Friday, 30 March 2012

This Is Very Neat: The Lutheran Lectionary Project

This is very neat: the Lutheran Lectionary Project (click on post title to view). This resource puts the Propers of the historic, one-year Lutheran lectionary in easily accessible format. While my congregations, like most in the LCA, follow the Revised Common Lectionary, this is still a useful resource to have as it is a veritable treasure trove of prayers and Biblical resources. And there are the odd occasions when I will revert to the historic Lutheran lectionary - for example, Palm Sunday, which the RCL makes a terrible hash of, perpetuating a 9th C. decision of the Roman church to split the Propers of the day between Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. The Eastern Orthodox, to their credit, have always maintained The Triumphal Entry as one of their 12 major feasts, an ancient practice the Lutheran Church reprised in the West when it developed its own lectionaries. It's disappointing, then, that we gave up this Sunday with the adoption of the RCL, relegating the rich themes of the triumphal entry to a procession around the church or even a pre-service gathering in the hall!

I'll likely post some more on Palm Sunday on the day; here, in the meantime, are the Propers for Palm Sunday from the Lutheran one year lectionary, courtesy the Lutheran Lectionary Project (please consider supporting them via their site):

Palmarum (Palm Sunday)


Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers 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.


But You, O LORD, do not be | far from Me;*
O My Strength, hasten to | help Me!
Save Me from the | lion's mouth*
and from the horns of the wild | oxen! (Psalm 22:19, 21)

My God, My God, why have You for- | saken Me?*
Why are You so far from | helping Me.
All those who see Me ridi- | cule Me;*
they shoot out the lip, they | shake the head.
They say "He trusted in the LORD, let Him | rescue Him;*
let Him deliver Him, since He de- | lights in Him!"
Be not far from Me, for trou- | ble is near;*
for there is | none to help. (Psalm 22:1, 7-8, 11)
(The Gloria Patri is omitted)

Old Testament: Zech. 9:9-12

The Coming King of Zion

9(A) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!(B) Behold,(C) your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,(D) humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10(E) I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and(F) the war horse from Jerusalem;and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and(G) he shall speak peace to the nations;(H) his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from(I) the River to the ends of the earth. 11As for you also, because of(J) the blood of my covenant with you,
(K) I will set your prisoners free from(L) the waterless pit. 12Return to your stronghold, O(M) prisoners of hope;
today I declare that(N) I will restore to you double.

Cross references:Zechariah 9:9 : Zeph 3:14 Zechariah 9:9 : Cited Matt 21:5; John 12:15 Zechariah 9:9 : Jer 23:5 Zechariah 9:9 : Matt 11:29 Zechariah 9:10 : Hos 1:7 Zechariah 9:10 : Mic 5:10 Zechariah 9:10 : Mic 5:5 Zechariah 9:10 : Psalm 72:8 Zechariah 9:10 : Exodus 23:31 Zechariah 9:11 : Exodus 24:8 Zechariah 9:11 : Isa 42:7; 51:14; 61:1 Zechariah 9:11 : Gen 37:24; Jer 38:6 Zechariah 9:12 : Jer 31:17 Zechariah 9:12 : Isa 61:7


You hold me by my | right hand.*
You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to | glory.
Truly God is good to | Israel, *
to such as are | pure in heart. (Psalm 73:23–24, 1)

Epistle: Phil. 2:5-11

5(A) Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6(B) who, though he was in(C) the form of God, did not count equality with God(D) a thing to be grasped, 7but(E) made himself nothing, taking the form of a(F) servant,[b](G) being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by(H) becoming obedient to the point of death,(I) even death on a cross. 9(J) Therefore(K) God has(L) highly exalted him and bestowed on him(M) the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus(N) every knee should bow,(O) in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and(P) every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is(Q) Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Footnotes:Philippians 2:5 Or which was also in Christ Jesus Philippians 2:7 Greek bondservant
Cross references:Philippians 2:5 : Rom 15:3; Matt 11:29 Philippians 2:6 : John 1:1 Philippians 2:6 : 2 Cor 4:4 Philippians 2:6 : John 5:18; 10:33; John 14:28 Philippians 2:7 : 2 Cor 8:9; 13:4; Mark 9:12 Philippians 2:7 : Isa 42:1; Matt 20:28 Philippians 2:7 : Rom 8:3; Gal 4:4; John 1:14 Philippians 2:8 : Heb 5:8; Matt 26:39; John 10:18; Rom 5:19 Philippians 2:8 : Heb 12:2 Philippians 2:9 : John 10:17; Isa 52:13; 53:12; Heb 2:9 Philippians 2:9 : Matt 28:18 Philippians 2:9 : Acts 2:33 Philippians 2:9 : Eph 1:21; Heb 1:4; Acts 5:41 Philippians 2:10 : Isa 45:23; Rom 14:11 Philippians 2:10 : Rev 5:3, 13; Eph 1:10 Philippians 2:11 : Rom 10:9; 1 Cor 12:3 Philippians 2:11 : Rom 14:9; John 13:13


My | God, My God,*
Why have You for- | saken Me?
Why are You so far from | helping Me,*
and from the words of My | groaning?
Our fathers trust- | ed in You;*
they trusted, and You de- | livered them.
They cried to You, and were de- | livered;*
they trusted in You, and were | not ashamed. (Psalm 22:1, 4, 5)

Gospel: Matt. 21:1-9

The Triumphal Entry

1(A) Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to(B) the Mount of Olives, then Jesus(C) sent two disciples, 2saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." 4This took place(D) to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5(E) "Say to the daughter of Zion,'Behold, your king is coming to you,
(F) humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and[a] on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'"

6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8Most of the crowd(G) spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting,(H) "Hosanna to(I) the Son of David!(J) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna(K) in the highest!"

Footnotes:Matthew 21:5 Or even
Cross references:Matthew 21:1 : For Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-38; John 12:12-15 Matthew 21:1 : Matthew 24:3; 26:30; Zech 14:4; John 8:1; Acts 1:12 Matthew 21:1 : Mark 14:13 Matthew 21:4 : Matthew 1:22 Matthew 21:5 : Zech 9:9; Isa 62:11 Matthew 21:5 : Matthew 11:29 Matthew 21:8 : 2 Kgs 9:13 Matthew 21:9 : Rev 7:10; Psalm 118:25 (Heb) Matthew 21:9 : Matthew 20:30 Matthew 21:9 : Matthew 23:39; Psalm 118:26 Matthew 21:9 : Luke 2:14; Psalm 148:1

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