Prepare for The Feast of the Holy Trinity (06/11)Pr. Christopher Gillespie
The Holy Trinity Reveals Himself to Sinners
When Isaiah beheld the glory of the Lord, he cried out “Woe is me!” For the sinner cannot stand in the presence of a holy God and live (Is. 6:1–7). But God the Father lifted up His Son Jesus for us on the cross, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. This eternal life of Christ is given us according to the Holy Spirit’s good pleasure in Baptism. “Unless one is born [again] of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). To sinners in fear of death, the messengers of God place on our lips the living body and blood of Christ and speak His words of absolution, “Your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for” (Is. 6:7). Having received forgiveness and life from the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit, we join with the angels in praising the blessed Trinity, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!” (Is. 6:3). “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:33–36).
Old Testament: Isaiah 6:1-7
Epistle: Rom. 11:33-36
Gospel: John 3:1-15
Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.
Blessed be the Holy | Trinity*
and the Undivided | Unity:
Let us give glo- | ry to Him*
For He has shown mercy | unto us. (Liturgical Text)
O | LORD, our Lord,*
How excellent is Your name in | all the earth,
You have set Your glory above the | heavens!*
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have or- | dained strength.
What is man that You are mind- | ful of him,*
and the son of man that You | visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the | angels,*
and You have crowned him with glory and | honor. (Psalm 8:1-5)
Blessed are You, O Lord, who be- / holds the deep,*
and who dwells between the / cherubim.
Blessed are You, O Lord, in the firmament of / heaven,*
and greatly to be praised for- / ever. (Song of the Three Children, 32–34)
Alle- / luia.*
Alle- / luia.
Blessed are You, O Lord God of our / Fathers,*
and greatly to be praised and glorified forever. Alle- / luia. (Song of the Three Children, 29)
Hymns for the Week:
|To Jordan came the Christ, our Lord||Christ, unser Herr||Video||Hymn Study|
|Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest||Komm, Gott Schopfer||Video|
|O blessed, holy Trinity||O heilige Dreifaltigkeit (Steht auf, ihr lieben Kinderlein)||Video|
|Holy, holy, holy!||Nicaea||Video||Hymn Study|
|I bind unto myself today||St. Patrick’s Breastplate||Video||Hymn Study|
|All Christians who have been baptized||Nun freut euch||Video|