Devotion for the Lord’s Day

DEVOTION FOR THE LORD’S DAY

when unable to attend the Divine Service

Before beginning the Devotion, the head of the house should take note of the Day in the Church Year so that the appropriate Propers may be used.

The head of the house shall read the Collect, the Old Testament Reading, the Epistle Reading, and the Holy Gospel. Other members of the family may read the Introit, Gradual, and Verse/Tract.  All say together the Kyrie, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, and Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer.

A Hymn may be sung to begin the devotion.

INVOCATION

The sign of the holy cross + may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism, saying:

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

INTROIT

THE KYRIE

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

COLLECT

OLD TESTAMENT READING

GRADUAL

EPISTLE READING

VERSE / TRACT

HOLY GOSPEL

APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

MEDITATION

A portion of Luther’s Small or Large Catechism, or a sermon by Martin Luther may be read, or, if available, the pastor’s sermon for the day may be heard or read.

PRAYERS

Specific prayers may be said by the head of the house, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, said by all:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

If it is morning, then Luther’s Morning Prayer may be said:

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that you would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.  Amen.

If it is evening, then Luther’s Evening Prayer may be said:

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night.  For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things.  Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.  Amen.

A Hymn may be sung.



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