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quod pro nobis traditum est

Monday, September 29, 2014

services of angels and men

The collect reflects a two-fold direction of the angels. They stand before the Lord's face to do him service in heaven and they defend our life on earth. So we pray . . .

"And another angel came, and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God. And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel."

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

man and his clever ideas

Within the regional church political and financial pressures can be applied and pastors and their families can be put at risk, but this does not hide the fact that liturgical renewal is always needed, now more than ever. Liturgical renewal means passing on that which is given to us. Nothing to fear!

Since we are saved by God's grace through faith in Christ, we hold on to the sacraments, altars, liturgy, vestments, etc. What may appear as traditions of men to some are simply means through which we are gathered together in Christ and nourished in His Word and Sacraments.

We are conditioned by society to consider that that which is handed over to the Apostles and to us are man's traditions. We blind ourselves to put trust in "innovations" that do not seek to uphold the things of God but which say instead "Hey, look at us!" Are not these attacks on the church and the liturgy and this turning of worship into something pleasing to us, really the ideas and traditions of men? Liturgical renewal is needed now more than ever.