Grace and peace to you, through Jesus, our Hope in every affliction,

By the Cross of Our Lord Jesus, We Inherit Life Everlasting with God

In His covenant with Abraham, the Lord promised to be with him, to bless him and to make him “the father of a multitude of nations.” It is “an everlasting covenant” in Christ Jesus, the seed of Abraham who is blameless before God Almighty. All who believe in this Lord Jesus are the offspring of Abraham and are blessed“throughout their generations” (Gen. 17:1–7), because the Christ has suffered many things. He was rejected and killed, and after three days He rose again (Mark 8:31). To comprehend this theology of the cross, we must set our minds “on the things of God,” and not “on the things of man” (Mark 8:33). “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Therefore, having been “reconciled to God by the death of his Son,” much more “shall we be saved by his life” (Rom. 5:10). Baptized into His cross and resurrection, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and by faith we rejoice in the hope of His glory (Rom. 5:1–2).

Here are the Propers for the Second Sunday in Lent

Order of Service: Matins p.219

Opening Hymn: 437 Alas! And Did My Saviour Bleed

The Introit (Additional Psalm)

Psalm 115:11-13, 18; Psalm 25:6 

    Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,

        for they have been from of old. 

    You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!

        He is their help and their shield. 

    [12] The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us;

        he will bless the house of Israel;

        he will bless the house of Aaron; 

    [13] he will bless those who fear the Lord,

        both the small and the great. 

    But we will bless the Lord

        from this time forth and forevermore.

    Praise the Lord! 

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  

    Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,

        for they have been from of old. 

The Old Testament Reading:

Genesis 17:1-7; 15-16

    When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, [2] that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” [3] Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, [4] “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. [5] No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. [6] I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. [7] And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you….

    And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. [16] I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

The Epistle Reading: 

Romans 5:1-11 

    Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. [2] Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [3] More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, [4] and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, [5] and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 

    [6] For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. [7] For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— [8] but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. [10] For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. [11] More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. 

The Holy Gospel:

Mark 8:27-38 

    And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” [28] And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” [29] And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” [30] And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. 

    [31] And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. [32] And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. [33] But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” 

    [34] And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. [35] For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. [36] For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? [37] For what can a man give in return for his life? [38] For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” 

Lenten Responsory

The Hymn of the Day: 708 Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart

Sermon (attached)

Te Deum

‘Offering’ Hymn (audio):  798 The God of Abram Praise 

The Prayers of the Church (attached)

The Collect     

O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength.  

By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; 

through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.   

The Closing Hymn: 428 Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow

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Almighty and most merciful God, in this earthly life we endure sufferings and death before we enter into eternal glory.

Grant us grace at all times to subject ourselves to Your holy will and to continue steadfast in the true faith to the end of our lives, 

that we may know the peace and joy of the blessed hope of the resurrection of the dead 

and of the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen

The Lord bless you and keep you,