October 16: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II /Third Sunday of October

The first nocturn readings at Matins this Sunday are from 1 Maccabees 9:1 – 20, which deals with Judas Maccabeus’ heroic last stand against Bacchides: confronted with the size of the enemy force, many of his men deserted; Judas insisted on taking the field nonetheless. The antiphon for the Magnificat at I Vespers recalls Israel’s mourning for him.

Austrian, 1897

In the Office for this Sunday, the canticle antiphons refer to the Gospel, Matthew Chapter 9:1-8. Jesus first forgives the sins of the paralytic, prompting accusations of blasphemy, and then physically heals him.

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