Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle 8/24/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, August 24, is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle.  This post is devoted to one of the many Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

Saint Bartholomew (or Nathanael, as he is called in Saint John’s Gospel) was one of the first of Jesus’ twelve disciples.  His home was in the town of Cana, in Galilee (John 21:2), where Jesus performed His first miracle.  He was invited to “come and see” by Philip, who told him that they had found the Messiah in the person of Jesus of Nazareth (John 1:45-46).  Bartholomew’s initial hesitation to believe, because of Jesus’ Nazareth background, was quickly replaced by a clear, unequivocal declaration of faith, “You are the Son of God!  You are the King of Israel!” (John 1:49).  He was present with the other disciples (John 21:1-13) when they were privileged to see and converse and eat with their risen Lord and Savior.  According to some Early Church Fathers, Bartholomew brought the Gospel to Armenia, where he was martyred by being flayed alive. 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.  But I am among you as the one who serves.  Alleluia.”  It is from Luke 22:26b, 27d.

Old Testament    Proverbs 3:1-8

Psalm                    Psalm 121 (antiphon v. 8)

Epistle                  2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Gospel                  John 1:43-51 or Luke 22:24-30

The hymn appointed for this day is “God Has Spoken by His Prophets” as found on page 583 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen to the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FfeNbS9UjI

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, chose Bartholomew to be an apostle to preach the blessed Gospel.  Grant that Your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Adapted from Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, 654.

Pastor’s Post Remarks – Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew – Jusepe de Ribera c. 1634.

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene 7/22/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, July 22, is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene.  This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today. 

“Whenever the New Testament Gospels name the women who were with Jesus, Saint Mary Magdalene is listed first (John 19:25 is the only exception), perhaps because she was the first to see the risen Savior alive.  Luke 8:2 reports that Jesus had cured her of being possessed by seven demons.  Through the centuries, she has often been identified with the repentant ‘woman of the city’ who anointed Jesus’ feet as He sat at the table in the Pharisee’s home (Luke 7:36-50).  But there is no biblical basis for the identification of her with the penitent prostitute.  Nor is she to be identified as Mary, the sister of Martha, in Bethany.  According to the Gospels, Mary Magdalene saw Jesus die; she witnessed His burial; and, most important, she was the first to see Him alive again after His resurrection (John 20:11-18).  It is for good reason that Bernard of Clairvaux calls her ‘the apostle to the apostles.’” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord.’  Alleluia.”  It is from John 20:18.  The focus for your devotion this day is that the resurrection of Jesus our Lord was first witnessed by Saint Mary Magdalene and then by more than five hundred brothers and sisters and that they proceeded to proclaim that Good News to others.

Old Testament:         Proverbs 31:10-31

Psalm:                        Psalm 73:23-28 (antiphon: 73:1)

Second Reading:      Acts 13:26-31

Holy Gospel:             John 20:1-2, 10-18

The hymn appointed for this day is “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds” as found on page 465 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may hear the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpArZ_eAMqM

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, restored Mary Magdalene to health and called her to be the first witness of His resurrection.  Heal us from all our infirmities, and call us to know You in the power of Your Son’s unending life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 549.

Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov c. 1835

Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul 6/29/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, June 29, is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles.  While the Christian church today recognizes that they may not have died on the same day, both Peter and Paul were imprisoned (Acts 12:1-11), both wrote Scripture (2 Peter 3:15-16), both opposed the world – and sometimes each other (Galatians 2:11-16) – but all that the truth of the Gospel might be preserved for us (Galatians 2:5).

This post is just one of many devoted to the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are largely neglected today unless it falls on a Sunday.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this day.

“The festival of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is probably the oldest of the saints’ observances (dating from about the middle of the third century).  An early tradition held that these two pillars of the New Testament Church were martyred on the same day in Rome during the persecution under Nero.  In addition to this joint commemoration of their deaths, both apostles are commemorated separately: Peter on January 18 for his confession of Jesus as the Christ (Matthew 16:13-16) and Paul on January 25 for his conversion (Acts 9:1-19).

“The New Testament tells us much about both apostles.  Peter was with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry and served as a leader among the disciples.  Despite his steadfast faith, Scripture also records some of his failures, such as his rebuke of Jesus (Matthew 16:21-23) and his threefold denial of his Lord (Matthew 26:69-75).  Following Jesus’ ascension, Peter continued as a leader in the Church (Acts 1:15; 2:14; 15:7).

“Paul, a devout Jew also known as Saul, entered the scene as a persecutor of the Church.  Following his miraculous conversion, in which the risen Christ Himself appeared to him, Paul became a powerful preacher of the grace of God.  During his three missionary journeys (Acts 13–14; 16–18; 18–21), Paul traveled throughout modern-day Turkey and Greece.  The New Testament account of his life ends with Paul under house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:16), though tradition holds that he went on to Spain before returning to Rome.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  Alleluia.”  It is from Matthew 16:18b.  The focus for your devotion this day is that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).

