Festival of St Mary Magdalene

Festival of St Mary Magdalene July 22 The Lord be with you When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary

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Commemoration of Ezekiel

Commemoration of Ezekiel July 21 Today, we rejoice to remember the holy prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel served the Lord as a prophet primarily to the Judean exiles at the time of the Babylonian Captivity, having been carried captive by Nebuchadnezzar in 597 BC. He was the son of Buzi and thus

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Commemoration of Elijah

Commemoration of Elijah July 20 The Lord be with you On the liturgical calendar used in the LC-MS we again follow the suggestion of the 19th century liturgical scholar, Wilhelm Löhe (remembered January 2), and recognize today as the Commemoration of Elijah. The Eastern Church, on this day, commemorates the

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One Faith for All Time

SALVATION ACCOMPLISHED. LEO THE GREAT: Our origin, corrupted right after its start, needed to be reborn with new beginnings. A victim had to be offered for reconciliation, a victim that was at one and the same time both related to our race and foreign to our defilement. In this way

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The “Sacrament” of Christ’s Passion

Therefore St. Peter says in 1 Peter 2:21 that Christ suffered for us (this insofar as it is a sacrament), “leaving you an example.” The sacrament of Christ’s Passion is His death and the remission of sins. The example, on the other hand, is the imitation of His punishments. Therefore

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Commemoration of Ruth

Commemoration of Ruth July 16 On this day, we praise God for an ancestress of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ruth. “But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge.

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We Were All Once Foolish

Luther on Titus 3:3 … Foolish. You will find such men in the government. Do not be offended. Have epiekeia [reasonableness], and think to yourself: “That prince is crazy. I remember the time when I was too.” Apeithas, faithless. In the public realm or in the household you will see

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Help When Facing “Melancholy”

Such distress he [Martin Luther] had to suffer, just as he himself said, “Many suppose that, because I sometimes act happy in my outward behavior, I walk in a world of roses. But God knows how it really is with me,” etc. And in the same year, for that matter,

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