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The Eighth Sunday after Trinity







Patristic / Medieval
Ephraim Syrus (Various Places of Torment and on the Judgement)
Augustine (Gospel)

Chrysostom (Gospel)
Chrysostom (Epistle)
Cassian (the Spirit of Covetousness)
John Climacus (Steps 16 (On Avarice) and 17 (On Poverty - an excerpt) in the Ladder of Divine Ascent)
Francis of Assisi (excepts from The Little Flowers)

Catena Aurea (Gospel)

Dante's Purgatory - Circle of the Covetous (Cant. XIX(70) to XXII (54))

Chaucer - on Avarice in The Canterbury Tales

John of Ruysbroeck (Adornment of Spiritual Marriage)



Calvin (Gospel)
Calvin (Epistle)
Luther (Gospel)
Luther (Epistle)
Article XXXVIII (Of the Christian men's Goods, which are not common.)

Caroline Divines 
Herbert (On Covetousness)

Traherne (Meditation on wants)


Evangelical Revival 
   - Notes on the Gospel
   - Notes on the Epistle
   - Sermon on the Gospel
   - Sermon on the Epistle (1)
   - Sermon on the Epistle (2)


Oxford Movement 
Newman (Epistle)
Williams (Epistle)
Williams (Gospel)
Blunt's Commentary
Gore (Epistle)
Scott's Commentary


Farrer (Weekly Paragraph on the Holy Sacrament)


    - Definition of Covetousness

    - On Covetousness
Common Prayer Commentary

Curry 1

Curry 2


Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)
Cusick - Meeting Christ in the Liturgy


Additional Materials

Keble poem - Trinity VIII from The Christian Year
Links to Images of the Gospel



O GOD, whose never-failing providence orders all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


THE EPISTLE.  Rom. 8. 12 
MY BRETHREN, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.


THE GOSPEL.  S. Matth. 7. 15
JESUS said unto his disciples, Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.


INTROIT.  Ps 48:1-12
GREAT is the Lord, and highly to be praised / in the city of our God.
2 His holy hill is a fair place, / and the joy of the whole earth:
3 Mount Sion of the uttermost parts of the north,  the city of the great King.
4 He hath made himself known in her citidals / as a sure refuge.
5 For lo, the kings of the earth were gathered, / and gone by together.
6 They marvelled to see such things; / they were astonished, and suddenly cast down.
7 Fear came there upon them, / and anguish, as upon a woman in her travail.
8As when with the east wind / thou breakest the ships of the sea.
9 Like as we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: /  God upholdeth the same for ever.
Ant.  We have thought on thy loving-kindness, O God, / in the midst of thy temple.
11 O God, according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the world's end; / thy right hand is full of righteousness.
12 Let the mount Sion rejoice, and the daughter of Judah be glad, / because of thy judgements.
Glory be.  Repeat Antiphon.
GRADUAL.  Ps 48:13-15
13 Walk about Sion, and go round about her; / and count the towers thereof.
14 Mark well her bulwarks, consider her citadels, / that ye may tell them that come after.
Alleluia, All.  For this God is our God for ever and ever: / he shall be our guide for evermore.  All.

Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions