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The Third Sunday in Lent







Patristic / Medieval 
Tertullian (Gospel)
Ambrose (Gospel)
Augustine (Gospel)

Chrysostom (Parallel Gospel)
Chrysostom (Epistle)
Cyril of Alexandria (Gospel)
Bruno, Abbot (Gospel)

Catena Aurea (Parallel Gospel)

Gregory Palamas (Gospel)



Calvin (Gospel)
Calvin (Epistle)
Luther (Gospel)
Luther (Epistle)

Caroline Divines 


Evangelical Revival 
J. Wesley's Notes (Gospel)
J. Wesley's Notes (Epistle)
C. Wesley (Epistle)


Oxford Movement 
Keble 1 (Luke 11:14)
Keble 2 (Luke 11:21)
Keble 3 (Luke 11:23)
Keble 4 (Luke 11:28)
Newman (Epistle)
Williams (Epistle)
Williams (Gospel)
Blunt's Commentary
Scott's Commentary


Farrer (Paragraph for the Holy Sacrament)
Common Prayer Commentary
Crouse 1

Crouse 2

Crouse 3

Curry 1

Curry 2

D. Smith


G. MacDonald - Miracles
Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)
Cusick (Meeting Christ in the Liturgy)


Additional Materials

Keble poem - Lent 3 from The Christian Year


Images of the healing of a man possessed by a demon

 - Biblical Art on the WWW

 - Textweek


"A Week at Prayer" Bulletin insert with Cdn BCP daily readings


Table of Cdn BCP daily readings for week of Lent 3



WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


THE EPISTLE.  Ephes. 5. 1 
BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks: for this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them: for ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light; (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth;) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them; for it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.  Therefore it is said, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.


THE GOSPEL.  S. Luke 11. 14 
JESUS was casting out a devil, and it was dumb.  And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.  But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils.  And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.  But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.  If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say, that I cast out demons through Beelzebub.  And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.  But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.  When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace; but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.  He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.  And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.  Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

The Canadian 1962 BCP revision does not include the final two verses of this ancient Gospel but concludes with "....the last state of that man is worse than the first."


INTROIT.  Ps 25:8-15 
8 Gracious and righteous is the Lord; / therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
9 Them that are meek shall he guide in judgement; / and such as are gentle, them shall he teach his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, / unto such as keep his covenant, and his testimonies.
11 For thy Name's sake, O Lord, / be merciful unto my sin, for it is great.
12 What man is he, that feareth the Lord? / him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease, / and his seed shall inherit the land.

14 The secret of the LORD is for them that fear him; / and he will show them his covenant.

Ant. Mine eyes are ever looking unto the LORD; / for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.


GRADUAL.  Ps 25:16-22 
16 TURN thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; / for I am desolate and in misery.

17 Relieve thou the sorrows of my heart: / O bring thou me out of my troubles.

18 Look upon my adversity and misery, / and forgive me all my sins.

19 Consider mine enemies, how many they are; / and they bear a tyrannous hate against me.

20 O keep my soul, and deliver me; / let me not be confounded, for I have put my trust in thee.

21 Let perfectness and righteous dealing preserve me; / for my hope is in thee.

22 DELIVER Israel, O God, / out of all his troubles.


Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions