The Third Sunday in Lent

Color: Violet; Intent: Understanding


O repose of the all, we give Thee glory, the Father of Greatness, the glorious King, the Sun in His Aeons, the mighty Crown-bearer, the Father of all our race, the God of all the Gods, the good tree that has given no evil fruit, the Father whose children are many, the Watcher who guards His tower, the sleepless shepherd, the helmsman who does not swoon from the drink of the world, the king and god of Truth, He of the unfading crown, who is Himself all wisdom and love, and who fills our hearts with understanding and compassion. Amen.


The Lesson is taken from the words of the Holy Prophet Mani:
You are the sons of the day and the sons of Light; fight yet a little while, O sons of Light, and you will be victorious; he who evades his burden will lose his bedchamber! Support one another, my brothers, do not flinch at all; we have a God who cares for us, He will help us in His compassion. Be yourselves refiners and saviors for your soul which abides in every place, that you may lead it to the dwelling of the fathers of the Light in the New Aeon in the place of Joy. The many have erred because they look to a distant day, but let us today do good so that our way may be radiant once again, and we may be fearless wherever we may go! Let us not slumber and sleep, until our Lord changes us, his garland on his head and his palm leaf in his hand, wearing the robe of his glory — and all of us enter the bridechamber and reign together with him!


The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. John:
The Pharisees brought unto Jesus a woman taken in adultery, and when they had set her in the midst they said unto him: Master this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act; now Moses in the Law commanded us that such should be stoned; but what sayest Thou? This they said, tempting Him, that they might have wherewith to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted Himself up, and said unto them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. And they who heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last; and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her: Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her: Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.

Homilies for the Third Sunday of Lent by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller