In spite of the negative effects of the Thirty Years War, Pietism, and Rationalism on confessional, liturgical worship, the historic service, together with its customs and theology still survived in parts of Germany; notably Saxony, Mecklenburg, and Nürnberg. In the 19TH century, many of confessional Lutherans migrated from Germany to America. One of these groups … Continue reading Lutheran Worship (LC-MS) in America
The Rite After the preparatory right the Divine Service properly begins with the Introit as the start of the Service of the Word. “Introit” is a Latin word meaning “he enters into.” The Introit uses Psalm, Scripture and liturgical verses to announce the theme of the day. Lutheran Service Book gives the option to use … Continue reading The Divine Service, Service of the Word: The Introit
For those whose eyebrows were raised upon seeing this post’s title, don’t worry … In the The Study of Liturgy (edited by Cheslyn Jones et. al., Oxford University Press, 1978) there is an interesting statement about the liturgy: It is concerned with past events, the saving work of Christ, but it is not concerned with … Continue reading “Contemporary” Liturgy?
I am repeatedly asked the following: Why do our two latest hymnals … Lutheran Worship (1982) and Lutheran Service Book (2006) … not have AMENS at the conclusion of the hymns as they did in The Lutheran Hymnal (1941)? The answer is really very simple: in the history of Christian hymnody the practice of concluding … Continue reading What Happened to the “Amens”?
The Rite In the Invocation, we are not simply reminding ourselves that the God we worship is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are being named and blessed by the same Divine Name into which we are baptized. Our baptism is the foundation and impetus of our being gathered in worship. The Invitation to Confession: … Continue reading The Divine Service – Service of Preparation
“Rite” (or ritual) is the substance of the service. The rites I will be explaining are the Divine Services in Lutheran Service Book. “Ceremony” refers to the actions of the Liturgy that accompany the texts of the liturgy. Ceremony includes: folding hands, making the sign of the cross, standing, kneeling, bowing, genuflecting, etc. Ceremony also … Continue reading Rite and Ceremony
We differentiate the parts of the Divine Service as the Ordinary and the Propers. The Ordinary is the order of service we use on a given Sunday. The term Propers refers to the portion of the Divine Service which changes each week. The Propers are: Introit Collect of the Day Scripture Readings Gradual Verse Two … Continue reading The Divine Service – Introduction