The Lutheran Cyclopedia

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General Books, May 18, 2012 - 588 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ... Introit, Collect, Epistle, and Gospel make the service of each Sunday or festival distinct. And the Versicles, Antiphons, Responsories, and Lessons at the minor services were arranged to correspond with the particular gift of God's Word on the day. The Creed is said after the Lessons: (i) To own the acceptance of the Word of God by the congregation, and (2) to indicate the relation of the particular Word of the day to the whole counsel of God. The "Nicene Creed" alone is known in this place in the older service. In some German lands a rhymed version was sung. "The Apostles' Creed" (though probably the ancient creed of the Roman Church) was not admitted to a place in the service except in some of the earliest liturgical attempts of the Reformation, and then did not meet with general acceptance. The Sermon follows. It is an explanation and application of the Word of God which has been read, in harmony with the creed of the Church, by the voice of the living Church. (The Hymn before the Sermon is the principal hymn of the service, and should strictly accord with the Gospel for the day.) At this point, the part of the service known in the ancient time as the Missa Catechumenorum, ended. After prayers said for each class of them separately, all who had not yet been admitted to the Holy Supper, or were under discipline, were dismissed. The Offertory in the Roman service is a brief selection from the Psalms, varying with the festival or season. After it has been sung, the priest offers to God the (yet unconsecrated) bread and wine " for sins, offences, and negligences " of all "both living and dead." This was a most objectionable portion of the Mass and the Reformers cut it out. In our present liturgy the congregation bring...

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