Color: Green; Intent: The Mystery of Christ
Hear us while we praise Thee, Thou First Mystery who hast shone out in the mystery of manifestation and caused the God of Truth to establish the aeons, and appointed rulers and ministers and servants in the aeons. Take and save all our portions scattered abroad since the foundation of the world in the rulers, ministers and servants of the aeons; gather them all in, and take them to the Light. We praise thee, O God unattainable, and we thank thee for Christ, thy light, which thou hast sent to dwell in us. Amen.
The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah:
There shall come forth a rod out of Jesse and a branch shall grow out of his root; and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of reverence to the Lord. He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears; but with righteousness shall he judge the poor and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Thomas:
Jesus said to his disciples: Make a comparison to me and tell me who I am like. Simon Peter said to him: Thou art like a righteous angel. Matthew said to him: Thou art like a wise man of understanding. Thomas said to him: My mouth will in no way declare whom thou art like. Jesus said: I am not thy Master, because thou hast drunk, thou hast become drunk from the bubbling spring which I have measured out. And he took him, he withdrew, and he spoke three words to him. Now when Thomas came to his companions, they asked him: What did Jesus say to thee? Thomas said to them: If I tell you one of the words which he said to me, you will take up stones and throw them at me; and fire will come from the stones and burn you up.
Homilies for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity by Bishop Stephan Hoeller