Lutheran Liturgical Signaling: The Athanasian Creed

I intend no snark The Old Man intends snark, but the New Man just wants to share some interesting information about LCMS liturgical customs on Trinity Sunday. You may have thought that you were being an über-traditionalist because your church substituted… Continue Reading

A sermon that explains why we’re lenting Lent

If you came this way, Taking any route, starting from anywhere, At any time or at any season, It would always be the same: you would have to put off Sense and notion. You are not here to verify, Instruct… Continue Reading

Squaring the circle of the Post-Vatican II Roman Church: thoughts from Fr Charles McClean

Fr Charles wrote the following emails to me in response to questions I put to him about Roman Catholicism. If memory serves, I was involved in online and real-life donnybrooks with Roman Catholics at the time—considering that I had no… Continue Reading

Ordination an “adiaphorous practice”? I think not…

I am convinced and compelled by the teaching of my fathers in the faith to regard the topic of ordination as one of Dr. Franz Pieper’s weak points. In Vol. 3 of his Dogmatik he goes a bridge too far… Continue Reading

“Him whom the cross could not daunt nor the grave contain” – a homily on Psalm 75 (Confitebimur Tibi) by Fr. Charles McClean

In our series of meditations on the Book of Psalms we come this evening to Psalm 75, which in a very real sense is a response to Psalm 74. In Psalm 74 the psalmist laments the destruction of Jerusalem, its… Continue Reading

“The Conduct of the Service: Revisited” – Fr. Charles McClean on liturgical piety and “holding to the traditions” Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS THE CONDUCT OF THE SERVICE: REVISITED Nota Bene: the following is the text of the keynote address which Fr. Charles delivered at the 2011 St. Michael’s Liturgical… Continue Reading

A dialogue on Apostolic Succession

Please feel free to weigh in in the comments. The following dialogue transpired over email, but is by no means exhaustive — or closed, for that matter. +TDD :: Dear Robert, Fr. Charles, I hope this note finds you well.… Continue Reading

On the bummer that it is to miss Church feast-days

“After this the priest says, ‘The holy things are for the holy’. Holy are the gifts presented, having received the visitation of the Holy Spirit; holy are you also, having been deemed worthy of the Holy Spirit; the holy things… Continue Reading

A Theological and Linguistic Problem: Fr. Charles McClean on the Office of the Holy Ministry

The latest from Fr. Charles: A THEOLOGICAL AND LINGUISTIC PROBLEM ~Fr. Charles McClean, April 2011 In the present Constitution and By-laws of Immanuel Church the use of the word “elder” for officers of the congregation presents a theological and linguistic… Continue Reading