Saturday, September 3, 2011

September 3-4: First Sunday of September/Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

c11th Bamburg manuscript
of St Gregory the Great's
Moralia in Job
At Matins this Sunday we start reading the Book of Job, and the second Nocturn readings are from St Gregory the Great's famous commentary on it.  The Magnificat antiphon at I Vespers highlights Job's acceptance of his sufferings:

Cum audisset Job nuntiorum verba, sustinuit patienter, et ait: Si bona suscepimus de manu Domini, mala autem quare non sustineamus? In omnibus his non peccavit Job labiis suis, neque stultum aliquid contra Deum locutus est.

When Job heard the words * of the messengers, he suffered it patiently, * and said: What ! shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his ups, nor charged God foolishly.

c18th Russian icon
The Gospel for this Sunday, to which the Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons refer, is from St Luke 10:23-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

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