Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pentecost - Luke 21:20-38 and Hymnody

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Apparently I was not the only one to see a beautiful connection between today's Feast and the readings assigned in TDP - so did the Hymnody editor (I assume that was Rev. Henry Gerike), as we sing from the Pentecost hymn "Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord" for the Spirit to impart strength to our weakness as He prepares each heart.

O Christ, once we were a people whose hearts were weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the cares of this life.  We were doomed for the Day of Judgment to spring upon us like a trap.  But on this day in the Church we remember how You work to prepare us for that Day as You send forth Your Spirit - not only into the hearts of your preachers, but also into the hearts of Your hearers through Holy Baptism for the forgiveness of their sins.  We praise you for repeating in our lives this great miracle of faith, and now pray for our enemies and all who do not believe in You, so that they with us would "have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36)
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