The Annunciation and Passion of our Lord

The Annunciation and Passion of our Lord

Liturgy and Life, Prayer
This year the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord falls on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. While the celebration of the Annunciation is then moved to two weeks after Easter, the conjunction of the two is not lacking significance. The Annunciation, found in the first chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel, remembers the visit of the Holy Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Angel Gabriel spoke to her the Word of God, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” As God said so it was, at that moment our Lord was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary. At that moment the Word became flesh. At that moment God the Son took on…
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Increasing Happiness in Their Blessing

Increasing Happiness in Their Blessing

Liturgy and Life, Prayer
For thousands of years the Church has been praying the Litany, especially during the Holy Season of Lent. The Blessed Martin Luther wanted to ensure that the Church continue this pious practice and therefore published Latin and German editions of the Great Litany in 1529 and commended to us the use of the these prayers. Due to Luther's work, we are blessed to have the Litany in our hymnals today. It can be found on page 110 of the Lutheran Hymnal and on page 288 of the Lutheran Service Book. In the Litany we pray for all aspects of human life. Yet in one petition we pray specifically for the most vulnerable in this world: "To grant all women with child, and all mothers with infant children, increasing happiness in…
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