Biblical memoirs

ASCENSION AND

ASCENSIONTIDE

Invitatory

The King ascends to heaven. Alleluia!

O come, let us worship Him.

Antiphons

1   If I do not go away, the Helper will not

Come to you.

But if I go, I will send Him to you.

Alleluia!                                       (John 16:7)

2   Alleluia! Christ has ascended on high.

Alleluia!

And led a host of captives. Alleluia!

Alleluia

(Liturgical text based on Ephesians 4:8)

3   I am ascending to My Father

And your Father

to My God and your God. Alleluia!

(John 20:17)

 

Responsory

L:  God has gone up with a shout, the Lord

with the sound of a trumpet. (Psalm 47:5)

Go therefore 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)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and

to the Holy Spirit.

C:  Go into all the world and proclaim the

gospel to the whole creation. Whoever

believes and is baptized will be saved.

Alleluia! Alleluia!              Mark 16:15-16)

HOLY TRINITY

 Invitatory

The Lord has called us by the Gospel.

O come, let us worship Him.

 

Antiphons

1    To You do we call, You do we praise, You

      do we worship,

O blessed Trinity.                  (Liturgical text)

2    Glory be to You, coequal Trinity,

one God before all worlds began, and now

a forevermore.                     (Liturgical text)

3    Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God

Almighty,

who was and is and is to come!

(Revelation 4:8)

 

Respnsory

L:   We bless the Father and the Son and the

Holy Spirit.                           (Liturgical text)  

      Blessed are you O Lord, in the expanse

of heaven, and above all to be praised and

glorified forever.

(Liturgical text with reference

                                to Genesis 1:8, Psalm 96:4)

      Glory be to the Father and to the Son and

to the Holy Spirit.

C:   Let us praise Him and magnify Him above

all things forever.

(Liturgical text with reference

                        to Psalm 96:4, 1 Chronicles 16:2) 

    

PENTECOST

(AND ITS OCTIVE)

 

Invitatory

The Sprit of the Lord fills the world. Alleluia!

O come, let us worship Him.

 

Antiphons

1   When you send forth you’re your Spirit,

They are created,

And You renew the face of the ground.

Alleluia! Alleluia!                  (Psalm 104:30)

2   I will not leave you as orphans. Alleluia!

I will come to you, and your hearts

will rejoice. Alleluia!      (John 14:1816:22)

 

Responsory

L:  Divided tongues as of fire appeared to

them and the Holy Spirit rested on each

one of them.                                 (Acts 2:3)

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit

and began to speak in other tongues as the

Spirit gave them utterance.         (Acts 2:4)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and

to the Holy Spirit.

C:  Repent and be baptized every one of

you in the name 0f Jesus Christ for the

forgiveness of your sins, and you will

receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Alleluia! Alleluia!                       (Acts 2:38)

   THE POST – PENTECOST

                SEASON

              Proper 3-7

(May 24-June 25) * Trinity 1-8

 

Invitatory

The Lord has gathered us in the true faith.

O come, let us worship him.

 

Antiphons

1     Sanctify us in the truth,

Your word is truth.                     (John 17:17)

2     Out of the depths

I cry to You, O Lord!                 (Psalm 130:1)

3     Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

God shines forth.                       (Psalm 50:2)

4     Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in Him, and He will act.    (Psalm 37:5)

5     Preserve my life

from dread of the enemy.         (Psalm 64:1)

6     Make me understand the way of Your

precepts.

Strengthen me according to Your word!

(Psalm 119:27-28)

 

Responsory

L:    Yours, O Lord, is the power, Yours is the

kingdom, and You are exalted as head

above all.       (Based on 1 Chronicles 29:11)

Creator of all things, You are fearful and

strong, You are righteous and merciful.

(Liturgical text)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and

to the Holy Spirit.

C:    Give peace in our time, O Lord. The Lord

be with us all.

(Based on 2 Thessalonians 3:16)

This Month In

Biblical Memoir

For today May 1St. Philip and St.

                             James, Apostles

     St. Philip is mentioned in the lists of the

apostles(Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14;

Acts 1:13), but only in John’s Gospel is more

told about him. Philip was from Bethsaida

in Galilee and one of the first disciples called

after Peter and Andrew. Philip also was

instrumental in bringing Nathanael to Jesus

(John 1:43-51). It was to Philip that Jesus

posed the question about where to buy bread

to feed five thousand men (John 6:5). During

Holy Week, Philip with Andrew brought

some inquiring Greeks to Jesus (John 12:20

22). And on Maundy Thursday evening,

Philip asked Jesus to show the Father to him

and to the rest of the disciples (John 14:8).

According to tradition, Philip went to labor

in Phrygia and was buried there.

St. James was a son of Alphaeus and was

also called “the Younger” (to distinguish him

from James, the son of Zebedee, “the Elder,”

whose festival day is July 25). His mother

Mary, was one of the faithful women who

Stood at the cross of Jesus (Matthew 27:56;

Mark 15:40). James is mentioned in the same

apostolic lists as Philip, but there is no other

mention of him in the New Testament. There

is also no information regarding his field

of labor or the circumstances of his death,

except that he may have been martyred by

being sawed in two.

 

For today May 2Athanasius of Alexandria,

                             Pastor and Confessor

     Athanasius was born in Alexandria

in Egypt around AD 295. He served as a

church leader in a time of great controversy

and ecclesiastical disagreement. At the

Council of Nicaea in AD 325, Athanasius

defended Christian orthodoxy against the

proponents of the Arian heresy, which

denied the full divinity of Jesus Christ.

During his forty-five-year tenure as bishop

of Alexandria, Athanasius wrote numerous

works that defended the orthodox teaching.

His enemies had him exiled five times; on

two occasions he was almost murdered. Yet

Athanasius remained steadfast and ended

his days restored fully to his ecclesiastical

responsibilities. The Athanasian Creed,

though not composed by Athanasius, is

named in his honor because it confesses

the doctrinal orthodoxy he championed

throughout his life.

 

For today May 4Friedrich Wyneken,

                             Pastor and Missionary

Friedrich Wyneken is one of the

Founding fathers of The Lutheran

Church—Missouri Synod, along with C.

F.W. Walther and Wilhelm Sihler. Born

In 1810 in Germany, Wyneken came to

Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838 and shortly

thereafter accepted a call to be the pastor

of congregations in Friedheim and Fort

Wayne, Indiana. Supported by Wilhelm

Loehe’s mission society, Wyneken served as

an itinerant missionary in India, Ohio,

and Michigan, particularly among Native

Americans. Together with Loehe and Sihler,

he founded Concordia Theological Seminary

in 1846 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Wyneken

later served as the second president of the

LCMS during a period of significant growth

(1850-64). His leadership strongly influenced

the confessional character of the LCMS and

its commitment to an authentic Lutheran

witness.

 

For today May 5Frederick the Wise

                             Christian Ruler

     Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony

from 1486 to 1525, was Martin Luther’s

sovereign in the early years of the

Reformation. Were it not for Frederick,

there might not have been a Lutheran

Reformation. Born in Torgau, Germany, in

1463, Frederick became well known for

his skill in political diplomacy and his sense

of justice and fairness that he was called “the

Wise” by his subjects. Although he never

met Luther, Frederick repeatedly protected

and provided for him. In all likelihood, he

saved the reformer from a martyr’s fate when

he refused the Pope’s demand to extradite

Luther to Rome for a heresy trial in 1518.

When Emperor Charles V declared Luther

An outlaw in 1521 at the Diet of Worms,

Frederick provided sanctuary for Luther at

Wartburg Castle. On his deathbed, Frederick

received the Lord’s Supper in both kinds—a

clear confession of the evangelical faith.

 

For today May 7C.F.W. Walther, Theologian

Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther

(1811-87), the Father of the Lutheran

Church—Missouri Synod, emigrated from

Saxony, Germany, with other Lutherans in

1839 and settles in Missouri. He served as

pastor of several congregations in St. Louis,

founded Concordia Seminary, and in 1847

was instrumental in the formation of The

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (then

called the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of

Missouri, Ohio, and Other States). Walther

served as the Synod’s first president from

1847 to 1850 and again from 1864 to 1878.

Walther worked tirelessly to promote

confessional Lutheran teaching and doctrinal

agreement among all Lutherans in the

United States. He was a prolific writer and

speaker, and among his most influential

works are Church and Ministry and The

Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel.

 

For today May 9Job

Job was a blameless and upright man

who came from Uz (Job 1:1), a land northeast

of Canaan. The book of Job examines the

depths of his faith, which was severely tested

through the sufferings God permitted.

Despite the sudden death of his ten children

And the loss of his wealth and his health,

Job refused to curse God, saying,” Naked I

Came from my mother’s womb, and naked

shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord

has taken away; blessed be the name of the

Lord” (Job 1:21). Still, in the midst of his

tribulations Job questioned the meaning and

purpose of suffering to the point of asserting

his own righteousness (Job 34:5-60). Finally,

the Lord revealed that a man cannot know

the mysteries of God (Job 38-41). Job’s

faith in his Redeemer and the resurrection

prevailed (Job 19:2-27). In the end, the Lord,

restored Job’s wealth and blessed him with

another seven sons and three daughters.

 

For today May 11Cyril and Methodius

                               Missionaries to the Slavs

Cyril (AD 826-69) Methodius (ca. 815-

85) were brothers who came from a

Greek family in Thessalonica and were both

ordained as priests. After ordination, Cyril

became librarian at the Church of Holy

Wisdom (Hagia Sophia) in Constantinople.

In AD 862, the brothers were sent by the

emperor as missionaries to what is now the

Czech republic, where they taught in the

native Slavic tongue. Cyril invented the

alphabet known today as “Cyrillic”, which

provided a written language for the liturgy

and Scriptures for the Slavic people. This use

of the vernacular established an important

principle for evangelical missions.

 

For today May 21Emperor Constantine,

                               Christian Ruler, and Helena,

                               Mother of Constantine

     Constantine I served as Roman emperor

from AD 306 to 337. During his reign, the

persecution of Christians was forbidden

by the Edict of Milan in AD 313, and,

ultimately, the faith gained full imperial

support. Constantine took an active interest

in the life and teachings of the Church and

in AD 325 called the council of Nicaea, at

which orthodox Christianity was defined

and defended. His mother, Helena (ca. AD

255-329), strongly influenced Constantine.

Her great interest in locating the holy sites

of the Christian faith led her to become one

of the first Christian pilgrims to the Holy

Land. Her research led to the identification

of biblical locations in Jerusalem, Bethlehem,

and beyond, which are still maintained as

places of worship today.

 

For today May 24Esther

Esther is the heroine of the biblical book

That bears her name. Her Jewish name

was Hadassah, which means “myrtle”. Her

beauty, charm, and courage served her well

as queen to King Ahasuerus. In that role, she

was able to save her people from a mass

extermination that Haman, the king’s chief

advisor, had planned  (Esther 2:9-4:17).

Esther’s efforts to uncover the plot resulted

in the hanging of Haman on the very same

gallows that he had built for Mordecai, her

uncle and guardian. Following this, the

king named Mordecai minister of state in

Haman’s place. This story is an example of

how God intervenes on behalf of His people

to deliver them form evil, as here through

Esther He preserved the Old Testament

People through whom the Messiah would

come.

 

For today May 25Bede the Venerable,

                               Theologian

Bede (AD 673-735) was the last of the

Early Church Fathers and the first to compile

the history of the English Church. Born in

Northumbria, Bede’s parents places him in

a monastery in northern England at the age

of seven. He rarely left the monastery and

devoted the rest of his life to teaching and

writing. The most learned man of his time,

he was a prolific writer of history, whose

careful use of sources provided a model for

historians in the middle ages. Known best

for his book The Ecclesiastical History of

the English People, he was also a profound

interpreter of Scripture; his commentaries

are still fresh today. His most famous

disciple, Cuthbert, reported that Bede was

working on a translation of John’s Gospel

into English when death came and that he

died with the words of the Gloria Patri on his

lips. He received the title “Venerable” within

two generations of his death and is buried

in Durham Cathedral as one of England’s

greatest saints.

 

For today May 31The Visitation

John the Baptizer and Jesus, the two

great figures of salvation history, now come

together in the visit to Elizabeth by the

Virgin Mary (Luke 1:39-45), both of whom

conceived their children under miraculous

circumstances. Thus John is brought into

the presence of Jesus while they are still in

their mother’s wombs. This presence of the

Lord causes a response by the Child John as

he leaps in Elizabeth’s womb. John’s response

to the presence of Jesus, the Messiah,

foreshadows John’s own role as forerunner.

Already now, a new creation is beginning,

and a baby still in the womb hails the new

creation’s inception. Foreshadowed in John’s

leap are the miracles of Jesus, who will cause

all creation to leap at His presence: “The

blind receive their sight, the lame walk,

lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead

are raised up, the poor have good news

preached to them” (Luke 7:22). The incarnate

presence of the Messiah also evokes a

response from Elizabeth, who proclaims

Mary’s blessedness. Mary’s Magnificat (Luke

1:46-55) provides the theological significance

of this meeting as Mary sums up her place

in salvation history. Mary’s song is a hymn

to God for His gracious gifts to the least in

this world, whom He has lifted up out of

lowliness solely because of His grace and

mercy.

