Feasts and Commemorations

“Our churches teach that the remembrance of the saints is to be commended in order that we may imitate their faith and good works according to our calling.” (Augsburg Confession 21)

The Lutheran reformers understood that there was great benefit in remembering the saints whom God has given to His Church. The Apology of the Augsburg Confession (Article 21) gives three reasons for such honor. First, we thank God for giving faithful servants to His Church. Second, through such remembrance our faith is strengthened as we see the mercy that God extended to His saints of old. Third, these saints are examples by which we may imitate both their faith and their holy living according to our calling in life.

Their defense of the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith and/or their virtuous living have caused these individuals to stand out over time as persons worthy of recognition. In every case, the purpose of our remembrance is not that we honor these saints for their own sake, but as examples of those in whom the saving work of Jesus Christ has been made manifest to the glory of His holy name and to the praise of His grace and mercy.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. ” (Hebrews 12:1)

Annunciation of our Lord (Mar 25)

Isaiah 7:10–14
Psalm 45:7–17 (antiphon: v. 6)
Hebrews 10:4–10
Luke 1:26–38

O Lord, as we have known the incarnation of Your Son Jesus Christ by the message of the angel to the Virgin Mary, so by the message of His cross and passion bring us to the glory of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.…


St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus (Mar 19)

2 Samuel 7:4–16
Psalm 127 (antiphon: v. 1a)
Romans 4:13–18
Matthew 2:13–15, 19–23

Almighty God, from the house of Your servant David You raised up Joseph to be the guardian of Your incarnate Son and the husband of His mother, Mary. Grant us grace to follow the example of this faithful workman in heeding Your counsel and obeying Your commands; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.…


Patrick, Missionary to Ireland (Mar 17)

Patrick is one of the best-known of the missionary saints. Born to a Christian family in Britain around the year 389, he was captured as a teenager by raiders, taken to Ireland, and forced to serve as a herdsman. After six years he escaped and found his way to a monastery community in France. Ordained a bishop in 432, he made his way back to Ireland, where he spent the rest of his long life spreading the Gospel and organizing Christian communities.…


Perpetua and Felicitas, Martyrs (Mar 07)

At the beginning of the third century, the Roman emperor Septimus Severus forbade conversions to Christianity. Among those disobeying that edict were Perpetua, a young noblewoman, and her maidservant Felicitas. Both were jailed at Carthage in North Africa along with three fellow Christians. During their imprisonment, Perpetua and Felicitas witnessed to their faith with such conviction that the officer in charge became a follower of Jesus. After making arrangements for the well-being of their children, Perpetua and Felicitas were executed on March 7, 203.…


Prepare for Lent with this Confessional Mirror

Emmanuel Press offers a free download of the Beichtspiegel (confession mirror) as published in The Brotherhood Prayer Book. A Beichtspiegel is a tool used for reflection and self-examination in preparation for private confession and absolution or for the Divine Service.

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The season of Lent is a particular time of repentance for Christians. Ash Wednesday represents the beginning of a forty-day journey into the wilderness that ends with Jesus leading us into the promised land of heaven by His perfect death and sacrifice.…


St. Matthias, Apostle (Feb 24)

Isaiah 66:1–2

Psalm 134 (antiphon: Ps. 133:1)

Acts 1:15–26

Matthew 11:25–30

Almighty God, You chose Your servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve. Grant that Your Church, ever preserved from false teachers, may be taught and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.…