Monday, November 30, 2015
Sounds pretty Lutheran to me. . .
Confessional Lutherans make much of the fact that the liturgical movement's fascination of liturgy as the work of the people or by the people misses the boat on so many levels. We love to remind folks that the liturgy is God's work for us, God's serving of His gifts to His people. What was impressive to me is this brief series explaining the Mass in which Fr Douglas Martis, the director of the Liturgical Institute of Mundelein Seminary, captures this very well and easily explains the nuances in that term that must be explored to understand the word fully.
The people's work, the work of Christ done on behalf of His people, and the work of the people in Christ doing what Christ has done... pretty Lutheran to me! Or, could it be that there is more of a catholic consensus here than some would imagine, that liturgy has further dimensions that express the fuller notion of what it means to worship God.