16th Sunday After Trinity: (16) Tower

Last week was given over to the contemplation of the generation of demons in the shadows of the subconscious mind. This week we contemplate the destructive role of pride in the human heart, which turns everything to stone until it be blasted from without, as we see in the arcana of the (16) Tower. The antidote is to chant the Magnificat and Gloria each morning and evening of the sixteenth week after Trinity.

The Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord.

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden: For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel: As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

The Collect

O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend they Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer

Old Testament Reading

When the ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish: then shall they be destroyed for ever; but thou Lord art the Most Highest for evermore.

For lo, thine enemies, O Lord, lo, thine enemies shall perish; and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.

But my horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn; for I am anointed with fresh oil.

Psalm 92: 7-9

New Testament Reading

… that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge; that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ephesians 3: 13

Liturgical Affirmation

Ego sum lux mundi;

dispergo superbos mente cordis sui.

I am the light of the world; I scatter the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

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