The Brotherhood Prayer Book: New Music for Advent 3 and Ember Days

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We are pleased to make newly composed and newly recorded music available for Advent 3 and Ember Days. Using Reformation-era resources, Mr. Matthew Carver composed antiphons for the Benedictus of each week of Advent. Rev. Sean Daenzer then sang and recorded the antiphons and other propers. We thank them for their contribution to the music of the BPB!

*Please refer back to the first post for recordings of the Invitatory of the Venite, the Venite, and Responsory for Advent.

Antiphon for the Benedictus (p. 393), pdf:


Antiphon for the Magnificat (p. 394):


Listen to a sample of how to move between the parts of the Canticle – from the Antiphon to the first verse of the Magnificat to the Gloria Patri, back to the Antiphon (Advent 3):


A pdf of the Benedictus for Ember Wednesday (p. 394), Ember Friday (p. 395), and Ember Saturday (p. 396). At the end of each antiphon, the last part of the canticle tone (see p. 106) is printed above the letters “Oioeae,” which are the vowels in “world without end. Amen.”

Antiphon for the Benedictus of Ember Wednesday (p. 394):

Antiphon for the Magnificat of Ember Wednesday (p. 394):


Listen to the entire Magnificat with Antiphon for Ember Wednesday (p. 394):


Antiphon for the Magnificat of Ember Friday (p. 395):


Listen to a sample of how to move between the parts of the Canticle – from the Antiphon to the first verse of the Magnificat to the Gloria Patri, back to the Antiphon (Ember Friday):

 

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The Brotherhood Prayer Book: New Music for Advent 2

BPB-new pictureLast week, we introduced new music for The Brotherhood Prayer Book for Advent 1. Now, we are pleased to make this newly composed and newly recorded music available for Advent 2. Using Reformation-era resources, Mr. Matthew Carver composed antiphons for the Benedictus of each week of Advent. Rev. Sean Daenzer then sang and recorded the antiphons and other propers. We thank them for their contribution to the music of the BPB!

*Please refer back to the first post for recordings of the Invitatory of the Venite, the Venite, and Responsory for Advent.

Advent 2:

Antiphon for Benedictus (p. 393); pdf of newly-composed music:


Antiphon for the Magnificat (p. 393):


Magnificat sung to Canticle Tone VIII:


Listen to a sample of how to move between the parts of the Canticle – from the Antiphon to the first verse of the Magnificat to the Gloria Patri, back to the Antiphon:

 

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Can’t decide? Choose an assortment of Christmas cards!

New this year, we are offering an assortment of our Christ the Lord-Web-600pxeight Christmas card designs. Each set includes two of each design, including our newest cards pictured here. Visit our Christmas cards page for more details and pictures!

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Excerpts from God With Us

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“The Savior is born unto you in Bethlehem, the house of bread, on earth. It is no coincidence that He lacked a crib and was placed instead into a feeding trough. He was born unto you to be bread: bread for beasts, bread for wolves, and bread for sheep. He comes in His body to feed you into life, to slake your thirst, to satisfy your soul. He is put into a manger, not only because He is rejected by men and there is no room for Him in Bethlehem’s inns but also because He gives Himself to you, as food, on earth.”

“We do not put a statue of a baby in the manger because we think that Jesus is still in the manger. We put a statue in the manger to remember that Jesus was a baby, that He took up our flesh and our burden. An empty manger just won’t do. The fact that God has a body, was born of a woman, for us, is not a tiny detail in the story or somehow not the important part. It is the essence of the story. In the same way, we do not put a statue of Jesus on the cross because we think that He is not risen. We know and we rejoice that He is risen. But an empty cross just won’t do. The fact that He was crucified in His body is not just a detail or somehow the prelude to the more significant event. It is the essence of the story. We preach Christ crucified.”

“How might we keep the Law and love one another without fail, without holding back? Setting our will to do it or making promises and resolutions has never worked before, and it won’t work now. How might we keep the Law which we’ve never yet kept before? By putting on the Lord Jesus Christ. That is it. It is the only way. It is in being loved, being forgiven, being fed the Holy Supper that not only is sin forgiven but faith is also strengthened. In that—those things that God has given for His Church, for her faith and life—the Holy Spirit takes up residence and works do follow. The only way for sinners like us to keep the Law is to have the Law kept for us.”

-David H. Petersen, author of God With Us

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The Brotherhood Prayer Book: New Music for Advent 1

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While there are more than 450 mp3 files available on The Brotherhood Prayer Book CD, there still remain propers without musical composition and yet to be recorded. Now, we are pleased to make available newly composed and newly recorded propers for Advent. Using Reformation-era resources, Mr. Matthew Carver composed antiphons for the Benedictus of each week of Advent. Rev. Sean Daenzer then sang and recorded the antiphons and other propers. We thank them for their contribution to the music of the BPB!

