Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 31: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Woodcut by Francis Barlow, 1687

The readings at Matins for this Sunday are from the first book of  Kings, Chapter 1, and deals with assorted plots over the succession as David became old.  The Magnificat antiphon at I Vespers provides us with the outcome, in the form of the text made famous by Handel's Coronation Anthem using it, "Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet anointed Solomon King".  Enjoy the version from the wedding of Australia's favourite royals (not the UK lot!). 



Today's Gospel is Matthew 7:15-21, warning against false prophets and pastors, those wolves in sheep's clothing.

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