Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

The first nocturn readings at Matins this Sunday are for the first chapter of the wonderful Book of Tobit. The sermon (by Pope St Leo) in the second nocturn however, is on the coming Ember days of the week, and the necessity of fasting and almsgiving. And it it to this perhaps that the Magnificat antiphon for I Vespers perhaps also points us.

The Gospel this Sunday, to which the canticle antiphons refer, is Matthew 22: 34-46, when the Pharisees ask Our Lord which is the greatest commandment, and he replies with the exhortation to love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul, and goes on to give a short exposition of the Christological meaning of Psalm 110, said at Sunday Vespers.

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