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From the Word: It was a night of vigil for the Lord, to bring them out from the land of Egypt. This same night of the Lord is a night of watching by all the children of Israel throughout their generations. (Exodus 12:42)
From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Daily Prayers
Then, kneeling or standing, repeat the Creed and the Lord's Prayer.
Pulling It Together: The ordinance of the Passover provided a way for Jewish people to remember who and whose they are. In this observance, they remembered how the Lord delivered them from more than four centuries of slavery in Egypt.
Each morning, after making sign of the the cross, Luther urges us to remember God in specific ways too. First, say the Creed. In doing so, you set the table for prayer by recalling whom you pray to: the Father, Son, and Spirit by whom you just blessed yourself. The Creed distills the character and functions of the triune God. Second, pray the Lord’s Prayer. If you pray nothing else, you will have prayed the way the Jesus taught you to pray (Matt 6:9–13; Luke 11:2–4). In doing so, you may begin each day well by remembering who God is, and by praying over those matters that concern his will for you.
Prayer: Thy will be done, Lord. Amen.
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