A superb Epistle, for Sexagesima Sunday; S Paul's ironical force leaves one quite shaken. And perhaps makes one wonder to what extent ancient rhetorical models may stylistically have contributed to it.
But did you find yourself, Father, wondering if, for the ferias of the coming week, it might have been just a trifle long?
If you did, you have quite a 'Sarum' mind.
In that rite (or use?) there is a rubric to the effect that, when the Mass is resumed in the week, the Epistle begins at Damasci praepositus ...
Curously, Cranmer shortened the lection by cutting out "Damasci praepositus" and what follows.
Could the reason possibly be that he felt that the full Epistle sounded a bit like accumulating Good Works?