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St. Peter Damian for Christmas Eve

Monday, December 21st, 2009

It is my parish’s custom to celebrate Divine Service at an earlier hour on Christmas Eve, reserving the later hour for Lessons and Carols. I’ll be using the propers for Christmas Eve in LSB (Isaiah 7:10-14; 1 John 4:7-16; Matthew 1:18-25). There now follows an excerpt of a homily by St. Peter Damian for Christmas […]

Advent 4 – John 1:19-28

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Saint Paul asks in Romans chapter ten, how shall they hear without a preacher? How shall the priests and Levites sent from the Jews hear? They come to John the Baptizer with open mouths and closed ears. They ask […]

Advent 3 – Matthew 11:2-10

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord” is not necessarily thrilling. John the Baptizer is the one prophesied to clear the path for the preaching of Jesus Christ. Path clearing takes effort. […]

Advent 2 – Luke 21:25-36

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit The Introit begins with these words from Isaiah 62: Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation comes.” You are the daughter of Zion. The message from God is for your comfort. Nevertheless, there is not much comforting […]

Gerhard on Advent 2 – Luke 21:25-36

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Despite the fact that as a result of this spiritual captivity under sin we, too, have been subjugated into captivity under death and various crosses, here we have the hope that Christ our Redeemer will, in His final coming, lead us out from  under this captivity of ours, and will escort us to true freedom. […]