27 December 2010
...I had recorded the Christmas Service from the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Just got around to watching it. There is nothing like a little time with the Roman canon to make me very thankful to be a Lutheran Christian. I mean no offense to my Roman readers, but sheez! Luther was so right about how this prayer accents the wrong sylLABle, if you will. We offer, we present, we, we, we! The accent is so much on our action that the Lord's action and gift is shoved to the back ground. It is striking to me how the Lutheran Divine Service can be so similar in outward form and yet so utterly different in what is accented. Give me the Lutheran Divine Service ANY day. I think the Roman Canon by and large makes for a wonderful Prayer of the Church, but that it obscures the gift of the Testamental Words seems a no-brainer. After all, our blessed Lord did not say: "Take and OFFER" - He took care of the offering! - He did say "take and eat!"
Posted by William Weedon at 8:20 PM