Devotionals for Holy Week 2023
7 + 1 Words from the Heart of God
The traditional review of Christ’s seven words from Calvary are particularly useful for revealing the heart of Jesus. As he suffers, what are his thoughts bent toward? What is he most concerned about? What is he personally experiencing? His own words give us a glimpse into the heart of the omnipotent God himself, who somehow feels sorrow and suffering as he defeats sorrow and suffering. Some words are somber. Some are sublime. Others signify victory. And all his words matter.
Many digital options for viewing the devotions below will become available as we approach Holy Week:
Past Devotions Available
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Booklets from Previous Years
Word Made Flesh: The Historical Reality of Christmas
This Advent, discover how the Gospels of John the Elder and Luke the Historian record the details of the incarnation—God becoming man—in our booklet, Word Made Flesh: The Historical Reality of Christmas. Each devotion is prompted by a question about the historical accuracy of the Christmas account. Each reminds us that Christmas is not a sweet children’s story or fairy tale. It is a historical event. In our skeptical times, John and Luke help us reaffirm the objective reality of Christmas.
We Have Seen His Glory
In these 25 devotions for December 1-25, we’ll first explore the ways Christians have seen Christ in the Old Testament appearances of “the glory of the LORD” and “the angel of the LORD.” Then we’ll look at New Testament passages that take up the theme of Christ’s glory as well. Perhaps the apostle John’s words say it best: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Jesse Tree
The Jesse Tree is MLC’s newest Advent devotion book. Similar to an Advent calendar, the booklet contains 25 devotions accompanied by 25 ornaments you can hang on your Christmas tree or on a “Jesse tree” of your own making.
Enjoy this new booklet that retells the Old Testament stories leading to the birth of our Savior, Jesus, who was a descendant of King David and David’s father, Jesse: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”
The Jesse Tree – supplementary materials
Children’s Stories: These have been carefully crafted for younger children by Martin Luther College education majors. Each includes a clear connection from the Old Testament story to our Savior Jesus.
Printable ornaments: Available in color and blackline.
Click here to download children’s stories and printable ornaments, or request a copy of cardstock ornaments for your family or classroom.
Christ Is the World’s Light
The 25 Advent devotions, one for every day December 1-25, can accompany the lighting of the candles in a traditional Advent wreath. Our anticipation will grow as we study more Scripture and light another candle each week of December: the Prophecy Candle, the Bethlehem Candle, the Shepherds’ Candle, the Angels’ Candle, and the Christ Candle.
Names of Jesus
This booklet contains 25 Advent devotions, one for every day December 1-25, that explore the scriptural names of Jesus, reminding us of who Jesus is and what he has done for us.
Isaiah Had Foretold It
This devotion booklet containing 25 spiritual encouragements, one for each day of December until Christmas.
The Coming of Christ: Promise Made, Promise Kept
The 25 devotions in this booklet were authored by current students at MLC, as well as pastors, teachers, staff ministers, and lay leaders who have studied at MLC. They are intended for use December 1-25.
God’s Indescribable Gift
The 13 devotions in this booklet were authored by President Zarling and 12 MLC graduates serving throughout the synod’s 12 districts. They are intended for use from Christmas Day through Epiphany (Dec 25-Jan 6).
God’s Suffering Servant
(Holy Week 2022)
In these eight devotions, the prophet Isaiah introduces the Messiah as God’s Suffering Servant. Our Lenten “watch” will turn the spotlight on that Servant in his hour of suffering—the pain and scorn heaped on him, the antagonism of enemies, and the faithlessness of friends.
Listen to podcasts read by the author
My Song Is Love Unknown
(Holy Week 2021)
These eight Holy Week devotions lead us deeper into the truths of Jesus’ love for us through the poetry, imagery, and music of Lent and Easter hymns. Links embedded in the devotions will allow you to hear the hymns performed for you by MLC College Choir, College Chorale, Women’s Choir, Männerchor, Wind Symphony, Hosanna Ringers, and Professor Craig Hirschmann on the organ.
Read them online
Download the series as a PDF
Listen to music podcasts online
Christ in the Tabernacle
(Holy Week 2020)
This booklet consists of eight devotions for Palm Sunday through Easter, each explaining a component of the tabernacle and how Christ fulfilled all that was foreshadowed there.
Behold the Lamb of God
(Holy Week 2019)
This booklet contains eight devotions written by MLC faculty that tell the story of the Lamb in prophecy and fulfillment, from Mount Moriah to Mount Zion.
Places of Christ’s Passion
(Holy Week 2018)
The eight devotions for Holy Week, Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, are accompanied by the painting of James Tissot.
Lenten Truths from Unwitting Witnesses
(Holy Week 2017)
Containing eight uplifting messages for Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, this beautiful book is enhanced by the artwork of Lucas Cranach, Reformation painter and friend of Martin Luther.
Searching Questions from Christ’s Passion
(Holy Week 2016)
The eight devotions in this booklet were authored by MLC professors. They are intended for use from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. We’ll consider some “Searching Questions from Christ’s Passion.”
The Passion of the Christ in Prophecy
(Holy Week 2015)
The eight devotions in this booklet were authored by MLC professors. All expound on Old Testament lessons and are intended for use from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday.
He comes in the Name of the Lord!
(Holy Week 2014)
The eight devotions in this booklet were authored by MLC professors. All expound on New Testament lessons and are intended for use from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday.
I Shall Not Die, But Live
This devotion booklet was created in 2017 in celebration of the Reformation 500. It contains 31 uplifting messages as a gift from the Martin Luther College campus family. We pray that our Lord would strengthen your faith through his Word.