November 14: Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

The Scripture readings for Matins this Sunday, to which the Magnificat antiphon for I Vespers alludes (though it is not Scriptural) are from Hosea, the first of the 'minor prophets' in the Bible, and who preached around the year 750 BC.

Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his encyclical Deus Caritas Est, “The Prophets, particularly Hosea and Ezekiel, described God's passion for his people using boldly erotic images. God's relationship with Israel is described using the metaphors of betrothal and marriage; idolatry is thus adultery and prostitution. … The history of the love-relationship between God and Israel consists, at the deepest level, in the fact that he gives her the Torah, thereby opening Israel's eyes to man's true nature and showing her the path leading to true humanism.”

The Canticle antiphons for Sunday itself come from those for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, and refer to the Gospel for Sunday, Matthew 13: 31-35, the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven.

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