Introduction to Refresh & Renew
This year Redeemer is focusing on Martin Luther’s Catechisms for Lent. Each day a new devotion will be published with the assigned reading from the Small Catechism. Additional readings form the Large Catechism highlighting one part of the day’s topic will be included. You may desire to read one part of this devotion in the morning and the other part in the evening. Readings are hyperlinked to source sites for convenience.
Order for Devotion
In the name of the Father, + the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Pray: Psalm 70:1-5
Passage for Holy Wednesday
6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Morning Small Catechism Reading – The Lord’s Prayer
Evening Large Catechism Reading (Part 3, 112-124) – The Lord’s Prayer Seventh Petition
Prayers for Others and Ourselves
Closing Prayer – Morning
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You 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.
Then go joyfully to your work, singing a hymn, like that of the Ten Commandments, or whatever your devotion may suggest.
Closing Prayer – Evening
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.
Then go to sleep at once and in good cheer.