Philemon and Onesimus, Commemoration

Commemoration of Philemon and Onesimus February 15 The Lord be with you Today, in America, we celebrate “Presidents’ Day.” As with all the holidays on which the banks close that have been created in my lifetime, this day is not fixed to a certain date but floats around so we

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Baptism of Jackson & Paisley

The Lord be with you, Today, the First Sunday in Lent and also the Commemoration of Saint Valentine, Martyr, was special at Our Redeemer for another reason. Jackson Howard and Paisley McKenzie Puckett, the children of Anise and Andrew and the grandchildren of David (our President) and Connie Vering, were

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St. Valentine, Martyr

Commemoration of Saint Valentine, Martyr February 14 The Lord be with you Today is, of course, Valentine’s Day. The greeting card companies and florists love it. The origins of the day reach back to the third century. The name Valentine means “worthy,” and so it is not surprising that there

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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 the Orthodox congregations for Aquilla and Priscilla (sorry Apollos). Aquila and his wife, Priscilla (Prisca), were Jewish

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The Development of the Season of Lent

The Lord be with you The need for preparation for every religious event was second nature to the early Christians, the sentiment having been inherited from the first century Christians who were strongly influenced by the many Jewish converts (though they probably didn’t think of themselves as “converts” but still

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Ash Wednesday

Tomorrow is both Ash Wednesday and, because it is February 10, the Commemoration of Silas, Fellow Worker of St Peter and St. Paul. Instead of putting up a post concerning each of these days on Wednesday, I’ve chosen to put up one on Ash Wednesday today and one about the

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Primer on Lenten Fasting

The Lord be with you As most everyone knows, the forty days of Lent reflect 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 the devil.

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