HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
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.
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
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.
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.
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.