Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger The epistle today comes from the book of Esther (Esther 13.8-17), the prayer of Mordecai, and the Gospel (Matthew 20.17-28) relates the encounter of Christ with the mother of the sons of Zebedee (James and John). Sermons Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivalsContinue reading “Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent”

Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

While today’s Gospel reading is a scene of teaching that does not lend itself to any sort of particularization in its visual representation and would only be identifiable by proximity to the text, today’s epistle introduces Elijah/Elias to the widow at Sarepta/Zarephata, whose son he will subsequently revive, but here Elijah first provides for themContinue reading “Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent”

Monday in the Second Week of Lent

In today’s Gospel reading, Christ is teaching Jews in the Temple, in the Treasury. This moment rarely finds representation. James Tissot included it in his watercolor series, La Vie de Notre-Seigneur Jésus-Christ. John VIII.21-29 The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger Sermons Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout theContinue reading “Monday in the Second Week of Lent”

Second Sunday of Lent

The same Gospel reading as yesterday, Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration. Both these mosaics date to the 6th century, the first in Ravenna, the second on the Sinai Peninsula, and represent the Transfiguration, one symbolically, the other literally. Matthew 17.1-9 The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger Sermons Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic ChurchContinue reading “Second Sunday of Lent”

First Saturday in Lent / Ember Saturday

Today’s Gospel reading is of the Transfiguration of Christ, here as preserved at the Monastery of Saint John in Müstair (CH). Although so minimally preserved, the multiplication of clouds, conventional signifiers of glory, and of the rays in Christ’s nimbus represent this display of Christ’s divinity. Peter’s right eye remains from his witness, to theContinue reading “First Saturday in Lent / Ember Saturday”

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Gospel Reading about Christ and the Canaanite Woman has been rarely depicted, and although the inclusion of a dog or dogs typically helps in identification. This, the earliest, from an Ottonian manuscript, relies on an inscription to identify the woman. Matthew 15.21-28 The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger Sermons Explanation of the Epistles andContinue reading “Thursday of the First Week of Lent”

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent / Ember Wednesday

The First Reading is Exodus 24.12-18, in which Moses goes up on Mount Sinai. The Second Reading is 3 Kings/1 Kings 19.3-8, when Ezekiel is fed by an angel. In the Gospel Reading, Matthew 12.38-50, Jesus responds to the request of the scribes and Pharisees for a sign by referring to the story of theContinue reading “Wednesday in the First Week of Lent / Ember Wednesday”