Our Devotional Life
For the Week of Oculi, Lent 3 (March 15-20)
Use as much as you are able, or as your family size/ages dictate
Bible Stories for the Home (especially for use with children with a Bible Story Book - [available at bookstore.blc.edu (search: “Bible Story”)
Wed. The Marriage in Cana
Fr Jesus and the Samaritans
Bible Reading For the Week (especially for adults)
Monday Luke 18:15–30 Numbers 22:2–41
Tuesday Luke 19:1–40 Numbers 23:1–30
Wednesday Luke 20:1–21:4 Numbers 24:1–13
Thursday Luke 21:37–22:38 Numbers 27:12–23
Friday Luke 22:39–71 Deuteronomy 5:1–33
Saturday Luke 23:1–25 Deuteronomy 8:1–20
Psalm For This Week: 123
Devotions From Laache’s Book of Family Prayer (available at bookstore.blc.edu [search: “Laache”)
Devotions #140–147 (pp. 223–235)
SMALL CATECHISM FOR THE WEEK OF LENT 3
(RELATED TO THE GOSPEL OF THE DAY)
Say this as part of your personal or family devotions.
Use these words to form prayers both thanking God and asking for His grace.
The Meaning of Baptism
What does such baptizing with water mean?
Such baptizing with water means that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts; and that a new man daily come forth and arise, who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Where is this written?
St. Paul writes, Romans 6:4: “We are buried with Christ by baptism into death; that just as He was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
What is the old Adam (old man)?
The old Adam is our inherited sinful nature with its evil lusts.
How do we overcome the old Adam?
We overcome the old Adam by drowning him through daily contrition (sorrow over sin) and repentance.
What does “repentance” mean?
Repentance means acknowledging our sins with heartfelt shame and sorrow, confessing them sincerely before God, and seeking by faith His grace in Christ.
(Questions 291, 294 & 295 from the 2001 ELS Catechism)