Judica—Fifth Sunday in Lent
29 March 2020
Jesus Is Our Redemption
In the temple Jesus said, “If anyone keeps my word, he will never see death” (St. John 8.51). For Jesus came to taste death for us—to drink the cup of suffering to the dregs in order that we might be released from its power. Clinging to His life-giving words, we are delivered from death’s sting and its eternal judgment. Christ is our High Priest, who entered the Most Holy Place and with His own blood obtained everlasting redemption for His people (Hebrews 9.11–15). He is the One who was before Abraham was, and yet is his descendant. He is the promised Son who carries the wood up the mountain for the sacrifice, who is bound and laid upon the altar of the cross. He is the ram who is offered in our place, who is willingly caught in the thicket of our sin, and who wears the crown of thorns upon His head (Genesis 22.1–14). Though Jesus is dishonored by the sons of the devil, He is vindicated by the Father through the cross.
Judica The Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday) takes its name “Judica” from the first word of the Introit in Latin, “Judge” (Psalm 43.1) (also translated Vindicate). Today begins Passiontide, the final two weeks of Lent. Crucifixes are veiled in violet to teach that, in suffering, Our Lord hides His glory. Also during Passiontide, the Gloria Patri “Glory be to the Father…” is omitted.
Adult Bible Class and Sunday School will recess until after Easter Sunday.
Coffee Break Bible Study meets Wednesday at 9am, after Matins is prayed at 8:30am. Studying the book of 1 Samuel, chapter 17, David and Goliath.
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Prepare for Next Sunday
St. Matthew 21.1–9; Zechariah 9.9–12; Philippians 2.5–11; St. Matthew 26.1—27.66
Hymns: 442 – 441 – 350 – 438 – 451 – 443
Order of Daily Prayer
L Make haste, O X God, to deliver me.
R Make haste to help me, O Lord.
(Omit Gloria Patri)
Psalm 143 (Omit Gloria Patri)
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. Mark 14.32-72; Jeremiah 2.1-19
[T] St. Mark 15.1-9; Hosea 13.9-14
[W] St. Mark 15.20-47; Zephaniah 3.1-8
[Th] St. John 12.1-19; Micah 3.9-12
[F] St. John 12.20-50; Isaiah 66.1-9
[S] St. John 13.16-38; Zechariah 9.1-17
Hymn of the Day or Month The Royal Banners Forward Go (LW 104, insert in bulletin)
Kyrie: L Lord, have mercy upon us; R Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.
Collect of the Day (bulletin)
Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer
L Bless we the Lord. R Thanks be to God.