First Reading:           Acts 15:1-21

Psalm:                        Psalm 46 (antiphon v. 11)

Epistle:                      Galatians 2:1-10

Holy Gospel:             Matthew 16:13-19

The hymn appointed for this day is “Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s Head” as found on page 647 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may hear the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6OU-4swg44

Collect of the Day:

Merciful and eternal God, Your holy apostles Peter and Paul received grace and strength to lay down their lives for the sake of Your Son.  Strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit that we may confess Your truth and at all times be ready to lay down our lives for Him who laid down His life for us; even Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

1 Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 476.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul – El Greco c. 1590-1600

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist 6/24/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, June 24, is when the Christian Church recognizes the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, which the Church dates as six months prior to the birth of Jesus based largely on the events recorded in Luke 1.

These Pastor’s Posts are devoted to the many Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day in the near future.

“Saint John the Baptizer, the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, was born into a priestly family.  His birth was miraculously announced to his father by an angel of the Lord (Luke 1:5-23), and on the occasion of his birth, his aged father proclaimed a hymn of praise (Luke 1:67-79).  This hymn is entitled the Benedictus and serves as the traditional Gospel Canticle in the Church’s Service of Morning Prayer.  Events of John’s life and his teaching are known from accounts in all four of the Gospels.  In the wilderness of Judea, near the Jordan River, John began to preach a call to repentance and a baptismal washing, and he told the crowds, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).  John denounced the immoral life of the Herodian rulers, with the result that Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee, had him arrested and imprisoned in the huge fortress of Machaerus near the Dead Sea.  There Herod had him beheaded (Mark 6:17-29).  John is remembered and honored as the one who with his preaching pointed to “the Lamb of God” and “prepared the way” for the coming of the Messiah.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  He will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.  Alleluia.”  It is from Matthew 1:17.  The focus for your devotion this day is that Saint John the Baptist is not the Christ, only His Forerunner (Acts 13:25).  He was called from the womb to bring Jacob back to God through his baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Isaiah 49:5), just as Christ was the true Servant of the Lord.  

Old Testament:         Isaiah 40:1-5

Psalm:                        Psalm 85:1-13 (antiphon v. 9)

Second reading:        Acts 13:13-26

Holy Gospel:             Luke 1:57-80

The hymn appointed for this day is “When All the World Was Cursed” as found on page 346 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may hear the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_Lb4MR10g

You may also enjoy the Benedictus from pages 238-240 of the Lutheran Service Book at: https://christlutheran-superior.org/liturgy-audio/morning-prayer/02–benedictus-lsb-238-240.html

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, through John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, You once proclaimed salvation.  Now grant that we may know this salvation and serve You in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 459-460.

St. John the Baptist Preaching, c. 1665, by Mattia Preti

Feast of Saint Barnabas, Apostle 6/11/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, June 11, 2021 is the Feast Day when the Christian Church recognizes Saint Barnabas, Apostle.  This post is just one of many devoted to the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are largely neglected today unless it falls on a Sunday.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this day.

“Barnabas was a Jew, a Levite born in Cyprus, one of the first disciples of the apostles, and Paul’s traveling companion until the sixteenth year after the resurrection of Christ.  He is mentioned in Acts 4, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15; 1 Corinthians 9; and Galatians 2.  Part of the sermons of Barnabas is recited by Clement of Alexandria in his Stromateis: ‘Before we believed in God, the dwelling of our heart was corruptible and fragile; truly it was a temple made by hands, when it was full of idolatry, and was a house of demons.  But behold!  It has been built gloriously into the temple of the Lord.  How?  By receiving the remission of sins and by hoping in the Name of Christ, let us become new and re-created, because God truly dwells in us.  How?  When these dwell in us: the Word of His faith, the calling of His promise, the wisdom of justification, and the mandates of doctrine.’  Barnabas is the same as ‘Son of consolation’ (Acts 4:36-37), from bar, ‘son,’ and nafesh, ‘re-create, revive, console,’ and so on.  Eusebius (Book. 1, chapter 14) writes that he was one of the seventy disciples.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  They went out and proclaimed that people should repent.  Alleluia.”  It is from Mark 6:12

Old Testament:        Isaiah 42:5-12

Psalm:                      Psalm 112 (antiphon v. 1)

Second reading:       Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3

Holy Gospel:            Mark 6:7-13

The hymn appointed for this day is “Lift High the Cross” as found on page 837 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may hear the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWcoAa1xR_k

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, Your faithful servant Barnabas sought not his own renown but gave generously of his life and substance for the encouragement of the apostles and their ministry.  Grant that we may follow his example in lives given to charity and the proclamation of the Gospel; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

1 Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 421-422.

