The Third Sunday after Trinity

Color: Red; Intent: God as Ruler of Angels


O God the King of Angels, ruler of all the Hosts of heaven, thou hast spoken out all the mysteries to us, O giver of the streams of all revelations and dispatcher of all Thy radiant messengers. Thou art the One whom we have loved since our infancy; Thy light shines out in us like a lamp of radiance, for Thou hast sent to us thy shining Angels, who have driven away from us our forgetfulness of the truth, and have taught us to bless Thee and Thy light. Amen.


The Lesson is taken from the words of the Holy Prophet Mani:
Now when the Living Father saw the soul afflicted in the body, then the mother of life and the first man and the living spirit stood up in prayer and implored the father of greatness. So the father of greatness heard them and called forth the messenger. Having come, then, he prepared for himself the work for the liberation of souls; he prepared a mechanism with twelve vehicles, the twelve virgin angels with their robes and crowns. The first is Royalty, the second Wisdom, and the third Victory; the fourth is Contentment, the fifth Purity, and the sixth Truth; the seventh is Faith, the eighth Patience, and the ninth Sincerity; the tenth is Kindness, and the eleventh is Justice, while the twelfth is Light.


The Gospel is taken from the Book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
I saw the seven Angels who stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another Angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was brought before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the Angel’s hand. And all the Angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God, saying: Amen; blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Homilies for the Third Sunday after Trinity by Bishop Stephan Hoeller