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The Sunday after the Ascension

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collect of the day

Amen.

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An Overview

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Artwork: Christ and the Canaanite Woman, Pietro del Pò. Italian, 17th century. From the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

The Old Testament

Genesis 32:22-32

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Translation Notes

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The Epistle

1 Thessalonians 4:1-7

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Translation Notes

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The Holy Gospel

Matthew 15:21-28

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Translation Notes

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Poetry Used in the Liturgy of Reminiscere

  • Psalm 25- ___

  • Psalm 106- ___

Artwork: Jacob Wrestling the Angel, Pietro Monaco. Italian, 18th Century. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Further Reading & Listening

 

 

Artwork: Marble relief fragment with the head of Medea1st–2nd century. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This marble sculpture very well could have been seen by the recipients of Paul's letter to the Thessalonians. This image is a copy of a relief from 400 years before Christ was born. Medea was a witch who tricked the daughters of King Pelias into boiling their father in hopes of rejuvenating him. The full marble relief, from which comes this fragment, depicts Medea and the girls about to commit the terrible act. You can read more about the myth of Medea here. If you'd like more information on the historical background of Thessaly, you can purchase The Lutheran Bible Companion Volume 2.

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