Epiphany and Prelent Reflections 2015

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Tuesday of Quinquagesima

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Monday of Quinquagesima

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. (1 Samuel 16:13)

Quinquagesima

Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." (Luke 18:42)

Saturday of Sexagesima

Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. (Psalm 31:5, from the introit for Quinquagesima)

Friday of Sexagesima

...how can a man be righteous before God? (Job 9:2)

Thursday of Sexagesima

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9)

Wednesday of Sexagesima

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks. (Small Catechism, Second Commandment)

Tuesday of Sexagesima

I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Monday of Sexagesima

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

Sexagesima

A sower went out to sow his seed. (Luke 8:5)

Saturday of Septuagesima

Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. For our soul is bowed down to the dust; arise for our help and redeem us. (Psalm 44:23 from the Introit for Sexagesima)

Friday of Septuagesima

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" (John 1:35-36)

Thursday of Septuagesima

All were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. (1 Corinthians 10:2)

Wednesday of Septuagesima

You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things. (Small Catechism, First Commandment)

Tuesday of Septuagesima

"You shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." (Exodus 17:6)

The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord

This Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against. (Luke 2:34)

Septuagesima

When those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. (Matthew 20:9)

Saturday of Transfiguration

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:1-2 from the Introit for Septuagesima)

Friday of Transfiguration

So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. (Exodus 34:30)

Thursday of Transfiguration

And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. (2 Peter 1:18)

Wednesday of the Transfiguration

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy, Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. What does this mean?...In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. (Small Catechism, The Creed, Third Article)

Tuesday of the Transfiguration

And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.' " (Exodus 3:14)

St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor

...holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. (Titus 1:9)

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" (Matthew 17:5)

St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor

So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. (Acts 16:5)

Friday of the Second Week after Epiphany

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:14)

Thursday of the Second Week after Epiphany

This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:32)

Wednesday of the Second Week after Epiphany

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy, Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.. (Small Catechism, The Creed, Second Article)

Tuesday of the Second Week after Epiphany

But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live." (Exodus 33:20)

Monday of the Second Week after Epiphany

And he said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!" (John 2:10)

The Confession of St. Peter

Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Mark 8:32-33)

Saturday of the First Week after Epiphany

Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.(Psalm 66:5 from the Introit for Epiphany 2)

Friday of the First Week after Epiphany

Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the Most Holy Place, under the wings of the cherubim. (1 Kings 8:6-7)

Thursday of the First Week after Epiphany

And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" (Luke 2:49)

Wednesday of the First Week after the Epiphany

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. What does this mean?

Tuesday of the First Week after Epiphany

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Monday of the First Week after Epiphany

Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan. (Joshua 3:17)

The Baptism of our Lord

But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him. (Matthew 3:15)

Saturday after the Epiphany

I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him (Psalm 89:20 from the Introit for the Baptism of our Lord)

Friday after the Epiphany

...that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel... (Ephesians 3:6)

Thursday after the Epiphany

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:2)

Wednesday after the Epiphany

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ...has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and His innocent suffering and death. (Small Catechism, The Creed, Second Article)

The Epiphany of Our Lord

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (Matthew 2:3)