Fourth Sunday in October/ Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

At Matins this Sunday the Scripture readings are from chapter I of the second book of Maccabees, which starts with a copy of a letter explaining what the book is about. The key verses around that used for the Magnificat antiphon (verse 5) at I Vespers on Saturday runs as follows:

“To the brethren, the Jews that are throughout Egypt; the brethren, the Jews that are in Jerusalem, and in the land of Judea, send health and good peace. May God be gracious to you, and remember his covenant that he made with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, his faithful servants: And give you all a heart to worship him, and to do his will with a great heart, and a willing mind. May he open your heart in his law, and in his commandments, and send you peace. May he hear your prayers, and be reconciled unto you, and never forsake you in the evil time. And now here we are praying for you.”

The Gospel for this Sunday is from Matthew 22:15-21, which elicits the famous dictum to render unto Caesar the things that are of Caesar, to God the things of God, the subject of the Canticle antiphons for the Sunday.

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