25 July 2012

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

A bishop performs ordination not in his name but in the name of the church. You see, just as the right of calling belongs to the entire church, so ordination —which is the declaration and testifying of the call —is performed in the name of the church.  The presbytery lay on their hands, but the church adds its prayers. —Blessed Johann Gerhard, On the Ministry, p. 227.

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