THE TIME OF EASTER

                                                                         Lenten Season

LENT

Invitatory for Lent

The Lord has redeemed His people

      O come, let us worship Him

Antiphons

1         Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from

the mouth of God.      (Matthew 4:4)

2         Behold, now is the favorable time,

behold, now is the day of salvation.

                              (2 Corinthians 6:2) 

3         He was oppressed, and He was afflicted,

yet He opened not His mouth

and the Lord has laid on Him

the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:7,6)

Responsory for Lent

      L:    We have an advocate with the Father;

             Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

                                                 (1 John 2:1-2)

             Blessed is he whose transgression is

             forgiven and whose sin is put away.

                                                  (Psalm 32:1)

             We have an advocate with the Father;

             Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

                                                  (1 John 2:1-2)

      C:    He was delivered up to death;

             He was delivered for the sins of the people.

                                                   (Mark 10:33)

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

Lenten Catechesis: The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory

forever and ever. Amen

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Lenten Catechesis: Holy Baptism

     Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of

Matthew: “Therefore go and make disciples

of all nations, baptizing them in the name

of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy

Spirit.” [Matthew 28:19 NIV]

     Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of

Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will

be saved, but whoever does not believe will

be condemned.” [Mark 16:16 NIV]

     St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: “He

saved us through the washing of rebirth and

renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured

out on us generously through Jesus Christ

our Savior, so that, having been justified by

His grace, we might become heirs having

the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy

saying. [Titus 3:5-8 NIV]

     St. Paul writes in Romans chapter 6:

We were therefore buried with him through

baptism into death in order that, just as

Christ was raised from the dead through the

glory of the Father, we too may live a new

life. [Romans 6:4 NIV]

MONDAY-LENT 4

Lenten Catechesis: What is Baptism?

     In the first place, we take up Baptism, by which

we are first received into the Christian Church.

[John 3:5]

     *It is not mere ordinary water, but water

comprehended in God’s Word and command

and sanctified by them [Ephesians 5:26-27].

So it is nothing other than divine water. Not

that the water in itself is nobler than other water,

but that God’s Word and command are added

to it. Through this, we receive the Holy Spirit.

     Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of

Matthew: “Therefore go and make disciples of all

nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father

and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

     Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of

Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will.

be saved, but whoever does not believe will be

condemned.”

     Baptism is divine and it is instituted by God

Himself and that we must be Baptized or we

cannot be saved.

TUESDAY-LENT 4

Lenten Catechesis: What benefits does Baptism

Give?

     The power, work, profit, fruit, and purpose of

Baptism is this—to save [1 Peter 3:21]. We know

that to be saved is nothing other than to be

delivered from sin, death, and the devil [Colossians

1:13-14]. It means to enter into Christ’s kingdom

[John 3:5], and to live with Him forever.

WEDNESDAY-LENT 4

Lenten Catechesis: How can water to such great

things?

     In the water is God’s Word or command and

God’s name. His name is a treasure greater and

nobler than heaven or earth. (*See also Monday

Lent 4.)

THURSDAY-LENT 4

Lenten Catechesis: What does such baptizing

with water signify?

     It is nothing other than putting to death the

old Adam and affecting the new man’s resurrection

after that [Romans 6:4-6].

FRIDAY/SATURDAY-LENT 4

Lenten Catechesis: Who receives what Baptism

Gives and profits?

     It is given to us by God’s grace. This includes

infants which is pleasing to Christ. Also, it is not

bound by our faith, but by the Word of God. Thus,

even if a dishonest person with evil intent were to

come and we were to baptize them in good faith,

we must say that their Baptism is still genuine.

 

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Lenten Catechesis: Confession

     This is what St. John the Evangelist writes

in chapter 20: The Lord Jesus breathed

on His disciples and said, “Receive the Holy

Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are

forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are

not forgiven.” [John 20: 22-23 NIV]

MONDAY/TUESDAY-LENT 5

Lenten Catechesis: The Keys

     The authority of the Keys [Matthew 16:19],

  or the authority of the bishops—according to

the Gospel—are an office power or command-

ment of God, to preach the Gospel, to forgive

and retain sins, and to administer Sacraments.

