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Christmas 2 – Matthew 2:13-23

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit God’s wisdom is so great that no person can guess all of His reasons in letting evil or good things happen. It is disrespectful to name all the purposes that God permitted Herod to put to death all the […]

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist – John 21:20-25

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit “Each call of Christ leads to death.” These words from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book The Cost of Discipleship are appropriate not only for the Twelve, but also for you and me. When the Holy Spirit calls you by the Gospel, […]

Christmas Eve – Matthew 1:18-25

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit “Ideas create idols; only wonder leads to knowing.” One look at the eyes of a child when seeing Santa Claus, looking at a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, or opening Christmas presents confirms Saint Gregory of Nyssa’s quote. All of […]

Luther Quote for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Faith does not make for itself any name. All other lives have a name, but this station is completely nameless. One cannot give it any title. When I ask what a Christian is, I cannot say that he is this or that. I cannot say that he wears a hat or he is married, a […]

Christmas Eve/Vigil of Christmas

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Dom Prosper Gueranger writes about The Vigil of Christmas in “The Liturgical Year”. He says when December 24 falls on Sunday (as it did in 2006 and not again until 2017) the Fourth Sunday in Advent makes way for The Vigil of Christmas. Lutheran Service Book makes no provision for this vigil, but does provide […]


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