Monday, April 18, 2011

Holy Monday Matins

What a blessing to begin Holy Monday praying Matins together.  Twelve of us gathered this morning to do so.  Frankincense burning on the altar to accompany our prayers; the sobering first chapter of Lamentations upon which to meditate; listening to the author of Hebrews point us to the One who was made a little lower than the angels for a little while in order to be the propitiation for our sins; hearing from Blessed Martin Chemnitz preach to us; joining in the Te Deum - yes, a blessed way to begin Holy Monday, indeed!

Below is audio of the Service this morning, along with the entire order printed out, that you may listen and follow along.  A couple of notes about the audio:  1) There are a a couple of minutes of "dead air" at the beginning and the end of the audio recording; 2) For some reason, when I convert the .wav file from my digital recorder to .mp3, I'm losing quality - sounds much better before I convert, but this will have to do.

Holy Monday
18 April Anno T Domini 2011

The Order of Matins

(As you enter the nave, silence should be observed to allow all the opportunity to prayerfully prepare for the presence of the Lord and the reception of His gifts)

Preparatory Prayer
Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.  In the multitude of Your tender mercies prepare my heart that I may enter Your house to worship and confess Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, my God and Lord.  Amen.

Service Note
During Holy Week, the order of Matins will be spoken responsively, rather than sung.  For your convenience, everything is printed in the bulletin. 

(There are no bells this morning; all stand when the pastor stands to begin Service)

Opening Versicles
O Lord, open my lips,
C  and my mouth will declare Your praise.

P  Make haste, O God, to deliver me;
C  make haste to help me, O Lord.

C  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.
C  Praise to You, O Christ, Lamb of our salvation.

Antiphon for Holy Week
P  Christ became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
C  O come, let us worship Him.

C  O come, let us sing to the Lord, let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving, let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise.  For the Lord is a great God and a great king above all gods.  The deep places of the earth are in His hand; the strength of the hills is His also.  The sea is His, for He made it, and His hand formed the dry land.  O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.  For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen. 

Antiphon for Holy Week
P  Christ became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
C  O come, let us worship Him.

Psalm 36:5-10 (antiphon: v. 9)
For with you is the fountain of life;
     in your light do we see light.
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
     your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
     your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save,
     O LORD.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
     The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast of the abundance of your house,
     and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Oh, continue in your steadfast love to those who know you,
     and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
     and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
     is now, and will be forever.  Amen.
For with you is the fountain of life;
     in your light do we see light. 


Office Hymn:  531 “Hail, Thou Once Depised Jesus” (stanza 4)
Worship, honor, pow’r, and blessing
      Thou art worthy to receive;
Highest praises, without ceasing,
      Right it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits,
     All your noblest anthems raise;
Help to sing our Savior’s merits,
      Help to chant Immanuel’s praise!

The Old Testament ReadingLamentations 1:1-22
1How lonely sits the city that was full of people!  How like a widow has she become, she who was great among the nations!  She who was a princess among the provinces has become a slave.  2She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies.
3Judah has gone into exile because of affliction and hard servitude; she dwells now among the nation, but finds no resting place; her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress.  4The roads to Zion mourn, for none come to the festival; all her gates are desolate; her priests groan; her virgins have been afflicted, and she herself suffers bitterly.  5Her foes have become the head; her enemies prosper, because the LORD has afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions; her children have gone away, captives before the foe. 
6From the daughter of Zion all her majesty has departed.  Her princes have become like deer that find no pasture; they fled without strength before the pursuer.  7Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and wandering all the precious things that were hers from days of old.  When her people fell into the hand of the foe, and there was none to help her, her foes gloated over her; they mocked at her downfall.
8Jerusalem sinned grievously; therefore she became filthy; all who honored her despise her, for they have seen her nakedness; she herself groans and turns her face away.  9Her uncleanness was in her skirts; she took no thought of her future; therefore her fall is terrible; she has no comforter.
"O LORD, behold my affliction, for the enemy has triumphed!"  10The enemy has stretched out his hands over all her precious things; for she has seen the nations enter her sanctuary, those whom you forbade to enter your congregation.  11All her people groan as they search for bread; they trade their treasures for food to revive their strength.  "Look, O LORD, and see, for I am despised." 
12"Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?  Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which was brought upon me, which the LORD inflicted on the day of his fierce anger.
13"From on high he sent fire; into my bones he made it descend; he spread a net for my feet; he turned me back; he has left me stunned, faint all the day long. 
14"My transgressions were bound into a yoke; by his hand they were fastened together; they were set upon my neck; he caused my strength to fail; the Lord gave me into the hands of those whom I cannot withstand.
15"The Lord rejected all my mighty men in my midst; he summoned an assembly against me to crush my young men; the Lord has trodden as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah.
16"For these things I weep; my eyes flow with tears; for a comforter is far from me, one to revive my spirit; my children are desolate, for the enemy has prevailed."
17Zion stretches out her hands, but there is none to comfort her; the LORD has commanded against Jacob that his neighbors should be his foes; Jerusalem has become a filthy thing among them.
18"The LORD is in the right, for I have rebelled against his word; but hear, all you peoples, and see my suffering; my young women and my young men have gone into captivity. 
19"I called to my lovers, but they deceived me; my priests and elders perished in the city, while they sought food to revive their strength. 
20"Look, O LORD, for I am in distress; my stomach churns; my heart is wrung within me, because I have been very rebellious.  In the street the sword bereaves; in the house it is like death. 
21"They heard my groaning, yet there is no one to comfort me.  All my enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that you have done it.  You have brought the day you announced; now let them be as I am.
22 "Let all their evildoing come before you, and deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my transgressions; for my groans are many, and my heart is faint."

Silence for meditation upon God’s Word

P  O Lord, have mercy on us.
C  Thanks be to God.

The New Testament Reading:  Hebrews 2:1-18
1Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  2For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
5Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6It has been testified somewhere, "What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?  7You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, 8putting everything in subjection under his feet."
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control.  At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.  9But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.  That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12saying, "I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise."  13And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Behold, I and the children God has given me."
14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Silence for meditation upon God’s Word

P  O Lord, have mercy on us.
C  Thanks be to God.

P  In many and various ways, God spoke to His people of old by the prophets.
C  But now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.

P  We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.
C  He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.
P  Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven and whose sin is put away.
C  He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.
P  We have an advocate with the Father; Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.
C  He was delivered up to death; He was delivered for the sins of the people.

The Writing (instruction):  Martin Chemnitz
     P   In the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. 
      C   Amen.
And it is the sweetest comfort that sin, which made its habitation in human flesh, was condemned in the same human flesh, in the person of Christ.  Our body is the body of death, but in that same body of ours which the Son of God assumed from us, death was again destroyed.  Although our sins have separated us very far from God (Is. 59:2), so that we have been alienated from the grace, righteousness, and life of God (Eph. 2:12), yet the Son of God has brought very close to us those heavenly blessings which had been removed far from us (Eph. 2:13-19), laying them before us through His incarnation in the flesh, which is of the same substance with our own, so that of His fullness we have received grace for grace (John 1:16).  This is the most comforting and salutary exchange, that the Son of God has received from us a human nature and sanctified and blessed and exalted and glorified it in His own person.
Moreover, in His Holy Supper He joins Himself to us in that flesh, so that we may be strengthened by this most certain pledge of the salvation and glorification of our nature; for He does not blush to call us brothers.  Therefore, because we are such, He also joins Himself to us in that flesh and blood (Heb. 2:14).  Flesh brought death into this world and, again, the flesh of the Son of Man was given for the life of the world in order that he who eats the flesh of Christ may have eternal life (John 6:54).
P   Now the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, unto life everlasting.
      C   Amen.

Te Deum Laudamus ~ We Praise You, O God
C  We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord.  All the earth now worships You, the Father everlasting.  To You all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the pow’rs therein.  To You cherubim and seraphim continually do cry:  Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Your glory.  The glorious company of the apostles praise You.  The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise You.  The noble army of martyrs praise You.  The holy Church throughout all the world does acknowledge You:  The Father of an infinite majesty; Your adorable, true, and only Son; also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.  You are the king of glory, O Christ; You are the everlasting Son of the Father.  When You took upon Yourself to deliver man, You humbled Yourself to be born of a virgin.  When You had overcome the sharpness of death, You opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.  You sit at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.  We believe that You will come to be our judge.  We therefore pray You to help Your servants, whom You have redeemed with Your precious blood.  Make them to be numbered with Your saints in glory everlasting. 

Kyrie Eleison ~ Lord, have mercy
P  Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
C  Lord, have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy.
P  Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

Lord’s Prayer
C  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. 

Salutation and Collects
The Lord be with you.
C  And with your spirit.
P  Let us pray:

Collect of the Day
P  Almighty God, grant that in the midst of our failures and weaknesses we may be restored through the passion and intercession of Your only-begotten Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 
C  Amen.

Collect for Grace
P  O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, You have safely brought us to the beginning of this day.  Defend us in the same with Your mighty power and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in Your sight; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 
C  Amen.

P  Let us bless the Lord.
C  Thanks be to God.

P  The grace of our Lord T Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C  Amen.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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