Sunday, April 15, 2007

Quasimodo Geniti

Easter 1 - Quasimodo Geniti
A Reading from the Book of Concord
April 15, 2007 - Second Sunday of Easter

From the Small Catechism, copyright © Concordia Publishing House, (St. Louis, 1986, 1991). Used by permission.
Book of Concord Reading for Easter 1 – Quasimodogeniti Sunday

JESUS GIVES THE KEYS TO THE CHURCH: Jesus’ resurrection from the dead brought life and forgiveness (absolution) to all. Jesus gave the keys of binding and loosing sins to the apostles and their successors, the pastors, so that the work of Jesus’ death and resurrection may come to each person. From the Small Catechism, Part 5 Of Confession:


How Christians should be taught to confess.

What is confession?
Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.

What sins should we confess?
Before God we should plead guilty of all sins, even those we are not aware of, as we do in the Lord's Prayer; but before the pastor we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts.

Which are these?
Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments: Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker? Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy? Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome? Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds? Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?