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Misericordia or Shepherd Sunday Week Devotional guide

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

2nd Sunday after Easter

Misericordia Sonntag (Domini) or Shepherd (Good Shepherd) Sunday

“I am the good shepherd….My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life.” John 10:11, 27-28

Theme/ Focus of the week: “The Good Shepherd

Psalms for the week: 23 and 33

Sunday Lessons:

O.T. Lesson: Ezek. 34:1-16 or Jer. 23:1-8

Epistle Lesson: 1 Peter 2:21b - 25

Gospel Lesson: John 10: 11-16

M. Eph. 2:4-10 John 10:1-11

T. Matt. 26:31-35 Matt. 14:23-33

W. John 21: 15 -19 Matt. 18:10-14

T. 1 Peter 5:1 - 4 Ezek. 34:23 - 31

F. John 18:1 - 9 Heb. 13: 12 - 21

S. Acts 20: 28 -32 John 10: 27 - 30

Prayer for the Week

“O Savior Christ, who dost lead to immortal blessedness those who commit themselves to thee: Grant that we, being weak, presume not to trust in ourselves but may always have thee before our eyes, to follow thee, our guide; that thou who only knows the way, mayest lead us to our heavenly desires, to whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost be glory for ever. Amen.

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