March 17th, 2019

Reminiscere (Lent 2)


Explanation of the Week

Jacob wrestled with God; he would not let Him go until he received a blessing from Him. (Gen 32:22-32) So it was with the Canaanite woman. Though Jesus seemed to ignore and reject her, yet she continued to call upon His name and look to Him for help. (Mt 15:21-28) Even when the Lord called her a little dog, she held on to Him in faith and would not let Him wriggle out of His words: "Yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." This Gentile woman shows herself to be a true Israelite, who struggles with God and man in Christ and prevails. "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." This is the sanctifying will of God, (1 Thess 4:1-7) to test your faith in order that it may be refined and strengthened. For tribulation produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope in Christ does not disappoint. (Rom 5:1-5)

Introit

Antiphon:
Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving- | kindnesses,*
     for they are | from of old.
Let not my enemies triumph | over me.*
     Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their | troubles! (Psalm 25:6, 2)

Psalm:
To You, O LORD, I lift | up my soul.*
     O my God, I trust in You; let me not | be ashamed;
do not remember the sins | of my youth;*
     according to Your mercy remember me for Your | goodness' sake.
Good and upright | is the LORD;*
     therefore He teaches sinners | in the way.
For Your name's | sake, O LORD,*
     pardon my iniquity, for | it is great. (Psalm 25:1-2, 7-8, 11)

Collect (LSB)

O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

O God, who seest that of ourselves we have no strength, keep us both outwardly and inwardly that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to body and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Deus qui conspicis omni nos virtute destitui, interius exteriusque custodi, ut ab omnibus adversitatibus muniamur in corpore, et a pravis cogitationibus mundemur in mente. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Gen. 32:22-32


 22And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

 23And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

 24And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

 25And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

 26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

 27And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

 28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

 29And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

 30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

 31And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.

 32Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.



Old Testament: Isaiah 45:20-25


 20Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.

 21Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

 22Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

 23I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

 24Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

 25In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.



Gradual

The troubles of my heart | have enlarged;*
     bring me out of my dis- | tresses!
Look on my affliction | and my pain,*
     and forgive | all my sins. (Psalm 25:17–18)

Epistle: 1 Thess. 4:1-7


 1Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

 2For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

 3For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

 4That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

 5Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

 6That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

 7For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.



Verse

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for | He is good!*
     For His mercy endures for- | ever.
Who can utter the mighty acts | of the LORD?*
     Who can declare | all His praise?
Blessed are those who keep | justice,*
     and he who does righteousness at | all times!
Remember me, O LORD, with the favor You have toward Your | people;*
     oh, visit me with Your sal- | vation. (Psalm 106:1–4)

Gospel: Matt. 15:21-28


 21Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

 22And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

 23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

 24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

 25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

 26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

 27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

 28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.



Offertory

And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, Which I love. (Psalm 119)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 130


 1Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.

 2Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

 3If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

 4But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

 5I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

 6My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

 7Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

 8And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.



First Reading: Gen. 16:1-9; Gen. 15-17:22


 1Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

 2And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

 3And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

 4And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

 5And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.

 6But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

 7And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

 8And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

 9And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.





 1After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

 2And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

 3And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

 4And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

 5And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

 6And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

 7And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

 8And he said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

 9And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

 10And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

 11And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

 12And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

 13And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

 14And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

 15And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

 16But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

 17And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

 18In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

 19The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

 20And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

 21And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

 1Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

 2And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

 3And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

 4And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

 5And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.

 6But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

 7And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

 8And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

 9And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

 10And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

 11And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.

 12And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

 13And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

 14Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

 15And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

 16And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

 1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

 2And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

 3And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

 4As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

 5Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

 6And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

 7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

 8And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

 9And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

 10This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

 11And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

 12And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

 13He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

 14And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

 15And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

 16And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

 17Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

 18And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

 19And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

 20And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

 21But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

 22And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 25


 1Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

 2O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

 3Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

 4Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

 5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

 6Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

 7Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.

 8Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

 9The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

 10All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

 11For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

 12What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

 13His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

 14The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

 15Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

 16Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

 17The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

 18Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

 19Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

 20O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

 21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

 22Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.



Second Reading: Mk. 6:1-13


 1And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.

 2And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

 4But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

 5And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

 6And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

 7And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

 8And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:

 9But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.

 10And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.

 11And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

 12And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

 13And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.



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