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The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity







Patristic / Medieval 

Antony (on humility & deceit)
Basil (on humility & vainglory)
Chrysostom (on humility)
Chrysostom (Eph 4:1,2)
Chrysostom (Eph 4:1-3)
Chrysostom (Eph 4:4,5)
Chrysostom (Eph 4:4-7)
Augustine (humility of Christ)
Catena Aurea (Gospel)
Richard of St. Victor (on the failure of reason to lift us to contemplation)


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

Caroline Divines 


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

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


Farrer (Paragraph on the Holy Sacrament)
CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Common Prayer Commentary
Crouse 1

Crouse 2 (longer version)

Curry 1

Curry 2


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


Additional Materials

Keble poem - Trinity XVII from The Christian Year


See also sermons and commentary on pride and humility in:

  - Trinity 3

  - Trinity 10


Links to Images of the Gospel
   - Biblical Art on the WWW

LORD, we pray thee, that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


NOTE:  The Collect above was a change in the Sarum Missal from the Collect appointed in the Gregorian Sacramentary.  The following Collect (appointed in Sarum and in the Prayer Book for Trinity 24) was, according to J.H. Blunt, appointed originally:

O LORD, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences; that through thy bountiful goodness we may be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed: grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christís sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour.  Amen.


THE EPISTLE.  Ephes. 4. 1 
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.


THE GOSPEL.  S. Luke 14. 1 
IT came to pass, as Jesus went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched him.  And behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.  And Jesus answering spake unto the Lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-day?  And they held their peace.  And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; and answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath-day?  And they could not answer him again to these things.  And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief seats; saying unto them, When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest seat; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest place.  But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.  For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


INTROIT.  Ps 119 part 18 
Ant.  RIGHTEOUS art thou, O Lord, / and true is thy judgement.
138 The testimonies that thou hast commanded / are exceeding righteous and true.
139 My zeal hath even consumed me; / because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
140 Thy word is tried to the uttermost, / and thy servant loveth it.
141 I am small, and of no reputation; / yet do I not forget thy precepts.
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, / and thy law is the truth.
143 Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me; / yet is my delight in thy commandments.
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: / O grant me understanding, and I shall live.
Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.


GRADUAL.  Ps 131    
LORD, I am not high-minded: / I have no proud looks.
2 I do not exercise myself in great matters, / which are too high for me.
3 But I calm my soul and keep it quiet, like a child weaned with his mother: / yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
Alleluia, All.  O Israel, trust in the Lord, / from this time forth for evermore.  All.



Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions