Third Sunday after Epiphany

The Centurion Beseeching Christ on Behalf of his Servant at the Monastery of Saint John in Müstair (CH) (ca. 800)

This Sunday’s Gospel tells the story of two healings, that of the leper and that of the Centurion’s servant. Stories of Christ healing figure prominently in early Christian and early Medieval art and less prominently into the early modern era; nevertheless, the Healing of the Leper and The Healing of the Centurion’s Servant are relatively rare. Here is a Carolingian-era fresco in which Christ accompanied by three apostles stands framed within an arch and blesses/speaks to the Centurion who kneels before him. The paralyzed servant sits above to the right on a tilted mandorla.

Matthew 8.1-13 – Healing of the Leper & Healing of Centurion’s Servant

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger

Sermons

Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901).

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

Abridged Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).

Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Ecclesiastical Year : Three Sermons for Every Feast by Francis Weninger (Lowen, 1882).

Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).

Sermons for Children’s Masses, Accorading to the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Year by Raphael Frassinetti (Benziger, 1900).

Sermons from the Latins by James J. Baxter (Benziger, 1902).

Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).

Meditations

Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).

Music

Medieval Music Database

Art & Architecture

Healing of the Leper – ca. 870 Carolingian ivory in Berlin – whole & detail

Healing of the Leper10C Codex Egberti, folio 21v

Healing of the Leper11C Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale Albert MS 9428

Healing of the Leper12-13C Mosaic in Monreale Cathedral

Healing of the Leper14C Mosaic at Chora Monastery in Istanbul

Healing of the Centurion’s Servant 16C Painting by Paolo Veronese and another

“Illustrating Miracles: The Leper and the Chapel”

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database – Christ Healing a Leper, Christ Healing the Servant of the Centurion

1576-1580 Engraving of Christ and the Centurion by Léonard Gaultier

History of Our Lord as Exemplified in Works of Art

Iconography of Christian Art Christ Healing a Leper (figure 426, figures 530-534) & Christ Healing the Servant of the Centurion (figure 465, figure 540, figures 541-542)

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Luke 2.21 (the same reading as for 1 January – The Feast of the Circumcision)

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger

Sermons

Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901).

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

Abridged Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).

Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Ecclesiastical Year : Three Sermons for Every Feast by Francis Weninger (Lowen, 1882).

Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).

Sermons for Children’s Masses, Accorading to the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Year by Raphael Frassinetti (Benziger, 1900).

Sermons from the Latins by James J. Baxter (Benziger, 1902).

Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).

Meditations

The Way of Salvation: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).

Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon (Benziger, 1907).

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.

Music

Medieval Music Database

Sunday within the Octave of Epiphany

Today’s Gospel is about Christ teaching in the Temple, traditionally called Christ among the Doctors by art historians. One of several scenes on a fifth-century ivory diptych in Milan Cathedral and in a manuscript sent from Rome to England in the 7th century (see also), itself clearly modeled on a model like the Milan ivory.

Luke 2.42-52

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger

Sermons

Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901).

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

Abridged Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).

Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Ecclesiastical Year : Three Sermons for Every Feast by Francis Weninger (Lowen, 1882).

Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).

Sermons for Children’s Masses, Accorading to the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Year by Raphael Frassinetti (Benziger, 1900).

Sermons from the Latins by James J. Baxter (Benziger, 1902).

Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).

Meditations

Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).

Music

Medieval Music Database

Art

ca. 1304 Fresco in the Scrovegni Chapel by Giotto, and another fresco in Assisi

ca. 1310 Painting by Duccio

1501 Fresco by Pinturicchio

1506 Painting by Dürer

Jesus Disputing with the Doctors in the Temple (Google Arts & Culture Online Exhibition on Painting by Tintoretto)

ca. 1580 Engraving by Léonard Gaultier

1843 Illustration for La Grande Bible de Tours by Gustave Doré

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Guide to Christian Iconography

Google Arts & Culture

Great Painters and their Famous Bible Pictures

The History of Our Lord as Exemplified in Works of Art

The Gospel in Art

Iconography of Christian Art

1 January – The Circumcision

Nostra tulit Christi caro vulnera vulnere tristi
The Verdun Altar

On the late 12C Verdun Altar (see also) in the Abbey of Klosterneuburg, Christ’s circumcision is presented between that of Isaac and that of Samson.

Luke 2.21

Acta Sanctorum

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger

Heortology: A History Of The Christian Festivals From Their Origin To The Present Day by Heinrich Kellner (Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1908).

Sermons

Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901).

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).

Readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Church’s Year (Bosworth, 1881).

Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).

Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).

Meditations

The Way of Salvation: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).

Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon (Benziger, 1907).

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.

Music

Medieval Music Database

Art

ca. 1305 Fresco by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel

ca. 1463 Painting by Andrea Mantegna

ca. 1500 Painting by the workshop of Giovanni Bellini

ca. 1500 Seven Sorrows Polyptych by Albrecht Dürer 

1587 Painting by Tintoretto

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Guide to Christian Iconography

Iconography of Christian Art

Customs & Devotions

Feastday Cookbook

Sunday within the Octave of Christmas

Monastery of Sankt Johann in Müstair (CH)

This year, Christmas falls on a Sunday, and the Feast of the Circumcision completes the Octave on the following Sunday, superseding the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas. The Circumcision comes in verse 21 of the second chapter of Luke, and in verse 22 begins the story of Jesus’s Presentation in the Temple. Today’s Gospel reading – Luke 2.33-40 – picks up after Simeon’s first words (Nunc dimittis – the Gospel Reading on the second of February, for the Feast of the Purification) with Simeon’s prophecy of the sword that will pierce Mary’s heart. We also today read about Anna the prophetess. Above is the lower half of a fresco of the scene from around the year 800. Its inscription reads SUSCEPTUS. The cloth over Simeon’s hands bears the initials C and M. Above and between those letters are the feet of the Christ Child.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger

Heortology: A History Of The Christian Festivals From Their Origin To The Present Day by Heinrich Kellner (Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1908).

Sermons

Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901).

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

Abridged Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).

Readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Church’s Year (Bosworth, 1881).

Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Ecclesiastical Year : Three Sermons for Every Feast by Francis Weninger (Lowen, 1882).

Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).

Sermons for Children’s Masses, Accorading to the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Year by Raphael Frassinetti (Benziger, 1900).

Sermons from the Latins by James J. Baxter (Benziger, 1902).

Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).

Meditations

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).

Art

“The Iconographic Development of the Presentation in the Temple”

5th Century Mosaic at Santa Maria Maggiore (there is an alternate, though improbable, identification of these scene)

ca. 817-824 Enamel Cross Reliquary of Pope Paschal I

Folio 38 in the Drogo Sacramentary, ca. 850

Panel on the Golden Altar of Sant’Ambrogio, ca. 850

ca. 1305 Fresco by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel

1342 Painting by Ambrogio Lorenzetti (see also)

1450-1452 Painting by Fra Angelico

ca. 1455 Saint Columba Altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden (see also)

ca. 1454 Painting by Andrea Mantegna (see also)

1450-1475 Painting by Giovavnni Bellini (see also)

Compare the painting technique of these two paintings here.

1404-1405 Predella of the Oddi Altarpiece by Raphael (see also)

1516 Painting by Fra Bartolommeo (see also)

1552-1556 Painting by Lorenzo Lotto

1554-1556 Painting by Tintoretto

1641 Painting by Simon Vouet (see also)

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Guide to Christian Iconography

Kornbluth Photography

Google Art Project

Iconography of Christian Art

25 December – Christmas Day

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger

Heortology: A History Of The Christian Festivals From Their Origin To The Present Day by Heinrich Kellner (Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1908).

Sermons

Homily by Aelfric

Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901).

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).

Readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Church’s Year (Bosworth, 1881).

Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).

Sermons from the Latins by James J. Baxter (Benziger, 1902).

Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.

Meditations for Every Day

The Way of Salvation: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).

Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon (Benziger, 1907).

Music

Medieval Music Database

Customs

Feast Day Cookbook

24 December – Christmas Eve

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger, also

Sermons

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880).

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

Meditations

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).

Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon (Benziger, 1907).

Music

Medieval Music Database

Customs

Feast Day Cookbook