Good Friday

The Lord be with you The date for Good Friday is set by Easter and so moves from year to year. It falls between March 20 and April 23, inclusive. While our hymnals have consistently named this day “Good Friday,” there are other names used in other traditions. The three

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Maundy (Holy) Thursday

The Lord be with you Maundy Thursday commemorates the events that transpired the Thursday evening before Easter. As the Jews of Jesus’ day reckoned a day from sunset to sunset, Jesus would have thought of these events as happening on Friday. However, as we reckon a day beginning at midnight,

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Wednesday in Holy Week

The Lord be with you If we were to have a worship service on Holy Wednesday, the following would be the appointed propers. INTROIT (Ps. 65:1-4a; Ps. 56:11) In God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? Be gracious to me, O God, for

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A Sermon Given to Pope Francis

[2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, not only for Lutherans, but for all Christians, even Roman Catholics. Below is a message delivered at the highest Roman Catholic levels, which reveals a very different Roman Catholic Church from the one that excommunicated Luther.] Fifth Lenten Sermon of Fr. Cantalamessa

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Tuesday in Holy Week

If we were to have a worship service on Holy Tuesday, the following would be the appointed propers. It was on Tuesday that Jesus taught us to love God with all our mind, heart, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourself. INTROIT (Ps. 42:3, 9-10; antiphon: Ps. 42:5-6a)

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Propers for Monday in Holy Week

The Lord be with you There are, actually, appointed “propers” for each day during Holy Week. “Propers” are elements that change from week to week or season to season in an historic liturgical worship service. They include (but are not limited to) the Scripture lessons, Introit, Collect (prayer of the

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Mon throught Wed of Holy Week

The Lord be with you We all know what happened on Palm Sunday. We also know that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper the evening of Maundy Thursday. On Good Friday we know he was crucified, that on Holy Saturday he lay in the grave and that he rose back to

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Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. The final two weeks are the two week prior to Easter. These two weeks have been called Passiontide and the Sunday’s called the First and Second Sunday of the Passion. The Second Sunday of the Passion has also been called Palm Sunday because the Gospel

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Holy Week

The Lord be with you Holy Week is fast approaching. This week is the apex of the Church year just as it is the apex of the four Gospels. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday. It is, therefore, eight days. In Matthew’s gospel Holy Week

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