As Advent Approaches: Weekday Readings and Liturgical Notes

It was with some mild surprise that I found myself contemplating preparations for Advent. All Saints? This Sunday? I can’t imagine how this happened. So it goes. The approach of Advent frequently brings with it the planning of additional midweek services. And, as you may have guessed, the preliminary research for The Lutheran Missal hasContinue reading “As Advent Approaches: Weekday Readings and Liturgical Notes”

Ashen Observations

With the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday (feria quarta in capite jejunii for you Latinists) rapidly approaching, it seems only appropriate to offer some suggestions on the mass for the day, as well as a rite for the blessing of the ashes. American Lutherans have quite a diversity of practices for Ash Wednesday. The author,Continue reading “Ashen Observations”

What to do with Wednesdays?

As you may have read elsewhere, the Sunday lectionary and propers are the central axis around which the temporal calendar revolves. The lectionary of the temporal calendar, however, is not limited to Sundays, but provides Epistles and Gospels for Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, as well as a full mass for every single dayContinue reading “What to do with Wednesdays?”