William Weedon

Anselm of Canterbury

On April 21, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) commemorates the great Archbishop of Canterbury St. Anselm.

O Emmanuel!

And so we come to the last Vespers of Advent. Tonight the Great “O” Antiphon will be “O Emmanuel,” for tomorrow we will celebrate …

O Rex Gentium!

“You are a king?” Pilate said. “You have said so,” our Lord replied (John 18:37; Matt. 27:11). He was always a tad reluctant about that title “King.”

O Oriens!

There is a darkness about this world. And this darkest day of the year is but an image of that deeper darkness.

O Clavis David!

Revelation and Isaiah are dancing in the background of this name for our Lord. But the thought is clearly the opening of paradise, the door that was shut in the fall.

O Radix Jesse!

The Root of Jesse? Is our Lord not the flower of Jesse’s stem (Isaiah 11:1)? He is both root and flower, the Alpha and the Omega

O Adonai!

Tonight, we will recall that not only is our Lord the Logos, the logic of the universe, but He is at one with Yahweh, with Adonai.

O Sapientia!

Our Lord is Logos; the very logic of the universe itself is disclosed in Him, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Lord Keep Us Steadfast

Luther’s much simpler and shorter hymn, “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” (LSB 655), simply wins the day, hands down.

The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, the sinner. Whence it first arose is a matter of some debate among scholars …

The Confessional Mirror

Where do the Ten Commandments live in the church’s liturgical life? Where do the people of God regularly encounter and use them?

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