WEDNESDAY-LENT 5

Lenten Catechesis: Excommunication and

Repentance

     1: Open and hardhearted sinners are not

admitted to the Sacrament and other communion

of the Church until they amend their lives and

avoid sin. 2: “You are all of no account, whether

you are obvious sinners or saints <in your own

opinions>. You have to become different from

what you are now. You have to act differently

than you are now acting, whether you are as great,

wise, powerful, and holy as can be. Here no one is

godly.”

    

THURSDAY/FRIDAY/SATURDAY-LENT 5

Lenten Catechesis: Confession and Absolution

     Our churches teach that private Absolution

should be retained in the churches, although

listing all sins is not necessary for Confession. For,

according to the Psalm, it is impossible. “Who can

discern his errors?” (Psalm 19:12)

  Our churches teach that there is forgiveness of

sins for those who have fallen after Baptism when-

ever they are converted. The Church ought to impart

Absolution to those who return to repentance

[Jeremiah 3:12], which strictly speaking is in two

Parts: Contrition, that is, terrors striking the con-

science through the knowledge of sin and Faith

which is born of the Gospel [Romans 10:17] or the

Absolution and believes that for Christ’s, sins are

Forgiven.

     Absolution, or the Power of the Keys, is an aid

against sin and a consolation for a bad conscience;

it is ordained by Christ in the Gospel [Matthew 16:19].

Therefore, Confession and Absolution should by

no means be abolished in the Church so that troubled

consciences can be comforted by God’s command

or more so, by the very voice of the Gospel.

    

                                                              HOLY WEEK

PALM SUNDAY

Lenten Catechesis: The Sacrament of the Altar

     The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke,

and St. Paul write: on the night when He was

betrayed,  took bread, and when He had given

thanks, He broke  it and gave it to the disciples

and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is

given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after

supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave

it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; this cup

is the new  testament in My blood, which is shed

for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as

often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK

Lenten Catechesis: What is the Sacrament of the

Altar?

     “It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus

Christ, in and under the bread and wine, which

we Christians are commanded by Christ’s Word

to eat and to drink.”

TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK

Lenten Catechesis: What is the benefit of this

eating and drinking?

     For this reason we go to the Sacrament: there

we receive such a treasure by and in which we

gain forgiveness of sins.

WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK

Lenten Catechesis: How can bodily eating and

Drinking do such great things? / Who receives

the power and benefit of this Sacrament?

     Now the only way (except the work that is

done and the forgiveness of sins secured by the

the cross, because it cannot come to us in any

other way than through the Word) this treasure

is passed along and made our very own is in

the words “Given….and shed for you.” For in

the words you have both truths, that it is both

Christ’s body and blood, and that it is yours as

a treasure and gift.

HOLY (MAUNDY) THURSDAY

     Maundy Thursday, the Day of Command-

ment (Dies Mandati), most properly refers to

the example of service given us by our Lord

and the directive to love as we have been loved

(John 13:34). Yet we must not forget the com-

mand given in the Words “do this in the

remembrance of Me.” This day, with its commem-

oration of the institution of the Lord’s Supper,

is set off from the rest of Holy Week as a day

of festive joy.

Lenten Catechesis: Who receives this Sacrament

worthily?

     Since [the] treasure [of this Sacrament] entirely

presented in the words, it cannot be received and

made ours in any other way than with the heart.

Indeed, those who are true Christians and value

the Sacrament precious and holy will drive and

move themselves to go to it.

Invivatory for Holy Week

Christ became obedient to death, even death

on a cross.

O come, let us worship Him.

Antiphon

Man should not live on bread alone,

but by every word that comes from

the mouth of God.                   (Matthew 4:4)

Responsory

L:  But he would feed you with the finest of

the wheat, and with honey from the rock

I would satisfy you.                  (Psalm 81:16)

     For as often as you eat this bread and

drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s

death until He comes.

