Archive for April 11th, 2017

Almighty and everlasting God, grant us by Your grace so to pass through this holy time of our Lord’s passion that we may obtain the forgiveness of our sins;  through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings:  Isaiah 49: 1-7  Psalm 71: 1-14  1 Corinthians 1: 18-31  St. John 12: 23-50

What, then has Christ acquired with His suffering?  …that through Christ’s wounds we were made whole. Therefore, St. Bernard correctly states that Christ’s suffering is of the greatest consequence;  for just as the death of the saint is precious to the Lord, Psalm 116, how much more will not the death of this most holy, innocent Son of God be precious to Him.  This element must threaded through the entire passion history, for the kernel and beneficial contemplation of the passion is embodied in it.  Thus Christ’s soul was grieved unto death so that we might rejoice forever.  Christ sweated bloody sweat and struggled in the throes of death so that we need never despair in the agony of death.  Christ was led to captivity so that we would not have to eternally captive to the devil. Christ was bound so that He could rescue us from the bonds of sin and hell… (from An Explanation of the History of the Suffering and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ by Rev. Prof. Johann Gerhard)

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