Quinquagesima Sunday

Codex Egbert, Folio 31r

This week the Gospel begins with Jesus prophesying his Passion, but continues with the healing of the blind man as Jesus comes to Jericho. The Gospels recount several healings from blindness – the man born blind in John 9, whom Jesus heals with clay and instructs to wash in the pool at Siloe; two blind men in Galilee in Matthew 9; the healing of the blind man in Bethsaida in Mark 8; and the healing of the blind man as Jesus leaves Jericho in Mark 10, who is named Bartimeus. Understandably, distinguishing representations of the various Gospel healings from another can be tricky and may depend not on visual clues, such as a the water for the man born blind or the pair of blind men in Matthew. In the image above, from the Ottonian manuscript, the Codex Egberti, you can read the text that precedes the story in the Gospel of Luke.

Luke 18.31-43

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).


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 for Every Day

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).


Medieval Music Database


Scene on a 4th Century Sarcophagus

Scene on a 4th Century Sarcophagus

Scene on a 6th Century Pyxisdetail

11C Bronze Column of Bishop Bernward of Hildesheimdetail

12C Fresco from a Spanish Church

17C Painting by Joos de Momper

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Iconography of Christian Art

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