HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

Toledo, Ohio

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MASS READINGS FOR THE ANGLO-CELTIC LITURGY

CELEBRATED ACCORDING TO THE REVISED JULIAN CALENDAR

 

     July 23rd, 2017

 

 

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE FEAST OF HOLY TRINITY

 

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, THE HOMILY APPEARS

IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE PROPERS  /  READINGS

 

 

 

INTROIT /Dominus fortitudo. Psalm 28.

THE Lord is the strength of his people, and he is the wholesome defence

of his Anointed: O Lord, save thy people, and give thy blessing unto

thine inheritance: feed them, and set them up for ever. /Ps ibid. /Unto

thee will I cry, O Lord, my God, think no scorn of me: lest, if thou

make as though thou hearest not, I become like unto them that go down

into the pit. V. Glory be.

 

COLLECT.

O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as

pass man's understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee,

that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which

exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

EPISTLE. Romans 6:3-11

3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ

were baptized into his death?

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as

Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so

we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we

shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of

sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with

him:

9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death

hath no more dominion over him.

10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he

liveth unto God.

11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but

alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

GRADUAL. Ps. 90 Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last: and be

gracious unto thy servants. V. Lord, thou hast been our refuge: from one

generation to another.

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps 31 In thee, O Lord, have I put my trust,

let me never be put to confusion: deliver me in thy righteousness: bow

down thine ear to me, make haste to deliver me. Alleluia.

 

GOSPEL. St. Matthew 5:20-26

20 Jesus said unto his disciples: except your righteousness shall exceed

the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case

enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not

kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without

a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to

his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever

shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest

that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be

reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with

him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the

judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till

thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

 

OFFERTORY. Ps. 17. To hold thou up my goings in thy paths, that my

footsteps slip not: incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words:

shew thy marvellous loving-kindness, O Lord, thou that art the Savior

of them which put their trust in thee.

 

SECRET.

WE beseech thee, O Lord, to have compassion on our prayers: and

graciously to accept the oblations of thy servants and handmaidens; that

those things which each hath offered to the honor of thy Name may be

profitable unto all for their salvation. [Through.]

 

COMMUNION. Ps. 27. I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with

great gladness: I will sing, and speak praises unto the Lord.

 

POSTCOMMUNION

O LORD, who hast satisfied us withy thy heavenly bounties: grant that we

may be cleansed from all our secret faults, and delivered from all the

crafts and assaults of our enemies. [Through.]

HOMILY FROM THE GOSPEL

Taken from the Gospel Reading -  Matthew 5:20-26

 

This passage comes from the Sermon on the Mount and is the first of six

so-called “antitheses” where Jesus contrasts the demands of the Law with

those of the Gospel. Virtue for the scribes and Pharisees was largely

measured by external observance of the law.

 

For Jesus that is not enough. For him real virtue is in the heart. There

was a commandment not to kill but Jesus says that even hatred and anger,

violence in the heart (often expressed by abusive language) must be

avoided. Furthermore, we cannot have one set of relationships with God

and another set with people.

 

So, it is no use going to pray and make our offering to God if we have

done hurt to a brother or sister. I must leave my gift at the altar, and

first go and be reconciled with my brother or sister. Only then may I

come to offer my gift.

 

I cannot say I love God if I hate a brother or sister. “If someone says

he loves God, but hates his brother, he is a liar” (1 John 4:20) and “As

often as you did not do it to the least of these you did not do it to

me.” Repentance has to be expressed both to God and the person I have

hurt. I cannot be reconciled to one and not to the other.

 

We have something like this in every celebration of the Eucharist

although, in practice, it can be very superficially done. At the

beginning of the Communion, we together recite the Lord’s Prayer in

which we all say: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin

against us.” How often are we conscious of saying those words and how

often do we really mean them?

 

 THE MASS IS NOT A NEW SACRIFICE BUT A CONTINUATION

OF THE SACRIFICE OFFERED ONCE FOR ALL. 

IN THE MASS WE CONTINUE TO OFFER THE FATHER

THE BODY, BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF HIS CHRIST

AS A PRAYER OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING, ADORATION AND

REPARATION.  CHRIST IS TRULY AND PHYSICALLY PRESENT

IN THE SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR HIDDEN UNDER THE

APPEARANCE OF BREAD AND WINE.

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