April 29th, 2018

Cantate (Easter 5)


Collect

O God, who makest the minds of the faithful to be of one will, grant unto Thy people that they may love what Thou commandest and desire what Thou dost promise, that among the manifold changes of this world our hearts may there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collect (LSB)

O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Deus qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis id amare quod praecipis, id desiderare quod promittis, ut inter mundanas varietates, ibi nostra fixa sint corda, ubi vera sunt gaudia. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Explanation of the Week

Though Jesus has departed from us visibly to the right hand of the Father who sent Him, yet this is to our advantage. For Jesus-who is Lord over all creation, who intercedes for us before the Father, who is preparing a place for us in heaven-has sent the Helper, the Spirit of Truth. (Jn 16:5-15) "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights" through Christ. (James 1:16-21) The Holy Spirit helps us by taking of what is Christ's and declaring it to us. In the Word of truth the Spirit works repentance and delivers to us the forgiveness of sins, the righteousness of Christ, and victory over the devil. For the ruler of this world is judged and defeated by the cross. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit we have been brought forth to new life in Him who is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Confident of our resurrection with Christ we confess, "Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid." (Is 12:1-6)

Introit

Antiphon:
Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Alle- | luia!*
     His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. Alle- | luia (Psalm 98:1-2)

Psalm:
His right hand and His | holy arm*
     have gained Him the | victory.
He has remembered His | mercy*
     and His faithfulness to the house of | Israel.
All the ends | of the earth*
     have seen the salvation | of our God.
Shout joyfully to the LORD, | all the earth;*
     break forth in song, rejoice, and sing | praises. (Psalm 98:1, 3-4)

Offertory

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul, Alleluia. (Psalm 66)

Verse

Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
The right hand of the LORD is | exalted;*
     the right hand of the LORD does valiantly. Alle- | luia.
Christ, having been raised from the dead, | dies no more.*
     Death no longer has dominion over Him. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 118:16, Romans 6:9)

Old Testament: Isaiah 12:1-6


A Hymn of Praise

 1 And in that day you will say:
      “ O LORD, I will praise You;
      Though You were angry with me,
      Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
       2 Behold, God is my salvation,
      I will trust and not be afraid;
      ‘ For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song;
      He also has become my salvation.’”[a]
       3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
      From the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day you will say:
      “ Praise the LORD, call upon His name;
      Declare His deeds among the peoples,
      Make mention that His name is exalted.
       5 Sing to the LORD,
      For He has done excellent things;
      This is known in all the earth.
       6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
      For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

Footnotes:Isaiah 12:2 Exodus 15:2


Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 12:1-6


A Hymn of Praise

 1 And in that day you will say:
      “ O LORD, I will praise You;
      Though You were angry with me,
      Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
       2 Behold, God is my salvation,
      I will trust and not be afraid;
      ‘ For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song;
      He also has become my salvation.’”[a]
       3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
      From the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day you will say:
      “ Praise the LORD, call upon His name;
      Declare His deeds among the peoples,
      Make mention that His name is exalted.
       5 Sing to the LORD,
      For He has done excellent things;
      This is known in all the earth.
       6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
      For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

Footnotes:Isaiah 12:2 Exodus 15:2


Epistle: Jas. 1:16-21


16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Qualities Needed in Trials

    19 So then,[a] my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Doers—Not Hearers Only

    21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

Footnotes:James 1:19 NU-Text reads Know this or This you know.


Gospel: John 16:5-15


The Work of the Holy Spirit

    5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.[a]

Footnotes:John 16:15 NU-Text and M-Text read He takes of Mine and will declare it to you.


Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 82


A Psalm of Asaph.

 1 God stands in the congregation of the mighty;
         He judges among the gods.[a]
 2 How long will you judge unjustly,
         And show partiality to the wicked?  Selah  
 3 Defend the poor and fatherless;
         Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
 4 Deliver the poor and needy;
         Free them from the hand of the wicked.
         
 5 They do not know, nor do they understand;
         They walk about in darkness;
         All the foundations of the earth are unstable.
         
 6 I said, “You are gods,[b]
         And all of you are children of the Most High.
 7 But you shall die like men,
         And fall like one of the princes.”
         
 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth;
         For You shall inherit all nations.

Footnotes:Psalm 82:1 Hebrew elohim, mighty ones; that is, the judges Psalm 82:6 Hebrew elohim, mighty ones; that is, the judges


Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 126


A Song of Ascents.

 1 When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,
         We were like those who dream.
 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
         And our tongue with singing.
         Then they said among the nations,
         “The LORD has done great things for them.”
 3 The LORD has done great things for us,
         And we are glad.
         
 4 Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
         As the streams in the South.
         
 5 Those who sow in tears
         Shall reap in joy.
 6 He who continually goes forth weeping,
         Bearing seed for sowing,
         Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
         Bringing his sheaves with him.



First Reading: Lev. 20:1-16; Lev. 20:22-27



Second Reading: Lk. 11:37-54


Woe to the Pharisees and Lawyers

    37 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat. 38 When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner. 39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. 40 Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you. 42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites![a] For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.45 Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, “Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.” 46 And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs. 49 Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’ 50 that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation. 52 “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” 53 And as He said these things to them,[b] the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, 54 lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.[c]

Footnotes:Luke 11:44 NU-Text omits scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. Luke 11:53 NU-Text reads And when He left there. Luke 11:54 NU-Text omits and seeking and that they might accuse Him.


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