August 15, 2022     7:40 am
106. Week of Third Sunday in Lent - Sunday
His sweat was mingled with blood
          He has made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.   2 Corinthians 5:21
          Now they came to Gethsemane, a garden where olive trees were grown. It was at the foot of the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem. Upon arriving at the gate, Jesus said to His disciples: "Sit here while I go and pray yonder." And He took with Him Peter, and John and James, the two sons of Zebedee. And He began to be sorrowful and greatly overwhelmed and sorely troubled. And He said: "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even to death." And He begged the three disciples: "Stay here and watch with Me."- Oh, what is that? Why did the Fount of Joy sorrow? Why was the powerful Lord overwhelmed? Why was He troubled, He who had entered the deadly fray so willingly, so exultantly confident of victory? Why did the sorrow of death, of eternal death, come over Him? Why did the Comforter now seek comfort and support with His poor disciples? - The hour was now at hand that the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world was actually and truly sacrificed. Now He who knew no sin was made sin for us. Now God poured out on Him all the wrath and curse which the world had incurred. Now God withheld from Him all consolation. Now Satan attacked Him. Now the Saviour was in His deepest humiliation. Can you comprehend this? No? But so it was. So it was in truth and reality. But rejoice and thank God! For God has made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him, and be rid of wrath and curse, of death and damnation, and be glad and rejoice, be of good cheer and exult, and be blessed forever. Avail yourself of Christ's suffering, O Christian, in firm faith.
          PRAYER: - My sin, my curse, my condemnation, my sorrowing and trembling, yes, my eternal grief, You, O my Lord, took upon Yourself. Therefore I rejoice and heartily give thanks to You. Indeed, I am now righteous before God in You; God loves and blesses me for Your sake; God grants me comfort and joy and eternal blessedness. O my Lord and Saviour, grant me Your Holy Spirit, that I may grasp and take and keep what God so graciously gives me for Your sake. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:40 am