December 3rd, 2017

Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

Explanation of the Week

The new church year begins by focusing on the humble coming of our Lord. "Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey." Even as He was born in a lowly manger, so Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a beast of burden. For He bears the sin of the world. He is the Son of David riding to His enthronement on the cross, where He shows Himself to be "The Lord, our Righteousness" (Jer 23:5-8). Our Lord still comes in great humility to deliver His righteousness to us in the Word and Sacraments. Before receiving Christ's body and blood, we also sing, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Mt 21:1-9) And as we receive the Sacrament, we set our hearts on His return in glory, for "Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed" (Rom 13:11-14).


To You, O LORD, I lift | up my soul.*
     O my God, I trust in You; Let me not | be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph | over me.*
     Let no one who waits on You | be ashamed. (Psalm 25:1-3a)

Show me Your | ways, O LORD;*
     teach | me Your paths.
For You are the God of my sal- | vation;*
     on You I wait | all the day.
Let integrity and uprightness pre- | serve me,*
     for I | wait for You.
Redeem Isra- | el, O God,*
     out of all their | troubles. (Psalm 25:4-5, 21-22)

Collect (LSB)

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collect (TLH)

Stir up, we beseech Thee, Thy power, O Lord, and come, that by Thy protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Thy mighty deliverance; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Excita quaesumus Domine potentiam tuam, et veni, ut ab imminentibus peccatorum nostrorum periculis te mereamur protegente eripi, et te liberante saluari. Qui cum Patre et Spiritu sancto vivis et regnas DEUS, per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Jer. 23:5-8

5 “ Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD,
      “ That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
      A King shall reign and prosper,
      And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
       6 In His days Judah will be saved,
      And Israel will dwell safely;
      Now this is His name by which He will be called:
      THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.[a] 7 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 8 but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”

Footnotes:Jeremiah 23:6 Hebrew YHWH Tsidkenu

Old Testament: Jer. 33:14-18

14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:
       15 ‘ In those days and at that time
      I will cause to grow up to David
      A Branch of righteousness;
      He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
       16 In those days Judah will be saved,
      And Jerusalem will dwell safely.
      And this is the name by which she will be called:
      THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’[a] 17 “For thus says the LORD: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18 nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’”

Footnotes:Jeremiah 33:16 Compare 23:5, 6


Let no one who | waits on You*
     be a- /shamed, O Lord
Show me Your | ways, O LORD;
     teach | me Your paths. (Psalm 25:3-4)

Epistle: Rom. 13:11-14

Put on Christ

    11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.


Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
Show us Your | mercy, LORD,*
     and grant us Your salvation. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 85:7)

Gospel: Matt. 21:1-9

The Triumphal Entry

 1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage,[a] at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4 All[b] this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
       5 “ Tell the daughter of Zion,
      ‘ Behold, your King is coming to you,
      Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
      A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[c] 6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him[d] on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
      “ Hosanna to the Son of David!
      ‘ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’[e]
      Hosanna in the highest!”

Footnotes:Matthew 21:1 M-Text reads Bethsphage. Matthew 21:4 NU-Text omits All. Matthew 21:5 Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 21:7 NU-Text reads and He sat. Matthew 21:9 Psalm 118:26


To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Let no one who waits on You be ashamed. (Psalm 25)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 1

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

 1 Blessed is the man
         Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
         Nor stands in the path of sinners,
         Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
         And in His law he meditates day and night.
 3 He shall be like a tree
         Planted by the rivers of water,
         That brings forth its fruit in its season,
         Whose leaf also shall not wither;
         And whatever he does shall prosper.
 4 The ungodly are not so,
         But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
         Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
 6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
         But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

First Reading: Is. 9:8-10:11

The Punishment of Samaria

    8 The Lord sent a word against Jacob,
      And it has fallen on Israel.
       9 All the people will know—
      Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria—
      Who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
       10 “ The bricks have fallen down,
      But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
      The sycamores are cut down,
      But we will replace them with cedars.”
       11 Therefore the LORD shall set up
      The adversaries of Rezin against him,
      And spur his enemies on,
       12 The Syrians before and the Philistines behind;
      And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth.
      For all this His anger is not turned away,
      But His hand is stretched out still.
       13 For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them,
      Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
       14 Therefore the LORD will cut off head and tail from Israel,
      Palm branch and bulrush in one day.
       15 The elder and honorable, he is the head;
      The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
       16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err,
      And those who are led by them are destroyed.
       17 Therefore the Lord will have no joy in their young men,
      Nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows;
      For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer,
      And every mouth speaks folly.
      For all this His anger is not turned away,
      But His hand is stretched out still.
       18 For wickedness burns as the fire;
      It shall devour the briers and thorns,
      And kindle in the thickets of the forest;
      They shall mount up like rising smoke.
       19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts
      The land is burned up,
      And the people shall be as fuel for the fire;
      No man shall spare his brother.
       20 And he shall snatch on the right hand
      And be hungry;
      He shall devour on the left hand
      And not be satisfied;
      Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.
       21 Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh;
      Together they shall be against Judah.
      For all this His anger is not turned away,
      But His hand is stretched out still.

 1 “Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees,
      Who write misfortune,
      Which they have prescribed
       2 To rob the needy of justice,
      And to take what is right from the poor of My people,
      That widows may be their prey,
      And that they may rob the fatherless.
       3 What will you do in the day of punishment,
      And in the desolation which will come from afar?
      To whom will you flee for help?
      And where will you leave your glory?
       4 Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners,
      And they shall fall among the slain.”
      For all this His anger is not turned away,
      But His hand is stretched out still.

Arrogant Assyria Also Judged

    5 “ Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
      And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.
       6 I will send him against an ungodly nation,
      And against the people of My wrath
      I will give him charge,
      To seize the spoil, to take the prey,
      And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
       7 Yet he does not mean so,
      Nor does his heart think so;
      But it is in his heart to destroy,
      And cut off not a few nations.
       8 For he says,
      ‘ Are not my princes altogether kings?
       9 Is not Calno like Carchemish?
      Is not Hamath like Arpad?
      Is not Samaria like Damascus?
       10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols,
      Whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
       11 As I have done to Samaria and her idols,
      Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?’”

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 143

A Psalm of David.

 1 Hear my prayer, O LORD,
         Give ear to my supplications!
         In Your faithfulness answer me,
         And in Your righteousness.
 2 Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
         For in Your sight no one living is righteous.
 3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
         He has crushed my life to the ground;
         He has made me dwell in darkness,
         Like those who have long been dead.
 4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
         My heart within me is distressed.
 5 I remember the days of old;
         I meditate on all Your works;
         I muse on the work of Your hands.
 6 I spread out my hands to You;
         My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.  Selah  
 7 Answer me speedily, O LORD;
         My spirit fails!
         Do not hide Your face from me,
         Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
 8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
         For in You do I trust;
         Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
         For I lift up my soul to You.
 9 Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies;
         In You I take shelter.[a]
 10 Teach me to do Your will,
         For You are my God;
         Your Spirit is good.
         Lead me in the land of uprightness.
 11 Revive me, O LORD, for Your name’s sake!
         For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
 12 In Your mercy cut off my enemies,
         And destroy all those who afflict my soul;
         For I am Your servant.

Footnotes:Psalm 143:9 Septuagint and Vulgate read To You I flee.

Second Reading: 1 Pt. 5:1-14

Shepherd the Flock

 1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly,[a] not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

Submit to God, Resist the Devil

    5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
      “ God resists the proud,
      But gives grace to the humble.”[b]

 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[c] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[d] the God of all grace, who called us[e] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Farewell and Peace

    12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand. 13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Footnotes:1 Peter 5:2 NU-Text adds according to God. 1 Peter 5:5 Proverbs 3:34 1 Peter 5:8 NU-Text and M-Text omit because. 1 Peter 5:10 NU-Text reads But the God of all grace . . . will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:10 NU-Text and M-Text read you.


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