Lent 2 (focus texts in bold):
Jeremiah 17:5-10 - The heart is decietful above all things... who can know it?
Psalm 25:13-21 - The secret of the Lord is among them that fear him.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 - you should know how to possess your vessel in honour
Matthew 15:21-28 - Jesus heals the Canaanite woman's daughter
Cover art: “Christ and the Canaanite” by Adolf Holzel, before 1926, oil on canvas, private collection
Lent 1 (focus texts in bold):
Genesis 3:1-7 - the temptation of our first parents in the Garden
Psalm 91:1-13 - the Lord will give his angels charge over the Messiah
2 Corinthians 6:1-10 - "Behold, now is the acceptable time."
Matthew 4:1-11 - Jesus tempted by the devil in the wilderness
Cover art: “Jesus tempted in the wilderness” by James Tissot, c. 1886-1894; watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper; Brooklyn Museum, New York
First Day of Lent,
commonly called Ash Wednesday (focus text in bold):
Penitential Office: Psalm 51 - "Have mercy on me, O God"
Joel 2:12-17 - "Rend your hearts and not your garments"
Psalm 31 - "Blessed is he whose unrighteousness is forgiven"
James 4:1-10 - the most intense call to repentance in the entire New Testament
Matthew 6:16-21 - doing devotion in secret, from the Sermon on the Mount
Cover art: an ashen cross
The Sunday called Quinquagesima
or, the Sunday next before Lent (focus text in bold):
Deuteronomy 6:4-14 - "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one."
Psalm 106:1-10 - "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious; his love endures"
1 Corinthians 13 - Paul's rhapsodic exploration of love
Luke 18:31-43 - Jesus heals a blind man in Jericho
Cover art: “Saint Paul” by Bartolomeo Montagna, 1482, oil on panel, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Mila
The Sunday called Sexagesima
or, the Second Sunday before Lent (focus text in bold):
Genesis 3:9-19 - "he shall bruise his head, and he shall bruise his heel"
Psalm 130 - If thou, Lord, wilt mark what is done amiss, who may abide it?
2 Corinthians 11:19-21 - Paul boasts in his infirmities like a "fool"
Luke 8:4-15 - the parable of the sower
Cover art: “The Parable of the Sower” by Gerald Steinmeyer, 2004, fresco, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina
The Sunday called Septuagesima
or, the Third Sunday before Lent (focus text in bold):
Genesis 1:1-5 - the creation of light
Psalm 29 - the Lord sits above the water-flood
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 - all the runners in a race run, but only one receives the prize
Matthew 20:1-16 - the parable of the workers in the vineyard
Cover art: “The Creation of Light” by Gustav Dore, engraving, 1897
Epiphany 5 (focus text in bold):
Hosea 6:1-6 - For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice
Psalm 50:7-15 - Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High
Colossians 3:12-17 - Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, patience
Matthew 13:24-30 - the parable of the wheat and the tares
Cover art: “The Enemy Sowing Tares” by Elihu Veder, c. 1892, oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum, New York
Epiphany 4 (focu texts in bold):
2 Kings 6:14-23 - Elisha hoodwinks a band of Syrian raiders out to kidnap him
Psalm 102:15-22 - the nations shall fear thy Name, O Lord
Romans 13:1-7 - let every soul be subject to the governing authorities
Matthew 8:1-13 - Jesus heals a Jewish leper and a Gentile centurion's servant
Cover art: “Jesus and the Centurion” by Paolo Veronese, c. 1571, oil on canvas, Meseu del Prado, Madrid, Spain
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called the Purification of St. Mary the Virgin, or Candlemas (focus texts in bold):
Malachi 3:1-5 - The Lord will come into his Temple
Psalm 24 - who is holy enough to enter God's Temple?
Galatians 4:1-17 - born under a woman, born under the law
Luke 2:22-40 - the baby Jesus presented in the Temple
Cover art: “Simeon’s Moment” by Ron DiCianni, 2000, oil on canvas, private collection
Epiphany 3 (focus texts in bold):
Isaiah 25:6-9 - God will prepare a feast for the nations on Mt. Zion
Psalm 114 - Why did you flee, O see? Why did you skip like rams, O mountains?
Romans 12:16b-21 - Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.
John 2:1-11 - turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee
Cover art: “Wedding at Cana” by Jan van Helmont, 1665-1714, pen on paper, Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium