Saturday, 16 January 2016

Notes on II Corinthians

This week's Matins readings are from 2 Corinthians, so thirteen chapters to get through.

2 Corinthians was written around 57AD from Macedonia or Northern Greece, and very much follows from I Corinthians: some of those targeted by St Paul's previous letter seem to have responded by attacking his authority; this is his response to them.  The result is a defense of St Paul's mission, and a dissertation on the apostolic mission.

Theologically it is important in responding to the ever-present  problem of dissent in the Church.

The structure of the letter is fairly loose.  Chapters 1 to 7 review his relationship to the Corinthian Christian community, and defends his actions and conduct.  Chapters 8 and 9 solicit financial support for the church in Jerusalem.  And chapters 10 to 13 attacks his accusers.

Matins readings for the second week after Epiphany

The Matins readings in the traditional Benedictine Office this week are set out below.

Second Sunday after Epiphany (Jan 17)

Nocturn I2 Corinthians 1: 1-5, 6-7, 8-11, 12-13
Nocturn II: Sermon of St John Chrysostom (Preface to the letters of St Paul)
Nocturn III: Homily of St Augustine (Tract 9 on St John n2)
Gospel: John 2:1-11

Monday (Jan 18)

2 Corinthians 3: 1-3, 4-8, 9-14

Tuesday (Jan 19)

2 Corinthians 5: 1-4, 6-10, 11-15

Wednesday (Jan 20)

2 Corinthians 7: 1-3, 4-7, 8-10

Thursday (Jan 21) - Feast of St Agnes

If Class III:

2 Corinthians 10: 1-3, 4-12; St Ambrose Concerning Virginity, from Bk I , chap 2

If Class II (monasteries of nuns):

Nocturn I: Sirach 5: 1-3; 4-7; 8-1213-17
Nocturn II: St Ambrose, Concerning Virginity
Nocturn III: Homily 12 of St Gregory on the Gospels, n1 (Common of Virgins)

Friday (Jan 22)   

2 Corinthians 12: 1-4, 5-9, 9-11

Saturday (Jan 23) - Saturday of Our Lady

2 Corinthians 13: 1-4, 5-13; from Homily 22 of St Leo (III)