The Sunday Epistles and Gospels
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The Sunday Epistles and Gospels

Msgr. Patrick Boylan

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Now in one beautiful volume! Msgr. Boylan’s acclaimed twin commentaries on Scripture readings.
Inspiration for priests and ordinary Mass-goers. Considered one of the finest Scripture scholars of his day, Msgr. Patrick Boylan was best known for his popular commentaries on the Sunday Epistles and Gospels, published in two volumes in 1941. For years they were heavily employed by priests as inspiration for preaching, and by laymen seeking to get more out of the readings at Mass. Now, they’re back in print in this handsome two-in-one volume, which presents:
  • The Epistle and Gospel readings for every Sunday of the year
  • Extensive “Notes” on each reading (numbered verse-by-verse)
  • “”Thoughts for Preaching” — at least three for every reading, sometimes as many as a dozen

“While the work has chiefly in view the needs of preachers,” writes Msgr. Boylan with priestly understatement, “it is hoped that others … may find it spiritually helpful.” His book brims with unique features:

  • The translation of each Epistle and Gospel is made directly from the Greek, to stimulate fresh insights and clarify precise meanings (a valuable corrective to today’s loose translations)
  • Line-by-line commentaries on the readings provide historical context, explain symbols and obscure references, resolve linguistic difficulties (many raised triumphantly by the modernists), and point to other relevant passages in both Old and New Testaments.
  • On disputed points of scholarship and interpretation, the one favored by official Catholic teaching is presented, with reference to Church documents and other definitive sources
  • Instead of supplying ready-made sermons, the “Thoughts for Preaching” draw out moral and spiritual lessons, highlight doctrinal significance, and suggest applications to everyday life and to timely issues
  • For each Gospel reading: corresponding passages in other Gospels are listed

Hardcover Two volumes in one — 560 pages

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Msgr. Patrick Boylan