Ash Wednesday

In today’s Gospel, Jesus instructs us not to make a show of our fasting and to lay up our treasures in heaven, not on earth. These words form part of the Sermon on the Mount. Christ teaching is among one of the earliest motifs of Christian art, but mostly without a specific narrative context, and of course, from the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes figure most prominently. Here the Sermon on the Mount painted by French Catholic painter, James Tissot (1836-1902).

Matthew 6.16-21

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).

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).

Sermon by Aelfric

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


1481 Fresco of the Sermon on the Mount by Cosimo Rosselli in the Sistine Chapel

1598 Sermon on the Mount by Jan Brueghel the Elder

ca. 1656 Sermon on the Mount by Claude Lorraine

1725 Painting of the Sermon on the Mount

1866 Bible illustration by Gustave Doré

1886-1896 Painting of the Sermon on the Mount by James Tissot (see also)

Visual Commentary on Scripture Online Exhibition on the Sermon on the Mount

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database – Sermon on the Mount

Iconography of Christian Art

Customs & Devotions

Feast Day Cookbook

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