The Third Sunday after Trinity

Color: Red; Intent: God as Ruler of Angels

THE COLLECT

O God the King of Angels, ruler of all the Hosts of heaven, thou hast spoken out all the mysteries to us, O giver of the streams of all revelations and dispatcher of all Thy radiant messengers. Thou art the One whom we have loved since our infancy; Thy light shines out in us like a lamp of radiance, for Thou hast sent to us thy shining Angels, who have driven away from us our forgetfulness of the truth, and have taught us to bless Thee and Thy light. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the words of the Holy Prophet Mani:
Now when the Living Father saw the soul afflicted in the body, then the mother of life and the first man and the living spirit stood up in prayer and implored the father of greatness. So the father of greatness heard them and called forth the messenger. Having come, then, he prepared for himself the work for the liberation of souls; he prepared a mechanism with twelve vehicles, the twelve virgin angels with their robes and crowns. The first is Royalty, the second Wisdom, and the third Victory; the fourth is Contentment, the fifth Purity, and the sixth Truth; the seventh is Faith, the eighth Patience, and the ninth Sincerity; the tenth is Kindness, and the eleventh is Justice, while the twelfth is Light.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
I saw the seven Angels who stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another Angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was brought before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the Angel’s hand. And all the Angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God, saying: Amen; blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

Trinity Sunday

Color: Red or White; Intent: Devotion to the Triune Deity

THE COLLECT

Triune Godhead, Source of love and light! The heavens first arose at Thy dread will, and with the glory of that deathless might they roll in splendor through the paths of space; while Thine own sons are searching for Thee still, in every age, through every creed and race; against the many wiles of flesh they fight, and nobly strive to find the soul of right. To Thee we bring our joyous mead of praise, to Thee our King of Peace through boundless days! Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone; and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats; and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings, and thunderings, and voices. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had the face of a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:
Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in the types and images. It will not receive it in any other fashion. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is fitting for those who do not only receive the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, but have obtained them for themselves. If anyone does not obtain them for himself, the name also will be taken from him. But one receives them in the chrism of the fullness of the power of the Cross, which the apostles call the right and the left. For this one is no longer a Christian but a Christ.

Video Homilies for Trinity Sunday by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

A Homily for Trinity Sunday by Bishop Steven Marshall

The Sunday Next before Easter: Palm Sunday

Color: Violet: Intent: The Temporary Triumph of the Light before its Obscuration

THE COLLECT

O Lord, Thou art Aleph the first and Tav the last which have come together in Thee, and so Thy beneficent will has been fulfilled. Before Thy face the angels veil their countenance, and before Thy majesty all the glories of the earth are nothing. As we were told of old that Thy Logos on the day of His triumph rode into the city and was greeted with shouts of joy by the people, grant unto us Thy servants that we may recognize Him when he enters the city of our being, and remain faithful to Him unto the end of the Aeons. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
I heard a great voice of much people in heaven saying: Alleluia; salvation and glory and honor and power unto the Lord our God, for true and righteous are His judgments. And again they said Alleluia. And the four-and-twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying: Amen, Praise our God, all ye His servants and ye that love Him, both great and small. And I heard as if it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying: Alleluia; for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth: let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and His name is called Word of God; and He hath on His vesture and on his thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Matthew:
And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the Mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, “Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and her colt with her: loose them and bring them unto me. And if any man say aught unto you, ye shall say, ‘The Lord hath need of them,’ and he will straightway send them.” And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought the ass and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude, when they heard that Jesus was coming, went forth to meet him, and spread their garments in the way, and others cut down branches from the trees and strew them in his way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, “Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” And the multitude said, “This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.”

Video Homilies for Palm Sunday by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller

A Homily for Palm Sunday by Bishop Steven Marshall