Thursday, March 19, 2009
St. Joseph, March 19
Kudos to the people responsible for bringing back to Lutherans the Feast of St. Joseph, now restored to its rightful place, March 19, in Lutheran Service Book. Though I still find The Lutheran Hymnal a superior hymnal in many respects, it's hard to excuse the glaring omission of St. Joseph, not only from its calendar, but from the hymns. In all the 660 hymns of TLH, there is but one reference to Joseph, a passing nod in #84.
At St. Paul's, we actually celebrated twice, once last night (since we get a larger crowd then), and again this morning. Hence I preached two (different) sermons: