August 28: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (and fourth Sunday of August); St Hermes, Memorial

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The first Nocturn Matins readings continue on the reading of the Wisdom books of the Old Testament, this week moving to Eccclesiasticus (Sirach).

The Gospel this Sunday is St Mark 7: 31-37, Our Lord heals the deaf and dumb man.

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St Hermes was martyred with companions in 120 under the judge Aurelian. His cult is one of the victims of the 1969 cull of the novus ordo martyrology (restricted to local celebrations), on the basis of the paucity of information about him (though there is no doubt as to his existence).

August 14: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (and Second Sunday of August)

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The first Nocturn readings for Matins today are from Chapter 1 of Ecclesiastes.   The Gospel, referred to in the Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons, is St Luke 19:41-47, the cleansing of the Temple, and Jesus' prophesy of its destruction.

August 7: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (and first of August); SS Sixtus II, Pope and Martyr; and Felicissimus and Agapitus, Martyrs, Memorial


The first Nocturn readings for Matins in the Office switch over today to 'for the month' mode, starting today with the Book of Proverbs.  The Gospel is Luke 16:1-9, the parable of the unjust steward.


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Pope Sixtus II, whose name appears in the canon of the Mass, was Pope from August 30, 257 to August 6, 258, and was martyred under the Emperor Valerian. Felicissimus and Agapitus were his deacons, and were martyred with him.