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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Lutheran Liturgical Quote of the Day

"Our common understanding of our Lord's incarnation by the Holy Ghost out of the Blessed Virgin Mary is such that we see the world in which we live as sacramental, a world in which God operates through material means and physical persons -- the human proclamation of the word of God; a washing with water in the laver of rebirth; the eating and drinking of bread and wine that in the sacrament of the altar are the veritable body and blood of Christ; a human mouth speaking a word of binding or loosing that binds or looses in the presence of God; a ministry of men through which God communicates aid and help in our warfare against our native sinfulness and against the seductions of his foes and ours; a union of one man and one woman in marriage by which God discloses the secret of Christ and his bride the Church."

- A.C. Piepkorn, Why Lutherans Should Engage in Conversation with Roman Catholics, "The Church: Selected Writings of Arthur Carl Piepkorn," p. 102

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