Patristic / Medieval
Chrysostom (Parallel Gospel in Matthew)
Gleanings of Orthodox Fathers:
On the Sower
Gregory Palamas - Homily on the Parable of the Sower
the Holy Sacrament)
Common Prayer Commentary
- Sermon on Sexagesima
Logic of PreLent/Lent
Smith on Bach Cantata
Keble poem -
Sexagesima from The
"A Week at Prayer" Bulletin insert with Cdn BCP daily readings
- Table of
Lessons -Canadian BCP
Link to images of the Sower
Spurgeon on the
O LORD God, who seest that we do not put our
any thing that we do: Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be
against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2 Cor. 11. 19
YE suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves
For ye suffer if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if
a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the
I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak: howbeit,
any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. Are they
so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of
Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a
I am more: in labours more abundant; in stripes above measure; in
more frequent; in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I
stripes save one; thrice was I beaten with rods; once was I stoned;
I suffered shipwreck; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in
often; in perils of waters; in perils of robbers; in perils by mine own
countrymen; in perils by the heathen; in perils in the city; in perils
in the wilderness; in perils in the sea; in perils among false
in weariness and painfulness; in watchings often; in hunger and thirst;
in fastings often; in cold and nakedness; besides those things that are
without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for
knoweth that I lie not.
S. Luke 8. 4
WHEN much people were gathered together, and
to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to
his seed; and as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and it was
down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a
rock, and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it
moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it,
and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and
bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he
cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples
asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto
you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to
in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not
understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of
Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and
away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe, and be
They on the rock are they which, when they hear, receive the word with
joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of
temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they
when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares, and riches,
and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But
that on the good ground are they which in an honest and good heart,
heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Ant. Up, Lord, why sleepest thou? / awake, and be
from us for ever.
25 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, / and
misery and trouble?
26 For our soul is brought low, even unto the
our belly cleaveth unto the ground.
27 Arise, and help us, / and deliver us for thy
Glory be. Repeat Antiphon.
6 I have called upon thee, O God, for thou
me: / incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.
7 Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, thou
the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee, / from such as
thy right hand.
8 Keep me as the apple of an eye; / hide me
shadow of thy wings,
Alleluia, All. From the ungodly that trouble me, /even mine
that compass me round about to take away my soul. All.
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