Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mark's thoughts: Pictures of Lutheran Divine Service in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Pastor Heath Curtis shared this on the Gottesdienst blog along with some other items, and it simply must be passed on.  He writes:

"But my favorite art history series for Bible Class is Historische Bilder zum Evangelisch-Lutherischen Gottesdienst by Helmut Schatz. We all owe Fr. Kurt Hering and the saints of God at Trinity in Layton, UT for putting this up online. It's simply amazing. If your German is not very good, don't forget that you can just pop a paragraph of text into Google Translate and probably muddle through just fine. But again, it's not so much the text as the pictures."

The Lutherans confess in the Book of Concord that they have retained the catholic worship that belonged to the Church: "Among us the Mass is celebrated every Lord’s day and on other festivals, when the sacrament is made available to those who wish to partake of it, after they have been examined and absolved. We also keep traditional liturgical forms, such as the order of readings, prayers, vestments, and other similar things" (Apology XXIV.1).  It is very helpful for us to see what this actually looked like.

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