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Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Linglestown, Pennsylvania, USA

 

August 15 - Mary, Mother of Our Lord

Scripture

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" so you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

A Hymn (13th Century)

At the cross, her station keeping, Stood the mournful mother weeping, Close to Jesus to the last. Through her heart, His sorrow sharing, All His bitter anguish bearing, Now at length the sword had passed.

Oh, how sad and sore distressed Was that mother highly blessed Of the sole-begotten One! Oh, the depth of her affliction As she saw the crucifixion Of her dying, glorious Son!

Who, on Christ's dear mother gazing, Pierced by anguish so amazing, Born of woman, would not weep? Who, on Christ's dear mother thinking, Such a cup of sorrow drinking, Would not share her sorrows deep?

For His people's sin chastised, She beheld her Son despised, Scourged, and crowned with thorns entwined; Saw Him then from judgment taken, And in death by all forsaken, Till His spirit He resigned.

Jesus, may her deep devotion Stir in me the same emotion, Source of love, Redeemer true. Let me thus, fresh ardor gaining And a purer love attaining, Consecrate my life to You.

-- Lutheran Book of Worship Hymn 110 -- STABAT MATER

Prayer

Almighty God, you chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of your only Son. Grant that we, who have been redeemed by His blood, may share with her in the glory of Your eternal kingdom; through Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN

-- Pastor Stickley