Patristic / Medieval
Cassian (On Gluttony)
the Great (1 Cor 10:13)
(Epistle - the right use of food and drink Conf. 10.31)
(Step 14 (On Gluttony) and Step 15 (On
Catena Aurea (Gospel)
(115) to XXIV
Cantos XXV(109) to XXVII
of Spiritual Marriage)
Temperance and Sobriety
Walter Hilton (Scale
- Parable of the Wicked Mammon
II - IV
Against Gluttony and
I - XI
Against Whoredom and
Herbert (On Gluttony)
Trench - On the Parables
the Holy Sacrament)
the relation of chastity to prudence see Ch. 3 Chastity and
Unchastity in his essay on Temperance )
the Catholic Church (You shall not commit adultery)
Keble poem -
Trinity IX from The
Images of the Gospel
Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit
and do always such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do
that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to
thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 Cor. 10. 1
BRETHREN, I would not that ye should be
that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the
And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did
eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink
(for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that
was Christ). But with many of them God was not well pleased; for
they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our
examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they
lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is
The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one
three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some
them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur
ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are
for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There
no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is
who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will
with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to
[The Canadian BCP 1962 adds the following...]
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from
I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing
which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?
bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of
For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers
of that one bread.
[The Canadian BCP 1962 took out of the above lection the following
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them
committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
S. Luke 16. 1
JESUS said unto his disciples, There was a
man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had
wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it
that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou
mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward said within
What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I
dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I
am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their
So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto
first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred
measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit
quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much
thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he
unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord
the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of
world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of
that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
[The Canadian BCP 1962 extended the original Gospel by adding the verse following...]
He that is faithful in that which is least is
also in much; and he that is unrighteous in that which is least is
also in much.
The Episcopal BCP 1928 changed the appointed Gospel to the Parable of the Prodigal Son - Luke 15:11-32.
SAVE me, O God, for thy Name's sake : and
avenge me in
2 Hear my prayer, O God : and hearken unto the
of my mouth.
3 For strangers are risen up against me and
which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.
Ant. Behold, God is my helper :
is with them that uphold my soul.
5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies :
them in thy truth.
6 An offering of a free heart will I give thee,
thy Name, O Lord : because it is so comfortable.
7 For he hath delivered me out of all my
trouble : and
mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.
Glory be. Repeat Antiphon.
GRADUAL. Ps 105:39-43
39 He spread out a cloud to be a covering, /
to give light in the night-season.
40 At their desire he brought quails, / and he
them with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock of stone, and the waters
out, / so that rivers ran in the dry places.
42 For why? he remembered his holy promise, /
Alleluia, All. And he brought
people with joy, / and his chosen with gladness. All.
Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions