A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series December 28, 2008 - 1st Sunday after Christmas
Standard LSB B Readings: First: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Epistle: Galatians 4:4-7 Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Psalm: Psalm 111 (antiphon: v. 9)
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Luke 2:22-40 for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, December 28, 2008.
It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article VIII, paragraphs 35-37,39, pages 568-569.
It is most appropriate after receiving the body and blood of Christ and hearing words of the pastor, "The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart in peace" then, to sing Simeon's song, "Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared..."
In addition to Christ's and St. Paul's expressions (the bread in the Supper is the body of Christ or the communion of the body of Christ), the following forms are also used: under the bread, with the bread, in the bread. With these words the papistic transubstantiation may be rejected and the sacramental union of the bread's unchanged essence and Christ's body may be shown. In the same way, the expression "the Word became flesh" [John 1:14] is repeated and explained by the equivalent expressions "the Word . dwelt among us" [John 1:14]. The divine essence is not changed into the human nature. But the two natures, unchanged, are personally united. Just as in Christ two distinct, unchanged natures are inseparably united, so in the Holy Supper the two substances-the natural bread and Christ's true natural body-are present together here on earth in the appointed administration of the Sacrament... The words of Christ's testament ("This is My body") are not a figurative, allegorical comment, but are a unique expression. Justin says: "This we receive not as common bread and common drink. We receive them as Jesus Christ, our Savior, who through the Word of God became flesh. For the sake of our salvation He also had flesh and blood. So we believe that the food blessed by Him through the Word is the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ." (paragraphs 35-37, 39)
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