The Sunday of the Syro-Phoenecian Woman (03/08)

Within the liturgy for each Lord’s day, we receive the Word of God through uniquely appointed readings, psalms, hymns, and prayers. This week we will pray the Divine Service Setting Three (audio of this liturgy). The following guide will help you to prepare to hear and sing the Propers, i.e. the varied texts and hymns for this week.


Jacob wrestled with God; he would not let Him go until he received a blessing from Him (Gen. 32:22–32). So it was with the Canaanite woman. Though Jesus seemed to ignore and reject her, she continued to call upon His name and look to Him for help (Mt. 15:21–28). Even when the Lord called her a little dog, she held on to Him in faith and would not let Him wriggle out of His words: “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” This Gentile woman shows herself to be a true Israelite, who struggles with God and man in Christ and prevails. “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire” (Mt. 15:27–28). This is the sanctifying will of God (1 Thess. 4:1–7)–to test your faith in order that it may be refined and strengthened. Tribulation produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope in Christ does not disappoint (Rom. 5:1–5).

Collect of the Day: O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Introit: Ps. 25:1-2a, 7-8, 11; antiphon: Ps. 25:6, 2b, 22
Gradual: Ps. 25:17-18
Old Testament: Gen. 32:22-32
Psalm 121 (antiphon: vv. 1-2)
Epistle: 1 Thess. 4:1-7 or Rom. 5:1-5
Tract: Ps. 106:1-4
Gospel: Matt. 15:21-28


773Hear us, Father, when we prayMorgenglanz der Ewigkeit

615When in the hour of deepest needWenn wir in hochsten Noten sein

770What a friend we have in JesusConverse

713From God can nothing move meVon Gott will ich nicht lassen

647Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s headReuter

453Upon the cross extendedO Welt, ich muss dich lassen (Innsbruck)

658Preserve Your Word, O SaviorMunich