Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

Feast Days & Commerations

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Mothering Sunday

In Europe during the 1500’s it became popular for people to return to the main church or cathedral in the community of their youth every year on the fourth Sunday in lent. These people were said to be returning to their mother church or to be going “a-mothering.” Over the years, Mothering Sunday became a day to allow children and young people that were working as domestic servants or employees to have the day off. This was so they could return home to be with their family as they returned to their home. Often, this was the only time of the year they were allowed off and for many, the only time they saw their family. Children would pick wild

Read more

Feb 2 – The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord

Forty days after Christmas we celebrate Groundhog’s Day. Why is this the day for the Groundhog to see his shadow? Why indeed. Let’s go back to the Mosaic law in the twelfth chapter of Leviticus regarding a woman who gives birth to a son. The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification

Read more

Feast of Saint Joseph

The Christian Church sets aside March 19th as the annual Feast Day of St. Joseph, the “Guardian” of Jesus.  “Guardian,” maybe . . . but he was so much more than that twenty first-century term implies! What do we know about Joseph?  According to Matthew’s Gospel, Joseph, “the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ,” (Matt. 1:16) is the direct descendant of Abraham and David, through whose line would come the promised Messiah.  Matthew notes: ”Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.” (Matt 1:17) If for no other reason than being in this royal line,

Read more