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The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity







See also TRINITY 8 for sermons and writings on covetousness


Patristic / Medieval 
Augustine (Gospel)
Basil (Christian Labour)

Chrysostom (Gospel)
Chrysostom (Epistle)
Boethius (Gospel) (Consolation of Philosophy Bk II Prose V and the wider context of Bk II on Fortuna)

Gleanings of Orthodox Fathers

Catena Aurea (Gospel)

St Francis of Assisi (Gospel)(Biography - Marriage to Lady Poverty)



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

Caroline Divines 


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

Oxford Movement 
Williams (Epistle)
Williams (Gospel)
Blunt's Commentary
Scott's Commentary


Farrer (Paragraph on the Holy Sacrament)
Common Prayer Commentary



Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)

Tillich - The New Being
Cusick - Meeting Christ in the Liturgy

Clendenin (The Monastics on Money)

Brunner (Gospel)


Additional Materials   

Keble poem - Trinity XV from The Christian Year


Links to Images of the Gospel

  - Biblical Art on the WWW


KEEP, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable for our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


THE EPISTLE.  Gal. 6. 11
YE see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.  As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the Law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.  From henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.  Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.  Amen.


Note: the above Epistle is a change by the Anglican Reformers from the medieval Lectionary.  In the Sarum Missal the Epistle appointed for this Sunday was Galatians 5:25 - 6:10 :

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  Bear ye one anotherís burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  For every man shall bear his own burden.  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.


THE GOSPEL.  S. Matth. 6. 24
NO man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.  Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them.  Are not ye of much more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life?  And why are ye anxious for raiment?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Be ye not therefore anxious about the morrow; for the morrow shall take care for itself: sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.





INTROIT.  Ps 86:1-7 
Ant.  BOW down thine ear, O Lord, and hear me; / for I am poor, and in misery.
2 Preserve thou my soul, for I am godly: /  save thy servant that putteth his trust in thee.
3 Thou art my God; be merciful unto me, O Lord; / for the day long do I call upon thee.
4 Comfort the soul of thy servant; / for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For thou, Lord, art good and gracious, / and of great mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
6 Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer, / and ponder the voice of my humble desires.
7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee; / for thou hearest me.
Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.


GRADUAL.  Ps 92:1-4    
IT is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, / and to sing praises unto thy Name, O thou Most High;
2 To tell of thy loving-kindness in the morning, / and of thy faithfulness in the night-season;
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute, / with a melody upon the harp.
Alleluia, All. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy works; / and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands.  All.



Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions