Septuagesima Sunday

Matthew 20.1-16 This Sunday’s Gospel reading is the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard. Parables are rarely represented in medieval art. This manuscript illumination comes from the Codex aureus Epternacensis (ca. 1030-1045, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, digital facsimile not currently functional). The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger Sermons Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By CatholicContinue reading “Septuagesima Sunday”

Third Sunday after Epiphany

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 relativelyContinue reading “Third Sunday after Epiphany”

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 whichContinue reading “Second Sunday after Epiphany”

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.Continue reading “Sunday within the Octave of Epiphany”

Sunday within the Octave of Christmas

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 GospelContinue reading “Sunday within the Octave of Christmas”