The Sunday called Sexagesima

or the Second Sunday before Lent
The Sower (Sower at Sunset)
Vincent van Gogh
1888
Kröller-Müller Museum, Hoge Veluwe National Park, Otterlo, the Netherlands
Public Domain

The collect

O Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do: Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

2 Corinthians 11:19-31Luke 8:4-15

Commentary

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

commonly called the Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin
The presentation of Christ in the Temple
Hans Holbein the Elder
1500-1501
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Public Domain

The collect

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in the substance of our flesh, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

For The Epistle and Gospel

Malachi 3:1-5Luke 2:22-40

The Sunday called Septuagesima

or the Third Sunday before Lent
Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard
Rembrandt
1637
The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Public Domain

The collect

O Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

1 Corinthians 9:24-27Matthew 20:1-16

Commentary

The Conversion of Saint Paul

The Conversion of St. Paul
Caravaggio
1600
Odescalchi Balbi Collection, Rome, Italy
Public Domain

The collect

O God, who, through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Saint Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by following the holy doctrine which he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For The Epistle and Gospel

Acts 9:1-22Matthew 19:27-30

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Jesus healing the servant of a Centurion
Paolo Veronese
16th century
Unidentified location
Public Domain

The collect

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Romans 12:16-21Matthew 8:1-13

Commentary

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

The Marriage at Cana
Maerten de Vos
between 1596 and 1597
Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium
Public Domain

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Romans 12:6-16John 2:1-11

Commentary

The First Sunday after the Epiphany

Disputation with the Doctors
Duccio di Buoninsegna
between 1308 and 1311
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Public Domain

The Collect

O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Romans 12:1-5Luke 2:41-52

Commentary

The Epiphany

or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles
Adoration of the Magi
El Greco
between 1568 and 1569
Museo Soumaya at Plaza Carso, Mexico City, Mexico
Public Domain

The collect

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles: Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Ephesians 3:1-12Matthew 2:1-12

Commentary

The Circumcision of Christ

The Seven Sorrows of Mary, middle panel, Scene: Circumcision
Albrecht Dürer
circa 1494-1497
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany
Public Domain
Used for the Second Sunday in Christmas, if there is one

The Collect

Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man; Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit; that, our hearts, and all our members, being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Romans 4:8-14Luke 2:15-21

Commentary

The Innocents’ Day

The Massacre of the Innocents
Peter Paul Rubens
between 1611 and 1612
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Public Domain

The collect

O Almighty God, who out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast ordained strength, and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths: Mortify and kill all vices in us, and so strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innocency of our lives, and constancy of our faith, even unto death, we may glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity.

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For The Epistle and Gospel

Revelation 14:1-5Matthew 2:13-18

The Sunday after Christmas Day

Joseph’s dream
Rembrandt
1645
Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany
Public Domain

The Collect

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity, if before the Circumcision of Christ.

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Galatians 4:1-7Matthew 1:18-21

Commentary

Saint John the Evangelist’s Day

Saint John the Evangelist
Peter Paul Rubens
circa 1611
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Public Domain

The collect

Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity.

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

1 John 1John 21:19-25

Saint Stephen’s Day

Saint Stephen
Workship of Luis de Morales
circa 1575
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Public Domain

The collect

Grant, O Lord, that in all our sufferings here upon earth, for the testimony of thy truth, we may stedfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and, being filled with the Holy Ghost, may learn to love and bless our persecutors by the example of thy first Martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed for his murderers to thee, O blessed Jesus, who standest at the right hand of God to succour all those that suffer for thee, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity.

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For The Epistle and Gospel

Acts 7:55-60Matthew 23:34-39

The Nativity of Our Lord

or the Birth-Day of Christ, commonly called Christmas Day
Nativity
Sandro Botticelli
between circa 1473 and circa 1475
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Public Domain

The collect

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Hebrews 1:1-12John 1:1-14

Commentary

Saint Thomas the Apostle

Saint Thomas
Diego Velázquez
between 1619 and 1620
Museo de Bellas Artes de Orleans, Orleans, France
Public Domain

The collect

Almighty and everliving God, who for the more confirmation of the faith didst suffer thy holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in thy sight may never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the same Jesus Christ, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect for the First Sunday in Advent.

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Ephesians 2:19-22John 20:24-31

The Fourth Sunday in Advent

St. John the Baptist Preaching
Mattia Preti
circa 1665
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
Public Domain

The collect

O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect for the First Sunday in Advent.

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Philippians 4:4-7John 1:19-28

Commentary

The Third Sunday in Advent

St John the Baptist
Leonardo da Vinci
between 1513 and 1516
Louvre, Paris, France
Public Domain

The collect

O Lord Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee: Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect for the First Sunday in Advent.

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

1 Corinthians 4:1-5Matthew 11:2-10

Commentary

The Second Sunday in Advent

The Last Judgment
Stefan Lochner
circa 1435
Wallraf–Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany
Public Domain

The collect

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect for the First Sunday in Advent.

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Romans 15:4-13Luke 21:25-33

Commentary

Saint Andrew’s Day

The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew
Caravaggio
1603 / 1606
Buckingham Palace, City of Westminster, London, England, UK
Public Domain

The collect

Almighty God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay: Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil thy holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect for the First Sunday in Advent, if Saint Andrew’s Day occurs on or after the First Sunday in Advent, otherwise omitted.

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel

Romans 1:9-21Matthew 4:18-22

The First Sunday in Advent

Entry into Jerusalem
Pietro Lorenzetti
1320
Assisi, Lower Basilica, San Francesco, Italy
Public Domain

The collect

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

This Collect is to be repeated every day with the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas Eve.

The Epistle and Gospel

Romans 13:8-14Matthew 21:1-13

Commentary