Feast of the Visitation 5/31/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Crucified and Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, May 31, is the Feast Day when the Christian Church recognizes The Visitation. 

This post is just one of many devoted to the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are largely neglected today unless it falls on a Sunday.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this day.

“John the Baptizer and Jesus, the two great figures of salvation history, now come together in the visit to Elizabeth by the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:39-45), both of whom conceived their children under miraculous circumstances.  Thus John is brought into the presence of Jesus while they are still in their mothers’ wombs.  This presence of the Lord causes a response by the child John as he leaps in Elizabeth’s womb.  John’s response to the presence of Jesus, the Messiah, foreshadows John’s own role as forerunner.  Already now, a new creation is beginning, and a baby sill in the womb hails the new creation’s inception.  Foreshadowed in John’s leap are the miracles of Jesus, who will cause all creation to leap at His presence: “The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them (Luke 7:22).”  The incarnate presence of the Messiah also evokes a response from Elizabeth, who proclaims Mary’s blessedness.  Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) provides the theological significance of this meeting as Mary sums up her place in salvation history.  Mary’s song is a hymn to God for His gracious gifts to the least in this world, whom He has lifted up out of lowliness solely because of His grace and mercy.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.  Alleluia.”  It is from Luke 1:45.

Old Testament:         Isaiah 11:1-5

Psalm:                        Psalm 138 (antiphon v. 8a)

Epistle:                       Romans 12:9-16

Gospel:                      Luke 1:39-56

The hymn appointed for this day is “From East to West” as found on page 385 in the Lutheran Service Book.

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, You chose the virgin Mary to be the mother of Your Son and made known through her Your gracious regard for the poor and lowly and despised.  Grant that we may receive Your Word in humility and faith, and so be made one with Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 393.

Feast of Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles 5/1/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Crucified and Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, May 1, is the Feast Day when the Christian Church recognizes Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles.

This post is just one of many devoted to the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed that are largely neglected today. I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this day.

“Saint Philip is mentioned in the lists of the apostles (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14; Acts 1:13), but only in John’s Gospel is more told about him. Philip was from Bethsadia in Galilee and one of the first disciples called after Peter and Andrew. Philip also was instrumental in bringing Nathanael to Jesus (John 1:42-51). It was to Philip that Jesus posed the question about where to buy bread to feed five thousand men (John 6:5). During Holy Week, Philip with Andrew brought some inquiring Greeks to Jesus (John 12:20-22). And on Maundy Thursday evening, Philip asked Jesus to show the Father to him and to the rest of the disciples (John 14:8). According to tradition, Philip went to labor in Phrygia and was buried there.

“Saint James was a son of Alphaeus and was also called ‘the Younger’ (to distinguish him from James, the son of Zebedee, ‘the Elder,’ whose festival day is July 25). His mother, Mary, was one of the faithful women who stood at the cross of Jesus (Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40). James is mentioned in the same apostolic lists as Philip, but there is no other mention of him in the New Testament. There is also no information regarding his field of labor or the circumstances of his death, except that he may have been martyred by being sawed in two.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia. I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Alleluia.” It is from John 14:6. An additional focus for your devotion this day is “Lord, show us the Father (John 14:8).”

Old Testament: Isaiah 30:18-21
Psalm: Psalm 36:5-12 (antiphon v. 8)
Epistle: Ephesians 2:19-22
Gospel: John 14:1-14

The hymn appointed for this day is “Christ Be My Leader” as found on page 861 in the Lutheran Service Book. You may listen to the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_viRje2do34

Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, Your Son revealed Himself to Philip and James and gave them the knowledge of everlasting life. Grant us perfectly to know Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be the way, the truth, and the life, and steadfastly to walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 1292.

Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord 3/25/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, March 25, 2021, is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord.  Annunciation, from the Latin annuntiatio, meaning the announcing of news, recognizes the conception of our Lord to Mary by the Word of God spoken by the angel Gabriel.

This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church regularly observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“The angel Gabriel appears to Mary and announces that God has shown her favor and will use her as the means for the Messiah’s birth.  So Mary conceives Jesus when the angel says: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35).  This same Spirit who hovered over the waters and brought forth creation (Genesis 1:2) will now “hover over” the waters of Mary’s womb to conceive the creation’s Redeemer.  As the Holy Spirit comes upon Mary, she conceives Jesus “through her ear” (as Martin Luther says).  The one who is conceived is called Holy, the Son of God.  This is the moment of the incarnation of our Lord.  The date of the Annunciation falls on March 25, because the Ancient Church believed the crucifixion occurred on that date.  In antiquity, people linked the day of a person’s conception with the day of his or her death.  Thus, in the Annunciation, the Church joined together both the incarnation of Jesus and the atonement He accomplished.”  1

This feast has two verses.  If the feast is observed outside of Lent it is “Alleluia.  Behold, I am the servant of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word.  Alleluia.”  It is from Luke 1:38a.  However, when it falls in Lent, it is “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.  For my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all people.”  It is from Luke 1:46b, 47a; 2:30-31.

