Readings for Pentecost Sunday (focus text in bold):
Numbers 11:24-30 - The Spirit of the Lord descends upon the chosen elders of Israel.
Psalm 104:24-34 - "O Lord, how manifold are thy works!"
Acts 2:1-11 - "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost"
John 14:15-31a - "Jesus said unto his disciples, 'If ye love me, keep my commandments, and I shall pray my Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.'"
Sermon by the Rev. Adam Rick
Cover art: "Pentecost Sun," Pentecost Mosaic, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Exodus 24:12-18 - Moses goes up Mount Sinai into the cloud
Psalm 84 - one day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere
2 Peter 1:13-18 - St. Peter reminisces about the day he say Jesus transfigured
Luke 9:28-36 - Luke's account of the transfiguration of Jesus
Sermon by Mr. David Hanley, M.Div, member of Holy Trinity
Cover art: “Transfiguration of Jesus” by Carl Bloch, 1872, oil on copper, Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark
Isaiah 6:1-8 - Isaiah's vision of the heavenly throne of God
Psalm 8 - what is man, that you are mindful of him?
Revelation 4:1-11 - St. John's vision of the heavenly throne of God
John 3:1-15 - Jesus discusses new birth with Nicodemus
Cover art: Icon of the Trinity, from Genesis 18:1-8 (“The Hospitality of Abraham”), Andrei Rublev, 1411 or 1425-27, tempera on wood; Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Whitsunday, commonly called Pentecost (focus texts in bold):
Numbers 11:24-30 - Would God that all the Lord's people were prophets
Psalm 104:24-34 - When your Spirit goes forth, they are made
Acts 2:1-11 - the Spirit falls on the disciples at Pentecost
John 14:15-31a - Jesus promises to make his abode within the disciples
Cover art: Coptic icon of Pentecost, Sts. Peter and Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, Bixby, Oklahoma
Easter Day (focus texts in bold):
Exodus 12:21-28 - Israel commanded to keep the Passover forever
Psalm 111 - I will give thanks unto the Lord with my whole heart
Colossians 3:1-4 - your life is hid with Christ in God
John 20:1-10 - Peter and John come to the empty tomb
Cover art: Coptic icon of the Resurrection, Sts. Peter and Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, Bixby, Oklahoma
The Great Vigil of Easter:
Guest preacher: Dr. Blake McAllister, Junior Warden of Holy Trinity Parish, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hillsdale College
Cover art: “The Holy Women at the Tomb” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1890, oil on canvas, private collection
Thursday before Easter, commonly called Maundy Thursday:
Exodus 12:1-11 - the institution of the Passover Seder
Psalm 43 - defend my cause against the ungodly people
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - Paul's summary of the institution of the Lord's Supper
John 13:1-17 - the Maundy, Jesus washes his disciples' feet
Guest Preacher: Mr. Clifford Humphrey, Holy Trinity Parish Vestryman, Ph.D. candidate at Hillsdale College
Cover art: “The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane” by Francesco Trevisani, 1740, oil on copper, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Sunday Next before Easter, commonly called Palm Sunday:
Liturgy of the Palms
Cover art: “Entry of Christ into Jerusalem" by Pietro Lorenzetti, c. 1320, fresco, Lower Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi, Italy
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (focus texts in bold):
Isaiah 7:10-15 - Behold, a virgin will give birth
Psalm 113 - the Lord lifts up the simple out of the dust
Romans 5:12-19 - one man brought condemnation, the new man brings life
Luke 1:26-38 - the annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Cover art: “The Annunciation" by El Greco, c. 1590-1603, oil on canvas, Ohara Museum, Kurashiki, Japan
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