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


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 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).


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)

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