The Ascension of our Lord: Jesus Ascends, but does not leave us alone

The Ascension of our Lord
Cover: Leaving his disciples below, Jesus is taken up into heaven to sit at the right hand of God (Acts 1:1-11). From Martin Luther’s Church Postils (Sermons), 1549.

Lessons: Psalm 47, 2 Kings 2:8-15, Acts 1:1-11, Mark 16:14-20
Hymns: LSB 493, 492, 639, 495, 491

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Rogate, the Sixth Sunday of Easter: On Crucifixion and Prayer

Jesus Teaches His Disciples
Jesus teaches his disciples about God the Father, based on John 16:23-33. From a book by Veit Dietrich summarizing the entire Bible (1562).

Lessons: Numbers 21:4-9, James 1:22-27, John 16:23-33
Hymns: LSB 668, 459, 663, 633, 766, 490

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Cantate, the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Christian Conviction

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
Jesus tells his disciples of the Holy Spirit’s power to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment., based on John 16:5-15. From a book by Veit Dietrich summarizing the entire Bible (1562).

Lessons: Isaiah 12:1-6, James 1:16-21, John 16:5-15
Hymns: LSB 463, 459, 741, 865, 633, 466, 478

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Jubilate, the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Sorrow and Joy

Jesus Instructs His Disciples on Sorrow and Joy
Jesus bids farewell to his disciples and tells them that their grief will turn into joy, based on John 16:16-22. From Martin Luther’s Church Postils (Sermons), 1554.

Lessons: Isaiah 40:25-31, 1 Peter 2:11-20, John 16:16-22
Hymns: LSB 487, 459, 483, 633, 475, 480, 477

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Misericordias Domini, The Third Sunday of Easter: Christ the Good Shepherd

Christ, the Good Shepherd
As a wolf attacks Him, Jesus explains to a crowd the different behaviors of the good shepherd and the hireling shepherd (illustrated in the background), based on John 10:11-16. From a book by Veit Dietrich summarizing the entire Bible (1562).

Lessons: Psalm 23, Ezekiel 34:11-16, 1 Peter 2:21-25, John 10:11-16
Hymns: LSB 709, 710, 459, 666, 692, 633, 740, 467, 864

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Quasimodogeniti, The Second Sunday of Easter

Jesus appears before Thomas
The resurrected Jesus appears to the disciples. Thomas, who had previously told the other disciples that he would not believe in the Resurrection unless he could touch Jesus’ wounds, now falls down before Jesus and confesses his belief, saying, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:19-31). From a book by Philipp Melanchthon, 1545.

Lessons: Ezekiel 37:1-14, 1 John 5:4-10, John 20:19-31
Hymns: LSB 614, 468, 470, 480, 548

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The Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord: Christ is Risen!

Lessons: Psalm 41:8-13, Isaiah 25:6-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Mark 16:1-8
Hymns: LSB 457, 488, 459, 458, 480, 461, 467, 464

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Good Friday: Be Gracious to Me

Christ Jesus is Crucified
Jesus is crucified to take away the sins of the world (John 19). From an early edition of Luther’s Small Catechism.

Lessons: Psalm 41, Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9, Luke 23:33-46, John 19:25-30, Matthew 27:45-46
Hymns: LSB 531, 451, 448, 440, 447

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Maundy Thursday: My Close Friend

The Crucifixion
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) dramatically shows that the blood Christ shed on the cross and its saving benefits are given us in the Sacrament of the Altar. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.

Lessons: Psalm 41, Exodus 12:1-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32, John 13:1-30
Hymns: LSB 596, 617, 445, 627

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Palmarum, the Sixth Sunday in Lent: Ride On to Die

The Triumphal Entry
Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey as the people throw their garments and branches on the road in front of Him (John 12:12-19). From a book by Veit Dietrich summarizing the entire Bible (1562).

Lessons: John 12;12-19, Zechariah 9:9-12, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 21:1-9
Hymns: LSB 443, 442, 422, 634, 450, 441

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Midweek Lent 5: Vindication

Lessons: Psalm 41, Jeremiah 9:12-16, 2 Timothy 3:1-9, Matthew 26:1-5
Hymns: LSB 452, 434, 451

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Judica, The Fifth Sunday in Lent: Remembering His Word

Jesus is teaching in the Temple.
Jesus is nearly stoned by the Pharisees in the Temple for blasphemy after faithfully proclaiming the Word of God (John 8:42-59). From a book publishing Martin Luther’s sermons, 1530.

