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The Sunday called Sexagesima






Patristic / Medieval
Cyril (Gospel)

Chrysostom (Parallel Gospel in Matthew)
Chrysostom (Epistle)
Augustine (Gospel)
Gleanings of Orthodox Fathers:
    -  On Fortitude
    -  On Prudence
    -  On Faith
    -  On the Sower
Catena Aurea (Gospel)
Gregory Palamas - Homily on the Parable of the Sower

Calvin (Gospel)
Calvin (Epistle)
Luther (Gospel)
Caroline Divines 

Evangelical Revival 
Wesley's Notes (Gospel)
Wesley's Notes (Epistle)

Oxford Movement 
Keble (Gospel)
Newman 1
Newman 2
Williams (Epistle)
Williams (Gospel)
Blunt's Commentary
Scott's Commentary

Farrer (Weekly Paragraphs on the Holy Sacrament)
Common Prayer Commentary
     - Prelent Season
     - Sexagesima


     - Sermon on Sexagesima

     - Logic of PreLent/Lent

Smith on Bach Cantata BWV 18

Spurgeon on the Sower
Matthew Henry (Gospel)

Additional Materials
Keble poem - Sexagesima from The Christian Year
"A Week at Prayer" Bulletin insert with Cdn BCP daily readings
Daily Readings - Table of Lessons -Canadian BCP
Link to images of the Sower


O LORD God, who seest that we do not put our trust in any thing that we do: Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

THE EPISTLE.  2 Cor. 11. 19
YE suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.  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 face.  I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak: howbeit, whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.  Are they Hebrews? 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 fool,) I am more: in labours more abundant; in stripes above measure; in prisons more frequent; in deaths oft.  Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one; thrice was I beaten with rods; once was I stoned; thrice I suffered shipwreck; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings 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 brethren; 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 churches.  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 infirmities.  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

THE GOSPEL.  S. Luke 8. 4
WHEN much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and it was trodden 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 lacked 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 others 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 God.  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe, and be saved.  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 which, 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, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.


  INTROIT.  Ps 44:24-27   
Ant.  Up, Lord, why sleepest thou? / awake, and be not absent from us for ever.
25 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, / and forgettest our misery and trouble?
26 For our soul is brought low, even unto the dust: / our belly cleaveth unto the ground.
27 Arise, and help us, / and deliver us for thy mercy's sake.
Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.

GRADUAL.  Ps 17:6-9 
6 I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me: / incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.
7 Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee, / from such as resist thy right hand.
8 Keep me as the apple of an eye; / hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
Alleluia, All.   From the ungodly that trouble me, /even mine enemies that compass me round about to take away my soul.   All.

Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotion