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Archive for January, 2010

Preparing for the change of seasons – 2010

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Reminder: traditional Lutheran congregations begin the season of Pre-Lent this year on January 31, Septuagesima. That means Transfiguration falls this year on January 24. Here are the seasonal customs for this time, from the wonderful liturgical resource┬áLex Orandi: The Season & Customs of Pre-Lent The three Sundays before Ash Wednesday are called Septuagesima, Sexagesima and […]

Epiphany 2 – John 2:1-11

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Psalm 104 says, [The Lord] causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man, that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine that makes glad the heart of man, oil […]

Baptism of our Lord Antiphons

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Pastor Weedon, browsing through the 1613 Magdeburg service book, found three antiphons he particularly enjoyed (free liturgical texts). He translated them here, here and here, and then pondered in his heart what it would be like to have them in English to sing. I capitulated, naturally. Here are three antiphons for use at the daily […]

Epiphany 1 – Luke 2:41-52

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Glinda the good witch in The Wizard of Oz was right. There’s no place like home. For a Christian, home is as much in church as at their place of residence. Today Jesus goes home, but not to Nazareth. […]

Notes for Epiphany 1 – Luke 2:41-52

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Blessed Martin Luther Therefore I have often said and say again, that in the Christian church nothing should be preached but the pure Word of God. With this the Gospel agrees when it says that they did not find the Lord among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. It is therefore wrong to say that we must […]