Septuagesimal Strife

Every year, without fail, the approach of Septuagesima sees Lutheran blogs and social media filled with confusion and questioning. The author has had the dubious pleasure of witnessing these discussions for the last decade or so, and the questions always seem to be the same. What, if anything, changes or disappears during Septuagesima? Are theContinue reading “Septuagesimal Strife”

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”