A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation
For the Week of the Nativity of Our Lord – December 25, 2022 through January 1, 2023
The Lord bless you as you pray these out loud with your family.
As you spend time in these texts, please write down questions and feedback for Pastor Thomas.
Excerpts from the Large Catechism on the Sixth Commandment
[The Fifth through the Tenth Commandments] are all to show that we must avoid doing any kind of harm to our neighbor. But they are arranged in fine order. In the first place, they talk about our neighbor personally. Then they proceed to talk about the person nearest him, or the closest possession next after his body, namely, his wife. She is one flesh and blood with him, so that they cannot inflict a higher injury upon him in any good that is his. Therefore, it is clearly forbidden here to bring any disgrace upon our neighbor regarding his wife. (381-382:200)
But among us there is such a shameful mess and the very dregs of all vice and lewdness. Therefore, this commandment is directed against all kinds of unchastity, whatever it may be called. Not only is the outward act of adultery forbidden, but also every kind of cause, motive, and means of adultery. Then the heart, the lips, and the whole body may be chaste and offer no opportunity, help, or persuasion toward inchastity. (382:202-203)
[God] gloriously … honors and praises this estate. For by His commandment He both approves and guards it. He has approved it above in the Fourth Commandments, “Honor your father and your mother.” But here He has (as we said) hedged it about and protected it. Therefore, He also wishes us to honor it and maintain and govern it as a divine and blessed estate because, in the first place, He has instituted it before all others. He created man and woman separately, as is clear. This was not for lewdness, but so that they might live together in marriage, be fruitful, bear children, and nourish and train them to honor God. (382:206-207)
[Marriage] is not only placed on an equality with other estates, but it comes first and surpasses them all. (382:209)
The Order of Daily Prayer and Meditation
(Alternative short orders for Daily Prayer are on pp. 295-298 in our hymnal, Lutheran Service Book)
Pray and confess out loud as much from the order of meditation and prayer as you are able or based on your family size and ages.
The sign of the cross + may be made by all in remembrance of their baptism.
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
|Morning||Close of the Day|
In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice;
In the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch
The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last.
My mouth is filled with Your praise,
And with Your glory all the day.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
To sing praise to Your name, O Most High;
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth will declare Your praise.
To herald Your love in the morning;
Your truth at the close of the day.
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.
Hymn of the Month: LSB 370 What Child Is This
One or more verses from the hymn of the month are sung, or another hymn may be chosen.
Verse: John 1:14
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
|Old Testament||Isaiah 52:7-10||Isaiah 20:1-21:10||Isaiah 21:11-22:14||Isaiah 22:15-25||Isaiah 23||Isaiah 24||Isaiah 25||Isaiah 26|
|New Testament||Heb 1:1-6 John 1:1-18||2 Cor 11:1-15||2 Cor 11:16-33||2 Cor 12:1-10||2 Cor 12:11-21||2 Cor 13:1-14||John 1:1-28||John 1:29-42|
The Catechism: The Ten Commandments – The Sixth Commandment
What is the Sixth Commandment?
You shall not commit adultery.
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other.
The Apostles’ Creed is confessed
Prayers for Others and Ourselves
Collect for the Nativity of Our Lord
Almighty God, grant that the birth of Your only-begotten Son in the flesh may set us free from the bondage of sin; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Prayer based on the Sixth Commandment
O Lord God, who has created man and woman and has ordained them for the marriage bond, making them fruitful by Your blessing, and has typified therein the sacramental union of Your dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the church, His bride, we beg Your infinite goodness and mercy that You will not permit this Your creation, ordinance, and blessing to be disturbed or destroyed but will graciously preserve the same, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Martin Luther)
|Morning||Close of the Day|
Almighty God, merciful Father, who created and completed all things, on this day when the work of our calling begins anew, we implore You to create its beginning, direct its continuance, and bless its end, that our doings may be preserved from sin, our life sanctified, and our work be well pleasing to you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
I thank you my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen
Visit our dwellings, O Lord, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of Your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.