28 June 2009
in his little book on the church ceremonies of the Lutheran Churches in Saxony observed even into the late 1700's the use of a bell during the Words of Institution - rung once at the words over the bread and then over the cup. Rome has, of course, continued this. This morning at the early service, the organist used a chime to ring out over the consecration. One of my elders asked if Dr. Coan had done that on his own; I said, no, it was my request. The elder observed: "Why haven't we always done that? That's great." I concur! It draws attention to the Sacrament's "for-you-ness." It's a way of saying: Look, there it is! The body given for you! The blood shed for you! Now come and feast with Him! My family experienced this at Immanuel Lutheran in Alexandria this summer and I was so blessed by it, that I wished to share it with St. Paul's parish. Now, if only the ushers would always remember to turn the chimes on (the switch is with the lights and gets neglected inexplicably at times, hence no chimes at late service today!).
Posted by William Weedon at 9:23 PM