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The Sunday called Quinquagesima






Patristic / Medieval 
Cyprian (Love is Patient)
Cyril of Alexandria (Gospel)
   - Harmony of the Gospels
   - Love & Illumination

Chrysostom (Gospel Parallel)
Chrysostom (Epistle)
Gleanings of Orthodox Fathers (On Charity)
John Climacus (see Step 30 Faith, Hope and Charity in the Ladder of Divine Ascent)

Catena Aurea (Gospel Parallel)



First Book of Homilies - Sermon on Christian Love and Charity
Calvin  (Gospel)

Calvin (Epistle)

Luther (Gospel)
Luther (Epistle)


Caroline Divines 
Taylor (Love of God)
Taylor (Love of Neighbor)


Evangelical Revival 
Wesley Sermon (Epistle)1
Wesley Sermon (Epistle)2
Wesley Sermon (Epistle)3
Wesley's Notes - Epistle
Whitefield (Epistle)


Oxford Movement 
Keble (Gospel)
Newman (Epistle)1
Newman (Epistle)2
Newman (Epistle)3
Williams (Epistle)
Williams (Gospel)
Blunt's Commentary
Trench - On the Miracles
Scott's Commentary


C.S. Lewis - The Four Loves (see Chapter on Charity)

Farrer (Weekly Paragraph on the Holy Sacrament)
Common Prayer Commentary

     - Quinquagesima Sermon

     - Logic of PreLent/Lent

Curry 1

Curry 2
Smith on Bach Cantata BWV 159


G. MacDonald (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)

Joseph Pieper - On Love
Paul Tillich Ch. 13 of The Shaking of the Foundations
Reinhold Niebuhr - from Beyond Tragedy


Additional Materials

Keble poem - Quinquagesima from The Christian Year
"A Week at Prayer" Bulletin insert with Cdn BCP daily readings
Table of Cdn BCP daily readings for week of Quinquagesima


O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever lives is counted dead before thee: Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake.  Amen.

THE EPISTLE.  1 Cor. 13. 1 
THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

THE GOSPEL.  S. Luke 18. 31
THEN Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished.  For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: and they shall scourge him, and put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again.  And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.  And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way-side begging: and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.  And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.  And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.  And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.  And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?  And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.  And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee.  And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.


  INTROIT.  Ps 31:1-6  
IN thee, O Lord, have I put my trust; / let me never be put to confusion; deliver me in thy righteousness.
2 Bow down thine ear to me; / make haste to deliver me.
3 And be thou my strong rock and house of defence, / that thou mayest save me.
Ant.  For thou art my strong rock and my castle: / be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's sake.
5 Draw me out of the net that they have hidden for me; / for thou art my strength.
6 Into thy hands I commend my spirit; / for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.

GRADUAL.  Ps 31:22-26 
O HOW plentiful is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee, / and that thou hast prepared for them that put their trust in thee, even before the sons of men!
23 Thou hidest them in the secret place of thine own presence from the plottings of men: / thou shalt keep them secretly in thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.
24 Thanks be to the Lord; / for he hath showed me his marvellous loving-kindness in a strong city.
25 But as for me, I said in my haste, / 'I am cast out of the sight of thine eyes.'
26 Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer, / when I cried unto thee.

Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotion