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The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity







See also TRINITY 5 for sermons and writings on dejection


Patristic / Medieval 
Anthony Abbot (Watchfulness of the Tongue)
Ambrose (On Baptism; A Catechetical Instruction)

Chrysostom (Epistle)
Ephraim (On the Evil of the Tongue and Similar Vices)
Gregory the Great (Hearing the Word of God)
Maximos the Confessor (Epistle and Gospel)
Bede (Homily II.6 on the Gospels)
Catena Aurea (Gospel)
Thomas Aquinas (Epistle)


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

Caroline Divines


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


Oxford Movement
Blunt's Commentary
Williams (Epistle)
Williams (Gospel)
Trench - On the Miracles
Scott's Commentary


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

Curry 1

Curry 2


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


Additional Materials 

Keble poem - Trinity XII from 

The Christian Year


Link to Images of the Gospel:
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Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and art wont to give more than we desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord.  Amen.


THE EPISTLE.  2 Cor. 3. 4 
SUCH trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance, which glory was to be done away; how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.


THE GOSPEL.  S. Mark 7. 31 
JESUS, departing from the region of Tyre, came through Sidon unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the region of Decapolis.  And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech: and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.  And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.  And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.  And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; and were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well; he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.


INTROIT.  Ps 70 
Ant.  O GOD, make haste to save me; / O Lord, make hast to help me.
2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul; / let them be turned backward and put to confusion that wish me evil.
3 Let them for their reward be soon brought to shame / that cry over me, 'There, there.'
4 But let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee; / and let all such as delight in thy  salvation say alway, 'The Lord be praised.'
5 As for me, I am poor and in misery; / haste thee unto me, O God.
6 Thou art my helper, and my redeemer; / O Lord, make no long tarrying.
Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.


GRADUAL.  Ps 34:1-5
I WILL alway give thanks unto the Lord; / his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord; / the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O praise the Lord with me, / and let us magnify his Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me; / yea, he delivered me out of all my fears.
Alleluia, All.  O look unto him and be lightened; / and your faces shall not be ashamed.  All.


Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions