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Archive for September, 2008

Introits and Graduals for the Church Year by Healey Willan

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Healey Willan, the Canadian composer and church musician at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Toronto is known within Lutheran circles for his setting of the communion liturgy, Te Deum, and the We Praise Thee collections. But his little known collection Introits and Graduals for the Church Year published by Concordia Publishing House in the mid […]

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

+ + + Jesu Juva + + + The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity Text: Luke 7:11-17 In the Name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. On a dusty road that leads down to the grave, the dead only begotten son of a widow was met by the […]

Bach Cantata for Trinity 17

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost BWV 114 “Ah, dear Christian, be comforted” An excellent cantata in itself that preaches on suffering in the world, our repentance over sin, and confidence in Christ’s salvation. It is especially appropriate to consider this year, since it is tailored around both the Gospel appointed for Trinity 17 (healing of […]

Church Fathers for Trinity 18 – Matthew 22:34-46

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

But in what way shall we confess Him? By doing what He says, and not transgressing His commandments, and by honoring Him not with our lips only, but with all our heart and with all our mind. (2 Clement 3:4) The way of life, then, is this: first, thou shalt love God who made thee; […]

Anselm on St. Matthew 9:13 (St. Matthew, Apostle)

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

In 9:13, Jesus quotes Hosea 6:6 against the Pharisees, saying “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Anselm: “Yet does not God condemn sacrifice, but sacrifice without mercy. But the Pharisees often offered sacrifices in the temple that […]