FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
Semi-Double Feast Green Vestments
Editor's Note: All Scriptural Readings are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Latin Vulgate Bible. The preface commentaries are a combination of thoughts from various sources. Red type indicates Our Lord's direct words in Holy Scripture. Italicized Maroon type indicates Latin with priests' refrain and server's response in bold..
he Divinity of Jesus is established by His doctrine. The Church of Christ is the opposite of the devil and his works. The doctrine of Christ dwells abundantly in the Church which teaches and admonishes the faithful.
In the narratives of the Evangelists on the preceding Sundays, the divinity of Jesus was manifested in His miracles: to-day it is established by His doctrine, at which the Jews of Nazareth "wondered" (Communion).
The Holy Ghost said: "Consider all the works of the Most High, they are found in couples, one opposite of the other." So the Gospel shows us Christ, with the devil as His opposite; the righteous, with the sinner; hevaen, with hell as its opposite; reward, with punishment.
The devil, the bad sower, sows in the dark cockle, which is a violent poison.
The servants of the father of the household, who represent the angels, wished to separate the good from the bad; but as the roots of the wheat and the cockle had become entangled and impossible to separte until the time of harvest, so it is only at the last judgement will divine justice make the necessary separation.
This parable shows that hell and its agents, intent on evil doing, try the righteous, whose merits increase in proportion to the persecutions they undergo.
READINGS FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
Adore God, all ye His Angels: Sion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Juda rejoiced. The Lord hath reigned; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of the islands be glad. Glory be to the Father.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Keep, 0 Lord, we beseech Thee, Thy family by Thy continual mercy; that they who lean only upon the hope of Thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by Thy protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.
Col. iii. 12-17 Brethren: Put ye on, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another if any have a complaint against another; even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. But above all these things, have charity, which is the bond of perfection; and let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body; and be ye thankful Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another, in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles singing in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, all things do ye in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Gentiles shall fear Thy Name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth, Thy glory. For the Lord hath built up Sion, and He shall be seen in His majesty. Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord hath reigned, let the earth rejoice: let many islands be glad. Alleluia.
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Gloria tibi, Domine.
Matt. xiii. 24-30. At that time: Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes:"The kingdom of Heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came, and oversowed cockle among the wheat, and went his way. And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle. And the servants of the good man of the house coming, said to him: 'Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? Whence, then, hath it cockle?' And he said to them:
'An enemy hath done this.' And the servants said to him: 'Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?' And he said: 'No; lest perhaps, gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it. Suffer both to grow until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn'."
Laus tibi, Christe.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me: I shall not die, but live, and shall declare the works of the Lord.
We offer to Thee, 0 Lord, the sacrifice of propitiation: that Thou mayest mercifully absolve us from our sins, and mayest deign Thyself direct our inconstant hearts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.
They all wondered at these things, which proceeded from the mouth of God.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
We beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we may receive the effect of that Salvation, of which in these Mysteries we have received a pledge. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in unity with the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
For the Prayers at the End of the Low Mass, see Leonine Prayers