August 15, 2022     8:33 am
193. Week of Trinity Sunday - Wednesday
Build up yourselves upon your most holy faith
          Building up yourselves upon your most holy faith.   Jude 20
          The First Article of the holy Christian Creed reads thus: "I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth." But woe is me! What a gulf yawns between me and God! I am a sinner, a lost and damned sinner! God is the Father of His only-begotten Son, but not my Father! - The Second Article reads thus: "And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead." Jesus Christ, the only Son of the Father has bridged the chasm. Blessed be His name! He has reconciled me and all the world with God, has conquered hell, and opened heaven. Only he that rejects Him shall be judged. He that believes in Him shall be saved. Praise God! - The Third Article reads thus: "I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen." The Holy Spirit, eternal God with the Father and the Son, has through the Gospel brought me, dead in sin, to faith in Christ and to the blessed communion, the blessed multitude of those who are sanctified through the blood of Christ. There I daily have forgiveness of sins, and with the entire multitude of believers I shall rise from the dead and live forever. This is most certainly true. This is the holy Christian faith. Upon this faith we want to build ourselves up. Then with new lips we, every one of us, will be able to say: "I believe in God the Father Almighty Maker of heaven and earth." In Jesus' name, through the gracious working of the Holy Spirit, we believe with a confidence that is invincible that the almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is also our Father. Thus Christ said after He had finished the work of redemption: "I ascend to My Father and your Father." (John 20:17).
          PRAYER: - Praise, glory, blessing, and thanks be to You, Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ that You so mercifully took compassion on us, and did not spare Your own Son, but delivered Him up for us all. Praise, glory, blessing, and thanks be also to You Lord Jesus Christ, eternal Son of the Father, that with Your blood You fully redeemed us and reconciled us to God. And praise, glory, blessing, and thanks be to You, God the Holy Spirit, that You adorned Your Christendom with faith and made them a family of God's beloved children. Triune God, bestow upon me, too the greatness of Your mercy in time and eternity. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     8:33 am