|Numbers above do NOT correspond to numbers below.
- All images are to be removed from the church and sent to the court.
- The stone altar is to be ripped from the ground and replaced with a wooden table covered with a black cloth.
- When the Lord’s Supper is held, a white cloth covers the table.
- All altars, panels, crucifixes and paintings are to be completely abolished, as they are idolatrous and stem from the papacy.
- Instead of the host, bread is to be used and baked into bread loaves, cut into strips and placed in a dish, from which the people receive it in their hands; likewise with the chalice.
- The words of the supper are no longer to be sung, but rather spoken.
- The golden goblets are to be replaced with wooden ones.
- The prayer in place of the collect is to be spoken, not sung.
- Mass vestments and other finery are no longer to be used.
- No lamps or candles are to be placed at the altar.
- The houseling cloth is not to be held in front of the communicants.
- The people are not to bow as if Christ is present.
- The communicants shall no longer kneel.
- The sign of the cross after the benediction is to be discontinued.
- The priest is no longer to stand with his back to the people.
- The collect and Epistle are no longer to be sung, but rather spoken.
- Individuals are no longer to go to confession before communing, but rather register with the priest in writing.
- The people are no longer to bow when the name of Jesus is mentioned, nor are they to remove their hats.
- The Our Father is no longer to be prayed aloud before the sermon, but rather there is to be silent prayer.
- Communion is not to be taken to the sick, as it is dangerous, especially in times of pestilence.
- The stone baptismal font is to be removed and a basin substituted.
- Epitaphs and crucifixes are no longer to be tolerated in the church.
- The Holy Trinity is not to be depicted in any visual form.
- The words of the sacrament are to be altered and considered symbolic.
- The historic Epistles and Gospels are no longer to be used, but rather a section of the Bible [selected by the minister] read without commentary.
My point? We are less comfortable with our Lutheran identity than we are being generic Protestants. And that, my friend, is a problem for all Lutherans.
HT Brian Hamer