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.
Because of the hymn recordings, we are offering this series online only, but in several formats:
Request that we send them to your personal email on a daily basis, March 28-April 4.
Devotions, podcasts, and songs are now available in video and audio format. These video recordings are free for your congregation’s use and may be integrated into your church services during Holy Week worship.
List of music offerings:
Ride On, Ride On in Majesty (CW 133) – sung by College Choir
Jesus, I Will Ponder Now (CW 98) – performed by Hosanna Ringers
Christ, the Life of All the Living (CW 114) – sung by Chorale
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (CW 105) – performed by Wind Symphony
My Song Is Love Unknown (CW 110) – sung by Women’s Choir
Oh, Darkest Woe (CW 137) – sung by Männerchor
Jesus, Grant that Balm and Healing (CW 121) – organ meditation with Craig Hirschmann
For future devotionals, we will once again offer printed booklets.
Past Devotions Available
We have devotional booklets available from previous years that you may request as supplies last.
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
(Advent 2019) 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
(Advent 2018) 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.
The Coming of Christ: Promise Made, Promise Kept (Advent 2015) 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 (Advent 2014) 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).
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 (Reformation 500)
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.