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The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

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The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
Augustine on Psalm cxi

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LORD, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source Bishop Gelasians Sacrmentary [494] where appointed for the Sunday before Ember Days in the Autum. Ember days were for penitence, fasting, and the Saturday for ordinations in Rome. The 1662 added temptations of the world, the flesh One is reminded of the Lord's prayer and of 2 Perter 2:9


And no man was able to answer him a word,
neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Homily of Augustine on Psalm CXI 



Turn we to the Lord God, the Father Almighty, and with pure hearts offer to him, so far as our meanness can, great and true thanks, with all our hearts praying his exceeding kindness, that of his good pleasure he would deign to hear our prayers, that by his power he would drive out the enemy from our deeds and thoughts, that he would increase our faith, guide our understandings, give us spiritual thoughts, and lead us to his bliss, through Jesus Christ his Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with him, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

[Augustine –which he habitually used after lectures and homilies, and which I hope to append to all of his lectures and homilies on the Order's site.]



Sergios and Bacchus, Centurions - October 7th [Maximian 286-305]

Robert E. Lee, General, Educator -- October 12th [1870]





In our continuing study of the Psalms, we observe that Augustine takes an allegorical sense in his expositions from a Christian point of view. This is no less than what our Lord did regarding himself in the Psalms. An interesting chapter to read on the allegorical interpretation of the psalms comes from C.S. Lewis in his book Reflection on the Psalms entitled "Second Meanings."


In the last verse of Psalm 111 appointed for this day, and which is presented by Augustine in our homily, we read. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all they that do his commandments. This is central to the Order of Centurions, and we believe that in following this mandate to "fear God," we will   receive the good understanding that is required, and which comes from God, to enable us to follow his commands – "and do what is right(eous)."





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