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The Sunday called Sexagesima


Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

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The Sunday called Sexagesima
the Second Sunday before Lent
Augustine on Psalm XXXIII

O LORD God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do; Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Sacramentary of Bishop Gregory of Rome [600 AD]

Isaiah l. 4   Psalm 33, 93 | 139;   ii Corinthians xi. 19   &   St. Luke viii. 4

Homily of Augustine

on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience




We seek infomormation on Chaplain Dunbar who as the chaplain of Fort Monroe at the Chapel of the Centurionamd Fort Concho, Texas. Please contact us through the Order.


1903-1911 George Ward Dunbar

1903-1911 George Ward Dunbar




It is quite certain that virtue is the only and the highest good; [as compared with worldly goods]  that it alone richly abounds in the fruit of a blessed life; that a blessed life, by means of which eternal life is won, does not depend on external or corporal benefits, but on virtue only. A blessed life is the fruit of the present, and eternal life is the hope of the future


[Ambrose. On the duties of Clergy, Book II, Chapter V ]




The Presentation of CHRIST in the Temple
commonly called
The Purification of Mary the Virgin

-- February 2nd




Robert of New Jersey referred this link to the Order which has the original Latin version of some familiar canticles and prayers.


I came across the Bible software THEOPHILOSTM It comes free with the Authorized Version of the Bible, Matthew's Commentary, and the Eastman Bible Dictionary. It allows the user to append notes and has a great search engine. Simply double clicking a word brings up the dictionary. It is very responsive. Other add-ons are available from the creator (some at a cost). We commend this free version for your studies.


The Biblical Archeology Society is offering a free Ebook in pdf format on the Burial of Jesus, a collection of scholarly articles. I could not find it on the main page, but this link appears to work. Interesting.


Follow this link to download your FREE copy of The Burial of Jesus.:


bidding prayers


For Tyson - for recovery from chest injuries.




Sexagesima is approximately 60 days before Easter.  Originally, the  season of pre-Lent was observed to coordinate the season with the Eastern Church, which followed one of the Ecumenical Councils in observing fasts only Monday-Friday. I understand the Orthodox Lent was eight weeks long (5 days x 8 weeks=40 days).


I have heard that the pre-Lent season began in the 6th Century. In the West, each Sunday of the three weeks of pre-Lent signaled the beginning of fasting for a specific food, in order to wean themselves from dairy products and meat. One item given up on the eve of each Sunday. Likewise, the Church would teach the three theological virtues on these Sundays of Pre-Lent:  Faith, Hope and Charity. 


Last week, we considered Faith, and the necessity of having an unfeigned belief in Gospel truths. This week, let us turn and consider at Hope from the words of Augustine from his discourse on Psalm XXXIII, which we feature as today's homily.


"Behold, the Eyes of the Lord are upon them that fear Him:" because if thou seek salvation, behold, the love of the Lord is upon them that fear Him. "Upon them that hope in His mercy": that hope not in their own strength, but in His mercy.




 "Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee": let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; for hope confoundeth not, because we have hoped in Thee.


We remember the Centurion at Capernaum chiefly for his faith, which our Lord lauded before the unbelieving Jews. No less important to us is his hope. The Centurion had faith that Jesus had the authority and power to heal his servant; closely tied with that faith was his hope that Jesus would deign to do so. Like the Centurion, humbly, we may hope, with the measure of faith given to each, that our Lord will answer our faithful prayers.  Like all faithful centurions over the ages, joyfully, we may anticipate in devout hope, that we will be numbered with the Centurion of Capernaum and all those who shall  come from the East and the West to sit at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as our Lord foretold  [Matt viii.5ff].

Order of Centurions



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