Sanctoral Cycle (or Calendar)

The Lord be with you In a “conservative” Church, we like to pretend that things are unchanging. In reference to the big things, like Word and Sacrament, Law and Gospel, the Bible as the Word of God, the death and resurrection of Jesus as the central event of all time,

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The Advent Season

The Lord be with you Advent Season is the beginning of the Church Year. It begins with the First Sunday in (or “of”) Advent. The First Sunday in Advent is the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle, which is November 30. Many liturgical calendars (like ours) have

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We Remember John of Damascus

Commemoration of John of Damascus, Theologian and Hymnwriter December 4 The Lord be with you Today on the Church Calendar used in the LC-MS we commemorate John of Damascus (ca. 675-749 AD). He is known as the great compiler and summarizer of the orthodox faith and the last great Greek

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Nine New Pastors Ordained in Tanzania

Between the special guests, bishops donning all their kit, and the brass band warming up, the little trading center of Uchira, Tanzania, drew an inordinate amount of attention from those passing by on the highway that divides the town. When all were assembled, the procession began with the cross leading

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Faith is the Glue

THE UNION OF FAITH, THE WORD, AND THE HEART. MARTIN LUTHER: That uniting or combination of the Word and the hearts is reciprocal. For these three—faith, the Word, and the heart—become one. Faith is the glue or the bond. The Word is on one side; the heart is on the

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Christ Turns the Tables

CHRIST DEFEATS THE DEVIL WITH THE DEVIL’S ON WEAPON, MARTIN LUTHER: God’s proper work … is “life, peace, and joy,” and the other fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. Yet in this the Lord “exalted his holy One” (Ps 4:3) and is “wonderful among all his saints” (Ps 68:35)

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