Calvinistic Corruptions

Two Anglican publications have had a profound effect on the worship of nearly all English-speaking Lutherans: The King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). Nearly every reading, intervenient chant, and collect used in our liturgy today has come to us through one of these sources. The Encyclopaedia Britannica speaks truly when itContinue reading “Calvinistic Corruptions”

Field Testing: Beginning in Advent 2022

One of the questions we hear most frequently is this: “When can we expect the missal to be published?” We understand—you, like each one of us, are anxious to have a completed book in your hands, so that you can set it on your missal stand, open it up, and simply pray the prayers andContinue reading “Field Testing: Beginning in Advent 2022”

Advent I: An Example of the Editing Process

Last October the editors of The Lutheran Missal began work on the lections for the Temporal Calendar. With the data from nearly seventy sources—ancient, late-medieval, and Lutheran—at our fingertips, we were finally ready to make informed choices about our own missal. For those who are interested in our editing process, the first week of AdventContinue reading “Advent I: An Example of the Editing Process”

Why German Sources?

In the early days of The Lutheran Missal project, when we first began to catalogue the contents of the late-medieval missals, we choose to limit our scope to the German dioceses. These sources, show in blue below, roughly correspond with the territory of present-day Germany (outlined in green). Several months ago, as we began editingContinue reading “Why German Sources?”

Additional Assisting Editors

Today we officially welcome two assisting editors to The Lutheran Missal, both of whom have substantially contributed to the project over the past two or three years. The Reverend Andrew Harris has served as pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clinton, WI, since graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne in 2018. Prior toContinue reading “Additional Assisting Editors”

“Historic” Lectionary?

Recently we added three ancient lectionaries: Würzburg c. 700, Murbach c. 800, and Alcuin c. 800. A day may come when these important sources are properly introduced with a dedicated blog post, but it is not this day. Instead, this post will attempt to put forever to rest the notion that there is no suchContinue reading ““Historic” Lectionary?”