What does the word “Lent” mean?

The Lord be with you If I am honest, I love the meaning behind “liturgical” words. How cool is it to know that “advent” means “coming”? The “Advent Season” is the time prior to Christmas and we anticipate the coming of Jesus in time, in our lives and yet to

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We Remember Philipp Melanchthon

Commemoration of Philipp Melanchthon (birth), Confessor February 16 The Lord be with you Philipp Melanchthon was born February 16, 1497 as Philipp Schwarzerd. Following the practice of many scholars of the day, Philipp translated his last name, which means “black earth,” into its Latin equivalent. He died April 19, 1560.

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Primer on Lenten Fasting

The Lord be with you As most everyone knows, the forty days of Lent reflect, in part, the forty days our Lord Jesus spent in the wilderness at the outset of his public ministry (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13). During that time he fasted, prayed, and was tempted by

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We Remember Philemon and Onesimus

Commemoration of Philemon and Onesimus February 15 The Lord be with you On the liturgical calendar used in the LCMS, today is recognized as the Commemoration of Philemon and Onesimus. The Eastern Church recognizes Onesimus on this day (not Philemon), calling him “Apostle Onesimus.” They were introduced into the Lutheran

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The Shadow of Christ: Joel – a sermon

This year’s Wednesday Lent messages focus on Christ reflected in the Old Testament. In stead of using the standard prophecies, most of the messages will focus on stories often not considered under this topic. This Ash Wednesday message focuses on the prophet Joel, a man we know surprisingly little about.

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About Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It falls 46 days before Easter, meaning it can be as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. For those who have always heard that Lent is 40 days, you are correct. That is because

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We Remember the Martyr, St. Valentine

Commemoration of Saint Valentine, Martyr February 14 The Lord be with you Today is, of course, Valentine’s Day as well as Ash Wednesday this year. The greeting card companies and florists love it, at least the Valentine part The origins of a day to remember Valentine reaches back to the

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We Remember Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos

Commemoration of Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos February 13 The Lord be with you On the LC-MS liturgical calendar February 13 is the Commemoration of Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos. It is also recognized by Orthodox congregations for Aquilla and Priscilla (sorry Apollos). Aquila and his wife, Priscilla (Prisca), were Jewish contemporaries

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