Advent 1:

Invitatory for the Venite (p. 389):


The Venite (p. 31):


Responsory for Advent (p. 390):


Hymn at Morning Prayer (p. 391):


Antiphon for Benedictus (p. 391), pdf of newly-composed music:


Hymn at Evening Prayer (p. 392):


Antiphon for the Magnificat (p. 392):


Listen to a sample of how to move between the parts of the Canticle – from the Antiphon to the first verse of the Magnificat to the Gloria Patri, back to the Antiphon:

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God With Us: How we developed the lectionary

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If you’ve taken a look at the Table of Contents link for God With Us, you may be curious to know how we chose texts for the daily sermons in Advent. At Redeemer Lutheran Church, we follow the historic one-year series, and it is our custom to preach on the Gospel text for Sunday’s Divine Service. We have simply carried the theme from Sunday’s propers to the rest of the week, with the week’s Introit, Old Testament, or Epistle text forming the basis of the weekday sermon. There is also a series on the Lucan canticles: the Benedictus, the Magnificat, and the Nunc Dimittis. The remaining days of Advent are comprised of the unique Epistles and Gospels for the Wednesdays and Fridays in Advent and also the saints’ days that fall in December. Thereafter come sermons for the twelve days of Christmas, Sundays in Epiphany up to the Transfiguration, and other saints’ days that fall in January and February. 

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New free download!

Click on the Downloads tab above to find a new download of Church Father excerpts formatted as bulletin inserts for Advent 1 through Epiphany 6.

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Now through Saturday, November 29, you can earn a $5 gift certificate for every $25 you spend.* This is the time to pick up a copy of God With Us, with sermons beginning on Thanksgiving and continuing for every day of Advent, all twelve days of Christmas, saints’ day, and the Epiphany season. (Also be sure to take a look at the companion volume of Lent and Easter sermons, Thy Kingdom Come, and the reviews posted in our Reviews tab.)

Perhaps you’re looking for Christmas cards that proclaim the joy of Christ’s birth with unique artwork and a clear confession. We have eight designs to choose from, along with an assortment set that includes all of them.

Or maybe you’ve had your eye on Ceremony and Celebration as a resource on Lutheran liturgical worship, or Didache for its catechesis which teaches doctrine using the Holy Scriptures, Luther’s Small Catechism, and the hymnal.

Browse around our selection of books and greeting cards by using the tabs above. And remember, for every $25 you spend, you’ll earn $5 toward your next order!

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Reviews for God With Us

Cover-God With Us-new cover website“Pastor Peterson preaches in a way which reveals deep study, rich knowledge and devotion, but also with a keen sharpness on our present situation. He preaches with simplicity and accuracy, zeroing in on multiple things at once, the text, the hearer, and always upon Christ….His common call to “repent” is never generic, but always pointed with a sternness that leaves you unable to wiggle out on your own. The Law is in full force, and with a brevity that is common to the prophets of old. It accuses, it instructs. The Gospel similarly is not generic, but sweet and set to the text and occasion, fully applied and delivered to ears that have heard. There is a Luther-like simplicity and exactness to his preaching. There is more than enough for both new hearer and seasoned saint to listen and inwardly digest.”   -Rev. Joshua Scheer at Brothers of John the Steadfast 

“Pastor Petersen is a faithful pastor. When he preaches, he preaches Jesus. And when he preaches Jesus, you consider your Savior in a way you hadn’t the week earlier. ‘He has laid Himself not only into a manger surrounded by dung in the cold winter air but also onto the rough wood of a cross surrounded by liars and cheats, thieves and terrorists. He has loved us to the very end.'” -Adriane Heins at Let It Stet

“Law preaching is some of the most difficult.  We preachers find it hard to speak to people the hard words of the Lord.  If for no other reason than to discover how well the Law can be preached, this volume of sermons is worthy.  We find it too easy to preach to imaginary sins or sins that do not touch close to home.  Pr. Peterson excels in laying bare the soul before the unbending gaze of the Law….And just when he has exposed my captivity to desire and my wish to pretend everything is fine, Pr. Peterson enters into with the sweet balm of the Gospel.” -Rev. Larry Peters at Pastoral Meanderings

“The book is a treasure trove for private or family devotions, as well as a solid source of homiletical material for daily chapel or Divine Services….Most importantly of all, at the center of each and every one of these sermons, leaping out triumphantly on each and every page, is Christ: Christ the incarnate, Christ the crucified, Christ the victorious, Christ the risen, Christ the Savior, Christ the coming-again. As with all good Christian preaching, this collection of sermons isn’t about pithy sayings, trenchant soundbites, insightful teaching, poetic turns of phrase, profound exegetical insight, but rather it is all, first and foremost, from Alpha to Omega, about Christ and the Gospel that He, our Emmanuel, our God With Us, bears to us in His very Body and in His Word.” -Rev. Larry Beane at Gottesdienst Online

*Visit our Reviews tab above for a complete listing.

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Our new Christmas cards are now available!

Christ the Lord-Web-600pxWe are pleased to unveil two new Christmas cards for 2014. The first card (right) features stained glass found in a local church, Faith Lutheran in Roanoke, Indiana. The words of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” appear muted in the background, with the final line of the fourth stanza boldly proclaiming, “Word of the Father now in flesh appearing!” The greeting inside continues with the refrain, “O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

The second design (below) is a beautiful nativity scene pictured on a Russian triptych from our own collection. A triptych has artwork divided into three panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. The angels in the side panels are identified in Russian as Nativity Triptych-FB-cropped-600pxMichael and Gabriel, while the text in the middle declares “the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (This is also noted on the back of the card.) The greeting inside simply states, “Glory to the newborn King,” which comes from the refrain of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Visit our Christmas Cards page to view all of our cards and their inside greetings. Can’t decide on one design? We now offer variety with a new assortment set.

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