Rogate—Sixth Sunday of Easter
17 May 2020
The Father Answers Our Prayers Because of Jesus
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you” (St. John 16.23). To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray as one who has been baptized. For it is in the water that He put His name upon you, claiming you as His own, making you a son of God with access to the Father. By His incarnation and crucifixion, our Lord Jesus broke through the barrier of sin which separated us from God, opening a portal to the Father. To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray with faith in Him as the one Mediator between God and men, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2.1–6). Like Moses in the wilderness, Jesus is our go-between and intercessor before the throne of heaven. He was lifted up for us on the cross that we might be saved and restored to fellowship with the Father (Numbers 21.4–9). Looking into this perfect teaching of liberty (James 1.22–27) we pray with boldness and confidence as dear children of God.
Rogate comes from the Latin rogare which means “to ask,” a reference to the strong theme of prayer in today’s Propers. In ancient practice, the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday prior to the Ascension of Our Lord were known as Rogation Days. These days of early summer were times of prayer for the protection of the crops. The Major Rogation was on April 25, also the Feast of St. Mark. The rite used in the ancient church was derived from the litanies of St. Mamertus of Vienne (d. 470), when that region (then called Gaul) was threatened by volcanic activity. The Introit for Rogate, “With the voice of singing declare ye, and tell this: utter it even to the end of the earth…” is from Isaiah 48.20, a joyful proclamation of the freedom of Israel from the Babylonian captivity, and of God’s gracious deliverance of His people. The Gospel for Rogate, like those for the preceding two Sundays, points to the Ascension, directing the eyes of the faithful to our risen Lord’s eternal reign in heaven.
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Ascension Day Divine Service will be Thursday at 7pm.
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Prepare for Ascension Day (Thursday, 7pm)
2 Kings 2.5-15; Acts 1.1-11; St. Mark 16.14-20
Hymns: 495 – 493 – 494 – 564 – 491 – 525 – 492
Prepare for Next Sunday
Ezekiel 36.22–28; 1 Peter 4.7–14; St. John 15.26—16.4
Hymns: TLH 211 – TLH 267 – 482 – 622 – 494 – 492
Order of Daily Prayer
L Make haste, O X God, to deliver me.
R Make haste to help me, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia!
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. John 10.1-5; Amos 9.1-15
[T] St. John 10.6-10; Isaiah 4.1-6
[W] St. Matthew 28.16-20; Isaiah 29.1-24
[Th]Ascension Day: St. Mark 16.14-20; Acts 1.1-11
[F] St. Luke 24.50-53; Micah 7.1-13
[S] Acts 1.12-26; Micah 7.14-20
Hymn of the Day or Month Our Father, Who from Heaven Above (766)
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.