The Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity

Color: Green; Intent: The Right Attitude toward the World

THE COLLECT

We give glory to thee, the way; we give thee glory, the seed, the word, the salt, the true gem, the holy storehouse, the plough, the net, the greatness that has been sent for us children of men. We give thee glory, O truth, rest, splendor, power, commandment, frankness, freedom, our place of refuge. For thou art the lord, the root of immortality and the fountain of incorruption and the strength of the Aeons; for thy name has been set on all things so that through these we too might call on thee. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the words of Hermes the Thrice Great Lord:
Now the universe is first of all living beings, while man as a living creature, is next after the universe but first of mortals. Being mortal he is not only not good but also evil; while the universe is not good as being movable but not evil in that it is deathless. Thus there are these three: God, the universe, and man; God holds the universe, and the universe man. Now God sent man down here to examine heaven, and to know divine power, and to witness the forces of Nature, and to infer what is good and bad, and to find out every kind of cunning workmanship. Having mind according to the father’s will, man is beyond all other living creatures on earth and delight in divinity, giving God the utmost praise and thanks, while revering His image; not unaware that he is himself a second image of God.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:
Be not fearful of the flesh, nor love it. If thou fear before it, it will become master over thee. If thou love it, it will swallow and paralyze thee. Either will he be in this world or in the resurrection or in the places of the midst. God forbid that I be found in them. In this world there is good and evil. Its good is not good, and its evil is not evil. But there is evil after this world, which is truly evil, namely what they call the midst. This is death. While we are in the world it is fitting for us to acquire for ourselves the resurrection, in order that when we strip off the flesh we may be found in rest and walk not in the midst. For many go astray on the way. For it is good to come forth from the world before man yet sinned.

The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

Color: Green; Intent: Serenity

THE COLLECT

Unchanging and eternal God, who reignest for ever serene above the waterfloods, grant us serenity of heart and that holy peace which passeth all understanding and which is not obscured by the shadows of this earth; O Thou great prince of peace to whom all true aspirations ever ascend. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Song of the Great Mother:
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is His name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him: throughout all generations. He hath shewed strength with His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich He hath sent empty away. He remembering His mercy hath helped His servant Israel: as He promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the words of Hermes the Thrice Great Lord:
Now it is impossible to be devoted truly without the philosophy of Gnosis; he who has learnt what existing things are, and how they are ordered, and by whom, and why, will give thanks for all to the Creator as to a good Father and kindly Nurse and faithful Guardian. Feeling gratitude, he will become a devotee, and a devotee will learn also where and what the real is; then having learned this he will be even more devoted and will never again be able to fall away from the good. For when the soul has come to know her forefather she has a wondrous yearning love for him and forgets all evil things; this is the goal of devotion, and if you attain to it you will live nobly and happily, your soul not ignorant of whither she has to fly aloft.

Video Homilies for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

Color: Green; Intent: Spiritual Progress

THE COLLECT

To Thee we turn, God manifest in all the powers that surround us; to Thee O God who art ever beyond all our wonderings and imaginings. Grant, we pray Thee, that we may so serve Thy holy will that our lives and works will not be directed toward the mere mastery of outer things but toward the great glorious joint redemption of the divine in man and the human in the divine. Allow us to fulfill ourselves in Thee, even as we implore Thee to fulfill Thyself in us. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the words of Hermes, the Thrice Great Lord:
Now man is a godlike creature, and the true man is even above the gods, or at least equal in power with them. For no one of the celestials will ever come down to dwell in earth, forsaking the boundaries of heaven, but man goes up to heaven, and measures it, and accurately understands it; and more than all, he comes to be on high without even leaving the earth! Such is the greatness of his ecstasy. O how much more happily blended is the nature of man than others. It is linked with the gods by kindred divinity. He looks down upon that part of him which is earthly within himself; he binds to himself with a bond of love all the rest with which he has learned that he is connected; he looks up to heaven, he tends the earth. Without such beings God did not wish the universe to be complete.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Thomas:
A woman from the multitude said to Him: Blessed is the womb which bore Thee and the breasts which nourished Thee. He said to her: Blessed are those who have heard the word of the Father and have kept it in truth. For there will be days when you will say: Blessed is the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not suckled. Jesus said: Whoever has known the world has found the body, and whoever has the body, of him the world is not worthy. Jesus said: Let him who has become rich become king, and let him who has power renounce it. Jesus said: whoever is near to me is near to the fire, and whoever is far from me is far from the Kingdom.