Lessons: Genesis 22:1-14, Hebrews 9:11-15, John 8:46-59
Hymns: LSB 604, 440, 422, 597, 439, 420

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Midweek Lent 4: Empty Words

Lessons: Psalm 41, Psalm 52, James 3:1-10, Matthew 26:57-62
Hymns: LSB 430, 438, 431

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Laetare, The Fourth Sunday in Lent: Risky Faith?

The Feeding of the 5000
A boy provides Jesus and his disciples with five loaves of bread and two fish to feed the multitude of 5,000 (John 6:1-15). From a book publishing Martin Luther’s sermons, 1530.

Lessons: Isaiah 49:8-13, Galatians 4:21-31, John 6:1-15
Hymns: LSB 454, 743, 774, 625, 661

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    Midweek Lent 3: Soon and Never

    Lessons: Psalm 41, Deuteronomy 7:22-26, Revelation 19:11-16, John 12:20-30
    Hymns: LSB 427, 420, 423

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    Oculi, The Third Sunday in Lent: Blessed Are Those Who Hear the Word of God

    Exorcism of the Dumb Demoniac

    Lessons: Exodus 8:16-24, Ephesians 5:1-9, Luke 11:14-28
    Hymns: LSB 592, 659, 422, 571, 438, 714

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    Midweek Lent 2: I Have Sinned

    Lessons: Psalm 41, 2 Samuel 12:15-23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 1:29-32

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    Reminiscere, The Second Sunday in Lent: Diligent in Faith

    Jesus and the Canaanite Woman
    Jesus heals the demon-possessed daughter of a Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21-28). From a book by Veit Dietrich summarizing the entire Bible (1562).

    Lessons: Genesis 32:22-30, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7, Matthew 15:21-28
    Hymns: LSB 779, 615, 422, 575, 724, 438

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    Midweek Lent 1: Sustained In Sickness

    Lessons: Psalm 41, Passion History, Psalm 103:1-14, James 5:7-18, Matthew 8:14-17
    Hymns: LSB 424, 421, 433

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    Invocavit, The First Sunday in Lent: Original Sin

    The Temptation of Jesus
    Satan tempts Jesus on the pinnacle of the temple, on a mountain, and in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11). From Martin Luther’s Church Postils (sermons), published in 1550.

    Lessons: Genesis 3:1-21, 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Matthew 4:1-11
    Hymns: LSB 569, 656, 422, 438, 561, 716

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    Ash Wednesday: Mutual Considerations

    Lessons: Psalm 41, Joel 2:12-19, 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
    Hymns: LSB 610, 607, 628, 418, 915, 436

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    Quinquagesima: Going to Jerusalem

    Jesus Heals a Blind Man
    Jesus heals a blind beggar, from Luke 18:31-43. From a book publishing Martin Luther’s sermons, 1540.

    Lessons: Isaiah 35:3-7, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 18:31-43
    Hymns: LSB 573, 587, 758, 556, 417

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    Sexagesima: The Heart

    The Parable of the Sower
    In the left foreground, Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the sower. In the background, the sower casts seed, with some falling among the thorns, some falling on the road, some going to the birds, and some falling on the good ground, from Luke 8:4-15. From a book publishing Martin Luther’s sermons, 1530.

    Lessons: Isaiah 55:10-13, 2 Corinthians 11:19-12:9, Luke 8:4-15
    Hymns: LSB 589, 823, 578, 758, 923

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    Septuagesima: God is Gracious Even in Adversity

    Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
    As Jesus tells the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, the events of the parable take place, from Matt. 20:1-16. From a book publishing Martin Luther’s sermons, 1540.

    Lessons: Daniel 9:2-10, 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:5, Matthew 20:1-16
    Hymns: LSB 693, 566, 758, 555, 919

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    The Transfiguration of our Lord: The Glory of Christ our Savior

    Transfiguration of our Lord
    As Jesus is transfigured atop a mountain, Moses (left) and Elijah (right) appear while James, John, and Peter sit in amazement and fear, based on Matthew 17:1-9. From a 1702 German printing of the Holy Bible.

    Lessons: Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9
    Hymns: LSB 396, 413, 839, 395, 414

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