Old Testament    Isaiah 7:10-14

Psalm                   Psalm 45:7-17 (antiphon v. 6)

Epistle                  Hebrews 10:4-10

Gospel                  Luke 1:26-38

The hymn appointed for this day is “The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came” as found on page 356 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen to this hymn as sung during an Advent service at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne here: https://www.facebook.com/ctsfw/videos/lsb-356-the-angel-gabriel-from-heaven-came/295976367989738/

Collect of the Day:

O Lord, as we have known the incarnation of Your Son Jesus Christ by the message of the angel to the Virgin Mary, so by the message of His cross and passion bring us to the glory 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.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 1287.

Feast of Saint Joseph, Guardian of Our Lord 3/19/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, March 19, 2021, is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Joseph, Guardian of Our Lord.  The Church remembers Joseph for his trusting in the word of the angels and his faithful service in protecting and helping raise Jesus.

This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church regularly observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“Saint Joseph has been honored throughout the Christian centuries for his faithful devotion in helping Mary raise her Son.  Matthew’s Gospel relates that Joseph was a just man, who followed the angel’s instructions and took the already-pregnant Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:24).  In the Gospels according to Matthew and Mark, Jesus is referred to as “the carpenter’s son” (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3).  This suggests that Joseph had building skills with which he supported his family.  Joseph was an important figure in the early life of Jesus, safely escorting Mary and the child to Egypt (Matthew 2:14) and then settling them back in Nazareth once it was safe to do so (Matthew 2:22).  The final mention of Joseph is at the time the twelve-year-old Jesus visits the temple in Jerusalem for the Passover (Luke 2:41-51).  Joseph, the guardian of our Lord, has long been associated with caring parenthood as well as with skilled craftsmanship.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded.”  It is from Matthew 1:24a.

Old Testament    2 Samuel 7:4-16

Psalm                   Psalm 127 (antiphon v. 1a)

Epistle                  Romans 4:13-18

Gospel                  Matthew 2:13-15; 19-23

The hymn appointed for this day is “‘Our Father, by Whose Name” as found on page 863 in the Lutheran Service Book.  You may listen to this hymn as sung during the daily chapel service at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne by here: Our Father, by Whose Name – LSB 863 – YouTube

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, from the house of Your servant David You raised up Joseph to be the guardian of Your incarnate Son and the husband of His mother, Mary.  Grant us grace to follow the example of this faithful workman in heeding Your counsel and obeying Your commands; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 1286.

Flight to Egypt – Eugène Girardet (1853-1907)

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle 2/24/2021

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

Today, February 24, 2021 is when the Christian Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle.  The Church remembers Matthias as the apostle that filled the vacancy resulting from the suicide of Judas Iscariot.  After his election, the Bible never mentions him again.

This post is devoted to one of the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church regularly observed that are generally neglected today.  I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this or another day.

“Saint Matthias is one of the lesser known apostles.  According to the Early Church Fathers, Matthias was one of the seventy-two sent out by Jesus in Luke 10:1-20.  After the ascension, Matthias was chosen by lot to fill the vacancy in the Twelve resulting from the death of Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:16-25).  Early Church tradition places Matthias in a number of locations.  Some historians suggest that he went to Ethiopia; others place him in Armenia, the first nation to adopt Christianity as a national religion.  Martyred for his faith, Matthias may well have met his death at Colchis in Asia Minor, around AD 50.  The Church of St. Matthias at Trier, Germany, claims the honor of being the final burial site for Matthias, the only one of the Twelve to be buried in Europe north of the Alps.” 1

The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia.  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Alleluia.”  It is from Matthew 11:28.

Old Testament    Isaiah 66:1-2

Psalm                   Psalm 134 (antiphon Psalm 133:1)

Second                 Acts 1:15-26

Gospel                  Matthew 11:25-30

The hymn appointed for this day is “‘How Shall They Hear,’ Who Have Not Heard” as found on page 831 in the Lutheran Service Book.  As this is not a frequently used hymn, I regret I was unable to find a suitable recording.

Collect of the Day:

Almighty God, You chose Your servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve.  Grant that Your Church, ever preserved from false teachers, may be taught and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Pastor Jim Tuell

Treasury of Daily Prayer, Scot A Kinnaman, General Editor, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis, MO., 2008, p, 1236.