(1 Corinthians 11:26)

Just as I have loved you, you also are to

love one another.                       (John 13:34

C: The blood of Jesus, God’s Son,

cleanses from all sin.          (1 John 1:7, alt.)

GOOD FRIDAY

     Good Friday is the high point of Holy Week,

but not of the Church Year—for we know that

after Good Friday a day is coming when death

will give way to life. If the commemoration of

Good Friday was separated from Easter, we

would remain in our sins, and thus the ultimate

word of Good Friday would be “you are condemned.”

Even as we stand at the foot of the cross and

contemplate the price of our sin, we gather as

children reconciled to God. In the services of

Good Friday, the Church does not leave us

in the darkness and the shadow of death but

rather fills us with the certainty of victory over

sin, death, and the devil, pointing us to the

final victory that will be celebrated on Easter.

Lenten Catechesis: Admonition and Encourage-

ment Regarding the Sacrament

     “Do this in remembrance of me” [Luke 22:

19]. These are inviting and commanding words by

which all who would be Christians are told to

partake of this Sacrament. Therefore, whoever

wants to be Christ’s disciple, with whom He here

speaks, must also consider and keep the Sacrament.

They should not act from compulsion, being

forced by others, but in obedience to the Lord

Jesus Christ, to please Him…Since He speaks the

words, “As often as you drink it,” it is…implied that

we should do it often, thus, not once a year or

upon this evening, but often. In other words, when

and where you will, according to everyone’s

opportunity and necessity, bound to no place or

appointed time.

Invivatory for Holy Week

Christ became obedient to death, even death

on a cross.

O come, let us worship Him.

Antiphon 

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted

yet He opened not His mouth

and the Lord was laid on Him

the iniquity of us all.          (Isaiah 53:7, 6)

Responsory

L:  He was despised and rejected by men: a

man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.

(Isaiah 53:3)

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted,

yet He opened not His mouth.

                                                        (Isaiah 53:7)

He poured out His soul to death and was

numbered with the transgressors.

(Isaiah 53:12)

C: He humbled Himself by becoming

obedient to the point of death,

even death on a cross.   (Philippians 2:8)

 

HOLY SATURDAY

    The commemoration of Holy Saturday

encompasses our Lord’s rest in the tomb and

His descent into hell. The descent into hell is

not, however, the depth of Christ’s humiliation

but rather the demonstration of His complete

victory over death. This day takes us out of the

depths of most painful sorrows and out of the

solitude of holy meditation upon Christ’s

passion to the celebration of victory as we

anticipate the Lord’s resurrection breaking

forth in all its glory on Easter.

Lenten Catechesis: Admonition and Encourage-

ment Regarding the Sacrament

     Those who are mindful of their weakness

desire to be rid of it and long for help. They should

regard and use the Sacrament just like a precious

antidote against the poison that they have in them.

Here in the Sacrament you are to receive from the

lips of Christ the forgiveness of sin. It contains and

brings with it God’s grace and the Spirit with all

His gifts, protection, shelter, and power against

death and the devil and all misfortune.

1: We believe, teach, and confess that in the

Holy Supper Christ’s body and blood are truly

present, and that they are truly distributed and

received with the bread and wine.

2: We believe, teach, and confess that the word’s

of Christ’s testament are not to be understood in

any other way than the way they read, according

to the letter…Because of the sacramental union

<the bread and wine> are truly Christ’s body and

blood.

Invivatory for Holy Week

Christ became obedient to death, even death

on a cross.

O come, let us worship Him.

Antiphon

Every day I call upon you, O Lord:

I spread out my hands to you.

(Psalm 88:9)

Responsory

L:  Our shepherd, the source of the waters of

life, has died. The sun was darkened when

He passed away.               (Liturgical text)

He has destroyed the barricades of hell and

overthrown the sovereignty of the devil.

(Liturgical text)

     But in fact Christ has been raised from

the dead, the firstfruits of those who have

fallen asleep.          (1 Corinthians 15:20)

C: Therefor God has highly exalted Him and

bestowed on Him the name that is above

every name.                    (Philippians 2:9) 

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