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The Purification of Mary and its Propers

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Candlemas, Presentation of our Lord, Groundhog day…. 16th century Lutheran chant anthologies only call it the Purification of Mary, though Matthäus Ludecus notes that it was also called Liechtmes in German, along with the blessing of candles and impiae superstitiones adhibetae sunt. I had hoped to transcribe an Alleluia verse as well, but I found great […]

The Presentation of Our Lord and The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Luke 2:22-32

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Deo volente, this will be preached at the Divine Service before the Lenten Preaching Seminar at Messiah Church, Kenosha, WI. I put this here just in case I forget to bring my sermon from Momence to Kenosha. Feel free not to read it if you are planning to be there! In the Name of the […]

A few Transfiguration questions

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Why is “horama” translated as vision in verse nine? Does the word have some connotation of ecstatic vision? I just wonder if the word has some sense that the event isn’t real. Obviously, I don’t believe that, but our use of the word vision seems to almost imply it.

Notes on Presentation/Purification – Luke 2:22-32

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Pius Parsch, “The Church’s Year of Grace” The feast of the Purification brings the Christmas-Epiphany season to its end. The theology proper to today’s liturgy forms a fitting transition from Christmas to Easter (1:369). To grasp its real significance we must associate it with the great solemnities of the winter cycle. Christmas, Epiphany, Purification – […]

Transfiguration Notes – Matthew 17:1-9

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The Pre and Post-Vatican II lectionary puts the Transfiguration account as the Second Sunday in Lent. Gerhard’s Postillas puts the text as the Last Sunday in the Church Year. I could not find a Luther sermon on the Transfiguration. Bo Giertz’s “Preaching from the Whole Bible” (thank you, Lutheran Legacy, for republishing this gem!) puts […]