August 9, 2022     2:40 pm
119. Week of Forth Sunday in Lent - Saturday
His blood be on us and on our children
          His blood be on us and on our children!   Mathew 27:25
          Pilate, indeed, sought to release Jesus. But the Jews finally cried out: "If you let this man go, you are not Caesar's friend: whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar." When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement; in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was the Preparation of the Passover, the day before the great Passover-Sabbath, a little past six o'clock in the morning. And Pilate said to the Jews: "Behold your King!" But they cried out: "Away with Him, away with Him; crucify Him." Pilate said to them: "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered: "We have no king but Caesar." But when Pilate saw that they took no notice of him, but that rather he was upsetting them, willing to please the people, he gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying: "I am innocent of the blood of this just person; you see to it." Then all the people answered and said: "His blood be on us and on our children!" Then, as they desired, he released Barabbas to them, who for sedition and murder had been cast into prison; but Jesus, scourged and mocked, he delivered to their will to be crucified.
          A terrible thing to say: "His blood be on us and on our children!" It has come upon them. The days of God's vengeance did come. Jerusalem was destroyed, the Jews were dispersed among all nations, and they have ceased to be God's people, and bear upon their very countenances the mark of God's truth and earnestness. But faith gives a new interpretation to the blasphemy of the Jews and says: Yes, Lord Jesus, Your blood, the blood of atonement, be on us, and on our children! And God says Amen.
          PRAYER: - I thank You, my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, that by Your blood and death You have made amends for the sin of the world and also for mine, and that You have brought about a full reconciliation with God, and thus presented all the world as righteous and good in the sight of God. I pray You, true man and God, my Lord and Saviour, kindle true faith within me to the end that I may appropriate to myself Your blood and death, and thus be saved.- I, a poor sinner. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:40 pm