THE TWO LEFT FEET OF CRISTIANITY

 

How do you fair as a Christian? Are you able to walk in true and undying faith? Are you constantly telling of the life and Salvation of Jesus Christ? Can you speak fluently of the Father who is in heaven? Do you boast righteously of the Holy Spirit and the fire therein? Do you implicitly trust the will of God? Do you pray every day? Do you confess your sins before the Almighty? Do you forgive people no matter what they do? Have you thanked someone simply because they deserve it? Do you give more than you receive? Are you memorizing Scriptures from the very Word of God that became flesh? Are you following the Ten Commandments? No? Well, don’t feel bad, I have also failed this particular exam. But that does not mean that we are failures as Christians, because we ARE children of God, we ARE temples of Jesus Christ, and we ARE disciples doing what we feel is right. Ah! But there is the million dollar bonus question; are we doing what is truly right?

In our lives we live to what we believe is the way, the truth, and the life. But unfortunately we fall short of that image because we do not fully live to the Words of Jesus who says; “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.” Our sins, thus our proverbial two left feet, causes us to stumble constantly and therefore we are unable to grab hold and NEVER let go of He who is yesterday, today, and forever. Our Shepherd isour beginning and our end and because of the very love the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit has for us, we will never fall short of the gifts that are provided for us in our walk in faith. Yet even with that, we seem to think that we are “Waltzing” through life as to a perfect dance of Christianity. Though our partner is our Creator and wants us to know perfection, we ignore the lessons He wants to teach us so that we don’t carry on doing the Holey-Pokey.

Let us now enter a Plaza of the soul where the Holy Spirit will kindly take your jacket. Let is sit at The Table of Grace and enjoy a glass of Water of Life and a basket of Bread which is the Body. Let us look upon the DJ of Life who is our Delightful Jesus as He plays His Songs of Heart. Let us accept the Hand of Invitation to the Dancefloor of Eternity who is our God. As the music begins, you may have your head bowed, tears in your eyes, and might say, “Father, I have two left feet and cannot dance.” He will then lift your head gently, wipe away your tears and say, “My child, with my righteous right hand, I will guide you.”

Alan Lyght

4/21/18

 

Psalm 89:13

You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.

 

Psalm 16:8

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

 

Psalm 63:8

My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.

 

Psalm 139:10

Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

 

Isaiah 41:13

“For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’

 

Lamentations 2:3

In fierce anger He has cut off All the strength of Israel; He has drawn back His right hand From before the enemy And He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire Consuming round about.

 

Psalm 16:11

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

 

Psalm 48:10

As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.

 

Psalm 73:23

Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.

 

Isaiah 62:8

The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm, “I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies; Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored.”

 

Psalm 60:5

That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer us!

 

Psalm 108:6

That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer me!

 

Psalm 17:7

Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand From those who rise up against them.

 

Psalm 20:6

Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.

Psalm 80:15

Even the shoot which Your right hand has planted, And on the son whom You have strengthened for Yourself.

 

Psalm 98:1

O sing to the LORD a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.

 

Psalm 138:7

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.

 

Psalm 18:35

You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.

 

Psalm 44:3

For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them.

 

Psalm 78:54

So He brought them to His holy land, To this hill country which His right hand had gained.

 

Isaiah 41:10

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

 

Exodus 15:6

“Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.

 

Exodus 15:12

“You stretched out Your right hand, The earth swallowed them.

 

Psalm 21:8

Your hand will find out all your enemies; Your right hand will find out those who hate you.

 

Psalm 74:11

Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? From within Your bosom, destroy them!

 

Psalm 45:4

And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.

 

Psalm 77:10

Then I said, “It is my grief,  That the right hand of the Most High has changed.”

 

Psalm 118:15-16

The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

 

Isaiah 48:13

“Surely My hand founded the earth, And My right hand spread out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand together.

 

Lamentations 2:4

He has bent His bow like an enemy; He has set His right hand like an adversary And slain all that were pleasant to the eye; In the tent of the daughter of Zion He has poured out His wrath like fire.

 

Habakkuk 2:16

“You will be filled with disgrace rather than honor. Now you yourself drink and expose your own nakedness The cup in the LORD’S right hand will come around to you, And utter disgrace will come upon your glory.

 

Hebrews 1:13

But to which of the angels has He ever said, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET”?

 

Psalm 110:1

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

 

Matthew 22:44

‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET”‘?

 

Mark 12:36

“David himself said in the Holy Spirit, ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET.”‘

 

Luke 20:42

“For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,

 

Luke 22:69

“But from now on THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD.”

 

Acts 2:34

“For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,

 

Acts 7:55-56

But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

 

Colossians 3:1

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

 

Hebrews 1:3

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

 

Hebrews 12:2

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

1 Peter 3:22

who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

 

Ephesians 1:20-21

which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

 

Romans 8:34

who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

 

Acts 2:33

“Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.

 

Acts 5:31

“He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

 

Hebrews 4:14-16

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Hebrews 8:1

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

 

Matthew 26:64

Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”

 

Mark 14:62

And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”