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
All Souls Requiem
Readings from the Burial of the Dead
Isaiah 38:10-20 - the prophet contemplates his own mortality
Psalm 143 - "Quicken me, O Lord, for thy Name's sake"
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - do not grieve as those without hope
John 6:37-40 - Jesus will lose none of his own, and will raise them up on the last day
Cover art: “The Day of the Dead" by William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1859, oil on canvas, Musee de Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, France
All Saints' Day (transferred from November 1)
Readings (focus text in bold):
Isaiah 49:5-7 - "I will also make you a light to the Gentiles"
Psalm 87 - they are all born in Zion
Revelation 7:2-4 - a vision of the saints triumphant before the throne
Matthew 5:1-12 - the Beatitudes
Cover art: a traditional Eastern Orthodox icon of the Holy Church, depicting the church as an ark in which are the saints, with Christ at the helm
Trinity 21 readings (focus text in bold):
Genesis 32:24-30 - Jacob wrestles with God
Psalm 90:1-12 - the Song of Moses, the man of God
Ephesians 6:10-20 - the armor of God
John 4:46b-54 - Jesus heals a nobleman's son from a distance
Cover art: “Jacob Wrestling the Angel" by Gustav Dore, engraving 1897
Trinity 20 readings (focus texts in bold):
Proverbs 9:1-6 - Lady Wisdom invites all to a feast
Psalm 145:15-21 - the Lord opens his hands and fills all living things with plenty
Ephesians 5:15-21 - walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise
Matthew 22:1b-14 - parable of the wedding banquet (and a warning!)
Cover art: “Parable of the Great Supper” (detail) by Eugene Burnand, 1900, Winterhur Meseum of Art, Winterthur, Switzerland.
Trinity 19 readings (focus texts in bold):
Genesis 18:23-32 - Abraham intercedes for Sodom
Psalm 141 - Lord, I call upon thee; haste thee to help me
Ephesians 4:17-32 - walk not as Gentiles walk, but put off the old man
Matthew 9:1-8 - the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins
Cover art: "Abraham and the Three Angels," from an illuminated manuscript by the Master of James IV of Scotland, depicting in the bottom panel Abraham interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah; c. 1510-1520, tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment, Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Trinity 18 readings (focus texts in bold):
2 Samuel 7:1-17 - God's covenant with King David
Psalm 110 - The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at my right hand...'
1 Corinthians 1:4-8 - in everything, you are enriched by Jesus Christ
Matthew 22:34-46 - Jesus challenged, and then he offers a challenge of his own
Cover art: "King David in Prayer" by Pieter De Grebber, c. 1635-1640, oil on canvas, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Trinity 16 Readings (focus texts in bold):
1 Kings 17:17-24 - Elijah raises the widow of Zerapheth's son
Psalm 102:11-21 - Zion's servants think upon her stones
Ephesians 3:13-21 - to know the love of Christ, and be filled with God's fullness
Luke 7:11-17 - Jesus raises the widow of Nain's son
Cover art: "The Resurrection of the Widow of Nain's Son" by James Tissot, opaque watercolor over graphite on grave wove paper, 1886-1894, Brooklyn Museum, New York
Trinity 10 Readings (focus text in bold):
Jeremiah 7:9-15 - Jeremiah's "temple sermon"
Psalm 17:1-8 - I have called upon you, O God, for you will hear me
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 - many gifts, one Spirit
Luke 19:41-47a - Jesus laments over Jerusalem, then cleanses the Temple
Cover art: “Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem” by Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1630, oil on oak panel, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Trinity 3 Readings (focus texts in bold):
2 Chronicles 33:9-13 - the story of Manasseh's repentance
Psalm 55:17-23 - As for me, I will call upon God (an individual lament)
1 Peter 5:5b-11 - God resists the proud and exalts the humble
Luke 15:1-10 - the parables of the lost sheep and lost coin, to the Pharisees
Also referenced: "The Prayer of Manasseh" included in the 1611 King James Bible
Cover art: "The repentance of Manasseh" by Sig Lambrento, 2015, digital illustration, private collection. (Source.)