rd Sunday of November)

At Matins: Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; come unto the marriage, alleluia.

At 2nd Vespers: And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he said unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?

 

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N060 – 19th Sunday after Trinity

19th Sunday after Trinity

3rd Sunday before Advent

Collect: O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; Mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts. 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: (v 23-26) (Salus populi) I am the salvation of my people, saith the Lord: out of whatsoever tribulation they shall cry to me, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.  Ps 78 Hear my law, O my people: incline your ears unto the words of my mouth.

The Epistle: Ephesians 4:17-32. Since we have been incorporated in Christ through baptism and chrismation, our lives must reflect this reality. This is what is involved in the term theosis, our continuing partnership with God’s uncreated energies striving ever to become the glorious person whom God intends us to be.

Gradual Ps. 141 Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight, O Lord, as the incense. Let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.

Alleluia:  Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 105 O give thanks unto the Lord and call upon his Name: tell the people what things he hath done. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Matthew 9:1-8. This is the account of Jesus healing the man sick of the palsy. After He has done this, He was accused of blasphemy. In response, He asks them if is easier to forgive sins or to tell the sick man to get up.

Offertory. Ps 138 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, yet shalt thou refresh me, O Lord. Thou shalt stretch forth thy hand upon the furiousness of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

Communion. Psalm 119 Thou hast charged that we shall diligently keep thy commandments: o that my ways were made so direct that I might keep thy commandments.

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 Ezekiel 1:1-12 or Hab. 1:12-2:14 Obadiah 1-9 Obadiah 10 Mal. 1:6-11 Mal  2:1-10 Mal 3:1-15 Mal. 3:16-46
Vespers Amos 5:14-24 Deut. 24:10-18 Deut. 25:1-16 Deut. 26:1-11 Deut. 28:1-14 Deut. 29:2-21 Deut. 30:1-11

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: I saw the Lord also, sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple: the whole earth was full of the majesty of his glory. (1st Vespers for the 3rd Sunday before Advent)

At Matins: The Lord said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee.

At 2nd Vespers: The sick of the palsy therefore took up his bed whereon he lay, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

 

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N056 – 15th Sunday after Trinity

15th Sunday after Trinity

Collect: Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy: and, because the fraility of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and leas us to all things profitable to our salvation. Through of  Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.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 86:1, 3(v 23-26) (Inclina, Domine) Bow down thine ear, O Lord, and hear me: save thy servant that putteth his trust in thee: be merciful unto me, O Lord, for I will call daily upon thee. Ps 86:4 Comfort the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I left up my soul.

The Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18 In this Epistle, Saint Paul makes clear that Christ became Man, suffered, died, and rose again for every one, not merely the Jews.

Gradual Ps. 92:1-2 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord: and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most Highest. To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning, and of thy truth in the night-season.

Alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 95 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all the earth. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Matthew 6:24-34  In this Gospel Jesus tells us plainly that we must choose to serve God, with all that entails or not. We may not wobble “on the fence.”

Offertory. Psalm 40:1, 3 I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined unto me and heard my calling: and he hath put a new song in my mouth, even a thanksgiving unto our God.

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 1 Macc. 4:36-51 or Micah 6:1-8 2 Sam 16:23-17:14 2 Sam. 2:17 2 Sam. 18:1-17 2 Sam. 18:19 2 Sam. 19:1-10 2 Sam. 19:11
Vespers Jer. 7:1-11 Ecclus. 19:20 Ecclus. 20:9-20 Ecclus. 24:1-22 Ecclus. 28:13 Ecclus. 31:12-32:2 Ecclus. 34:1-8

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: The sun shone upon the shields of gold, and the mountains glistered therewith: and yet the forces of the heathen were discomfited. (1st Vespers for the 2nd Sunday in October)

At Matins: Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? Or What shall we drink? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things, alleluia.

At 2nd Vespers: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you, alleluia.

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N055 – 14th Sunday after Trinity

Episode Notes

14th Sunday after Trinity

The Introit: Psalm 84:9 (v 23-26) (Protector noster) Behold, O God our defender, and look upon the face of thine Anointed: for one day in thy courts is better than a thousand.  Ps 84:1 O how amiable are thy dwellings, thou Lord of hosts! My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord.

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command. Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.

The Epistle: Galatians 5:16-24 In this Epistle, Saint Paul tells us that even after our baptism, we are still very much afflicted by sins, particularly sins of the flesh. However, the perfect remedy for this is Christ, Who gives the fruit of the Holy Spirit and so “they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lust.

Gradual: Ps. 118:8-9 It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put any confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put any confidence in princes

Alleluia: Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 95 O come, let us sing to the Lord: let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Alleluia

The Gospel: St. Luke 17:11-19 This tells how Christ, while journeying, encountered ten lepers. They begged to be healed and so He told them to go to show themselves to the priests. On the way, they were all cured, but only one — a Samaritan! – returned to give Jesus thanks.

Offertory: Psalm 34:7-8 The Angel of the Lord tarrieth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them: O taste and see how gracious the Lord is.                             
Communion: St. Matthew 6: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you, saith the Lord.

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N054 – 13th Sunday after Trinity

Episode Notes

13th Sunday after Trinity

The Introit: Psalm 74: (v 23-26) (Respice, Domine) Look, O Lord, upon thy covenant, and forsake not the congregation of the poor forever: arise, O God, maintain thine own cause, and forget not the voices of them that seek thee.  Ps 74:1 O God, wherefore art thou absent from us so long: why is thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture?

Collect: Almighty and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not final to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of  Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.

The Epistle: Galatians 3:16-22 In this Epistle, Saint Paul tells us that Gods loving and faithful covenant with men by which He binds Himself to us for ever and promises salvation, preceded the Law by centuries. The Law, when it came, did not confer righteousness but rather served then (and now) as a measure of righteousness. Righteousness comes only from Christ.

Gradual: Ps. 74:1-2 Look upon thy covenant, O Lord, and forget not the congregation of the poor forever. Arise, O God, maintain thine own cause: remember the rebuke that thy servants have.      

Alleluia:  Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 90 Lord, thou hast been our refuge from one generation to another. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Luke 10:23-37 This Gospel is the account of a lawyer (always a devious interlocutor) who asks Christ what he must do to be saved. He must, says Christ, love his neighbor. The lawyer then cross-examines Christ by asking who his neighbor may be. Christ refutes him soundly by the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Offertory: Psalm 31: My hope hath been in thee, O Lord; I have said, Thou art my God, my time is in thy hand.
Communion: Wisdom 16: Thou hast given us bread from heaven, O Lord, having every delight and every taste of sweetness.

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N053 – 12th Sunday after Trinity

Episode Notes

12th Sunday after Trinity

The Introit. Psalm 70: (v 23-26) (Deus in adjutorium) Haste thee, O God, to deliver me: make haste to help me, O Lord: let mine enemies be ashamed and confounded, that seek after my soul. . Ps 70:2b Let them be turned backward and put to confusion that wish me evil.

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy, forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.

The Epistle: 2 Corinthians 3:4-9 In this Epistle, St. Paul reminds us that God, Who created and redeemed us with His infinite love, will always stand by for us when we reach out to Him in humility.

Gradual Ps. 34:1-2 I will alway give thanks unto the Lord:  his praise shall ever be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.           

Alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 88 O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Mark 7:31-37 This is St. Mark’s account of how Jesus healed a man who was both deaf and dumb.

Offertory. Exodus 32 Moses besought the Lord his God, and said: why, O Lord, doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people: Turn from thy fierce wrath: remember Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to whom thou swarest to give a land flowing with milk and honey. And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
Communion. Psalm 104:13-15 The earth, O Lord, is filled with the fruit of thy works: that thou mayest bring food out of the earth, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

 

N052 – 11th Sunday after Trinity

11th Sunday after Trinity

Episode Notes

The Introit. Psalm 68: (v 23-26) (Deus in loco sancto) God is in his holy habitation: he is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house: he will give strength and power unto his people. Ps 68:1 Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

Collect: O God, who declares thy almighty power chiefly in shewing mercy and pity; mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; 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 Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-10 In this Epistle lesson St. Paul reminds us very forcefully that our Faith is based upon reality. The Incarnation of Christ was a real event that occurred in a specific time and place. It is not a “nice idea” or a “myth,” etc.

Gradual Ps. 28 My heart hath trusted in God, and I am helped: therefore my heart danceth for joy and in my song will I praise him. Unto thee will I cry, O Lord: be not silent, O my God, nor depart from me.          

Alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 81 Sing we merrily unto God our strength, make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob: take the merry harp with the lute. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Luke 18:9-14 This is the very familiar account of the Pharisee and the Publican who both go up to the Temple to pray, but only one of them has the humility necessary for his prayer to be heard.

Offertory. Psalm 30 I will magnify thee, O Lord, for thou hast set me up, and not made my foes to triumph over me: O Lord, I cried unto thee and thou hast healed me. Communion. Psalm 51:19 Thou shalt be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with burnt-offerings and oblations upon thine altar, O Lord.
Communion. Proverbs 3 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine

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N051 – 10th Sunday after Trinity

10th Sunday after Trinity 

Collect: Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please thee; 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 55: (v 23-26) (Cum clamarem) When I called upon the Lord, he heard my voice from the battle that was against me: and he hath brought them down, even he that is of old and endureth forever. Ps 55:1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and hide not thyself from my petition: take heed unto me, and hear me.

The Epistle: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 In this Epistle, St. Paul goes to considerable length to bring home the point that while there are, indeed, many different gifts given to the various members of the Church, however, the Holy Spirit harmonizes them and draws them together. Contrarywise, an apparent gift which foments division and operation away from the Body of Christ is not of God

Gradual Ps. 17:8 & 2 Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of an eye: hide me under the shadow of thy wings. Let my sentence come forth from thy presence, and let thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.

Alleluia. Ps. 65:1[1] Thou, O God, art praised in Sion, and unto thee shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Luke 19:41-47 The Lord sees the City of Jerusalem from the neighboring heights and laments the coming destruction of the City because it is not faithful to Lord and so will be overwhelmed by its enemies.

Offertory. Psalm 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. Neither let mine enemies triumph over me: for all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed.

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 Job 1:1-11 or Ecclus. 1:1-10 1 Sam. 18 1 Sam. 20:1-23 1 Sam. 20:24 1 Sam 22 1 Sam 23 1 Sam 28
Vespers 2 Sam. 1:17 Micah 4:1-8 Micah 4:9-5:1 Micah 6:1-8 Micah 6: 9 Micah7:1-9 Micah 7:10

Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: Now when Job had heard the words of the messengers, he endured with patience, saying, Shall we receive good at the Lord’s hand, and shall we not receive evil also? In all this Job sinned not with his lips, neither charged God foolishly. (Saturday before the 1st Sunday of September in 2016).

At Matins: I will go to my father, and will say unto him: Father make me as one of thy hired servants.

At 2nd Vespers: But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet, alleluia.

 

Communion. Psalm 51:19 Thou shalt be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with burnt-offerings and oblations upon thine altar, O Lord.

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[1] Some sources erroneously show this to be from Psalm 59, but it is clearly the 1st verse of Psalm 65.

N047S – The Finding of the Relics of St. Stephen the Protomartyr

August 3rd

Feast of the finding of the body of blessed Stephen, first martyr, and of the Saints Gamaliel, Nicodemus, and Abibo.

This is a supplement to N047, which was for the 6th Sunday after Trinity. It sets out the history of the martyrdom of St. Stephen, the protomartyr as well as importance of the finding of his relics and those of St. Gamaliel, St. Nicodemus, and St. Abibon.

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