TIME AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Commemoration of Martin Luther
Martin Luther, renewer of the Church, was born in Eisleben, Germany in 1483. He entered the local Augustinian monastery and was ordained priest in 1507. He taught biblical interpretation at the new University of Wittenberg from 1512 until his death. On the Eve of All Saints’ Day in 1517 he posted his Ninety-five Theses for debate concerning the sale of indulgences, and that date is observed as the beginning of the Reformation of the Church. In 1525 he married Katherine von Bora; they had six children. Luther died in the town of his birth February 18, 1546, and four days later his body was buried in the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalm 18
In the evening: Psalm 6
Read hymn “Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word”
One or more of the following lessons:
In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus
In the evening: Magnificat
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole Church is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty God, by the preaching of your servants, the blessed Reformers, you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine forth: Grant, we pray, that, knowing its saving power, we may faithfully guard and defend it against all enemies and joyfully proclaim it to the salvation of souls and the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Pray for the holy ministry
For all ministers of the Church
For monastic orders throughout Christianity
For all Christians in their vocation
For the mission of the Church
For the continual cleansing of the Church
For an ever-new discovery of the good news of the Gospel
For the unity of the Church
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.