For our summer catechesis, we are studying the Table of Duties from the Small Catechism. This week we consider our station and vocation as youth and widows & widowers. I recommend you listen here: 2013-09-01 Catechesis – To Youth and To Widows
The Catechism: Table of Duties—To Youth: 1 Peter 5:5-6
|5 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”||1st+|
|6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. 1 Pet 5:5-6||2nd+|
Prayer for Youth
O Lord, as You in humility and faith submitted Yourself to Mary and Joseph and to every authority instituted among men for our salvation, teach us to submit to our elders and to believe that You will accomplish Your good purposes in our lives and in the lives of others through such honor and respect; in Your holy name we pray. Amen.
The Catechism: Table of Duties—To Widows: 1 Timothy 5:5-6
|5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.||3rd+|
|6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 1 Timothy 5:5-6||4th+|
Prayer for Widows
Heavenly Father, comfort all widows who have lost their husbands and are left all alone. Give them strength and courage to put their hope in You and to cry out to You for help night and day. In their loneliness and sorrow, draw them closer to Your Divine Services and deliver them from the temptation to seek fulfillment from the pleasures of life that can never truly satisfy. Teach them to believe that they have a sacred calling as widows to live by faith in the greater Bridegroom, who has laid down His life for His bride and in whom alone are pleasures forevermore, through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer for Widowers
Heavenly Father, comfort all widowers who have lost their wives and are left without a spouse to love. Deliver them from self-centeredness and despair. Give them the strength to flee from fornication and every form of sexual immorality. Fill the void in their lives with the Gospel of Your Son and the study of Your Word. Teach them to pray to You for help to live in their calling, to serve their neighbors in love, and to commend their future to Your gracious will. Grant them Your grace to remain single, or provide them with a faithful Christian wife; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.