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

Week 28: Of the Mass (continued)

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ConcordCast-Week-28.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWeek 28 Recap Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // Volunteer Thanks to Trent de Marest, Dave Spotts, and… Continue Reading

Apology XXIV.71-83: Of the Mass (continued)

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/AP-XXXIV-71-83.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Thursday, Week 28 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Apology XXIV 71-83, Of the Mass (continued) 71]… Continue Reading

Apology XXIV.1-12, Of the Mass

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/CC-1.6.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Wednesday of Week 27 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // Contact At the outset we must again make… Continue Reading

The Rev’d Dr. Kurt Marquart on “Liturgical gestures, practices, customs, and ‘styles’…”

Words of wisdom from Dr. Marquart for all of us Lutherans, especially for those who advocate so-called “contemporary worship” in the LCMS. Frankly, though, they are probably even more piquant for those self-styled “liturgical types” who don’t follow the General Rubrics… Continue Reading

No Confessional Tradition, No Church: An Open Letter to R. J. Grunewald

Prolegomena/Caveats/User’s Manual: What follows began as a comment on the blog of a fellow LCMS Lutheran. It got a little long. And then it got longer. The more I wrote, the more I began to think of different things which… Continue Reading

“The Tyranny of the Middle” vs. “The Idolatry of Better”: a reader’s response to Mrs. Mussmann

I love the article, Anna, as well as the emendation to charity that graces the combox (just noticed the latter). It’s easy to agree with the beneficence of the principle you articulate, i.e., that one should avoid the judgmental air… Continue Reading

C. S. Lewis on “Liturgiology”

“Liturgical reforms are hell.”- Auden Well, unless my reading of Fair Use is way off, I’m allowed to do this… The following is an excerpt from Ch. 1 of C. S. Lewis’s book Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer. Though the… Continue Reading

Lent & Voluntary Mortifications: Two Views

Originally titled “Ash Wednesday: Two Views.” Related reading: “Subtle Ash Wednesday legalism”     As another Lent gets underway, I’d like to have a look at two different Lutheran perspectives on the significance of Ash Wednesday and Lent in general.… Continue Reading

“The Conduct of the Service: Revisited” – Fr. Charles McClean on liturgical piety and “holding to the traditions”

http://www.tdaviddemarest.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/mccleankeynote.mp3Podcast: 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

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