The reason why it’s “Invocavit,” with a “V”

HT to Herr Carver for this one. So… Invocavit or Invocabit? I was wondering about this, because I noticed that the tense of the proper name of the Sunday in The Lutheran Hymnal differed from that of the opening lines… Continue Reading

“Das ist Katholisch!” … “Ja? So?”

HT: Gloria Christi Lutheran Church, Greeley, CO Whenever the divine service once again follows the old Evangelical-Lutheran agendas (or church books), it seems that many raise a great cry that it is “Roman Catholic”; “Roman Catholic” when the pastor chants… 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: iTunes | 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 Matthew… 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: iTunes | 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] And… 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: iTunes | 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 the… 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: iTunes | 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 Conference… 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