The Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity

Color: Green; Intent: Peace

THE COLLECT

O God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed, kindle, we pray Thee, in the hearts of all people the true love of peace, and guide with Thy pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility Thy kingdom may fully come, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of Thy love. Infuse with Thy holy spirit our understanding so that we may know the peace that passeth understanding, which no outward thing can destroy. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms in their hands, and cried with a loud voice, saying: Salvation to our God who sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 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.”

And one of the elders said unto me: What are these who are arrayed in white robes, and whence came they? These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His Temple; and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Thomas:
His disciples said to Him: When will the repose of the dead come about and when will the new world come? He said to them: What you expect has come, but you know it not. His disciples said to Him: Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel and they all spoke about Thee. He said to them: You have dismissed the living one who is before you and you have spoken about the dead. Jesus said: Whoever does not hate his father and his mother will not be able to be a disciple to me, and whoever does not hate his brethren and sisters and does not take up his cross in my way will not be worthy of me. Jesus said: Whoever has known the world has found a corpse and whoever has found a corpse of him the world is not worthy.

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 Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

Color: Green; Intent: The Universality of Revelation

THE COLLECT

We praise and thank Thee, O Eternal One, for the glorious aid and example of all the messengers of the light, and for the continued presence among us of Thy light which ever leadeth us to Thee. Give us wisdom and discernment we pray so that we may ever faithfully follow Thy divine light and recognize its holy messengers. So we ask and thus we pray in the name of the light that shines in the darkness. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the words of the Holy Prophet Mani:
From time to time wisdom and good deeds have always brought to mankind messengers of God; in age after age have messengers been sent by the infinite king of light; Seth-el, Zarathustra, the Buddha and the Christ. Zarathustra, the famous master and leader of the Mazdean religion wrote no books, his disciples who came after him remembered and wrote his teachings in the books which they read today. When the Buddha came in his turn to India, and the others who have been sent to the East, the disciples have reported of him that he too preached his hope and taught much wisdom. In an other age men were taught by Jesus who came to the West; for all the earlier religions were true so long as pure leaders were in them.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. John:
Then said Jesus unto them again: Amen, Amen, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. By Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine. As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.