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Second Sunday after Trinity
excerpt from
Volume 4: Trinity Sunday to the Twelfth Sunday After Trinity 
Daily Reading on the Lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer 
by W. J. Hankey, D. P. Curry, J.A. Matheson, B.L. Craig, R. U. Smith, and G. W. Thorne
Revised by D. P. Curry, P. W. Harris, and B. M. Large 
St. Peter Publications Inc. Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, 1999.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher.
O Lord, who never failest to help and govern them whom thou dost bring up in thy steadfast fear and love: Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
The two great themes of this season of the church which are both stated and tied together by our readings are (1) the vision of God and (2) the fruit of good works.  The Holy Spirit comes so as to raise us to the right hand of the Father where our Lord Jesus now lives and reigns (“to exalt us whither our Saviour Christ is gone before” so to “continually dwell” with him).  The Spirit opens for us a door in heaven so that we may see the one who sits on the throne (Lesson for Trinity Sunday); this is why everyone must be born again by water and the Spirit (Gospel for Trinity Sunday).  This theme is the sole concern of the Book of Job, which we have been reading since Trinity Sunday.  Its conclusion is “I have heard of thee (God) by the hearing of the ear: But now mine eye seeth thee” (Job 42. 5).

The second theme is the fruit of good works, which is symbolized in the colour of the season, green.  The Epistle of James was occupied especially with the unity of faith and works: “faith without works is dead.”  And the stress on sanctification (holiness of life) through the thankful exercise of God’s grace, is a strong characteristic of the Book of Common Prayer and our Anglican tradition.

The unity of knowledge (or sight) of God and of holiness of life shown in the love of the brethren is the message of the Second Epistle of Peter as well as of the First Epistle of John which we read this week.  This is why I John is so strongly represented in the readings set for the Eucharist at the beginning of this season.  This epistle has been read in this season for at least sixteen hundred years.  The opening line of the Epistle for the First Sunday After Trinity sums up the whole message and aim of the Spirit in his Church for us in this season: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God” (I John 4. 7).