Posts tagged “Ad orientem

[Sermo Dei] The Installation of Charles Louis McClean (John 20:19-23)

Posted on May 6th, 2013

The Words of our Savior to the ministers He appointed to care for His Church: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Charles McClean is my friend. He has been a great help to me, laboring at my side at Immanuel these past years. He has great knowledge of our church’s doctrine, history, and liturgy. But there’s one thing that you need to know about him: Charles McClean is a great sinner. He will not save this church. But through the unmerited gift of God, Our Saviour Lutheran Church already received a Savior long ago. Charles McClean is a great sinner. He will not save this church. But he will…

[Sermo Dei] Rogate: Praying with Jesus (John 16:23-33)

Posted on May 5th, 2013

“In the world you will have tribulation.” Hardly surprising information to anyone who has lived a little while in this broken, fallen world. Yet there is comfort in acknowledging it: “In the world you will have tribulation.” If Jesus says this to His holy Apostles, should we expect things for us to be smooth sailing, success and perfection? In the world you will have tribulation – and thus we find tribulation, trouble and turmoil, everywhere we turn. And wherever the Gospel of Jesus is preached, there especially will be tribulation. The longer we follow Jesus as a disciple, the closer we draw near to Him, the greater the tribulation in our own heart, in our own mind, in our own flesh, in our own…

Tapani Simojoki on ad orientem

Posted on February 14th, 2013

Lutheran Pastor Tapani Simojoki has some excellent thoughts on celebrating ad orientem (“to the east,” i.e., facing the altar for the consecration, standing in the same direction as the people). A key part of the argument: The Sacrament is the Gospel: it is where the word ceases to be information for the ears and becomes a tangible reality. It is where the crucified and risen body of Jesus, which is the Temple of God on earth, meets with our mortal bodies as the medicine of immortality. And therefore the Words of Institution are the Gospel precisely when the congregation eavesdrops on them, hearing them pronounced over the elements for their good. As long as they are addressed to the people, they remain historical information…