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The Lutheran Book of Worship has the conclusion of the service as
blessing-dismissal (no hymn). With One Voice offers the option of a
hymn/song/canticle between the blessing and dismissal "if there is a
procession from the church" (per rubric).
In Lent in particular (and in '01 during the summer as a trial run), we
omit the hymn, going from blessing to dismissal. We encourage (through
a note in the bulletin, newsletter and gentle reminder at the start of
the season) the congregation to remain seated in silence during the
postlude for reflection and prayer as the organist makes his/her musical
offering. Some still dash for the doors, but it's getting better....
I can make the case for the dismissal to follow the procession from the
church, particularly when the congregation turns to follow the
processional cross out. The focus of the congregation is on the cross,
and the assisting minister/deacon is also facing the congregation, not
their backs. I'm not sure, though, based on the comments made here, if
I'm 100% on the right track.
Now, just for my own curiosity, is there any tradition or precedent for
the congregation to join in the "procession from the church" as the
cross/choir/leaders pass by? Seems to me that this movement of the
whole congregation to go forth and serve makes sense IF the dismissal
precedes the hymn. Any thoughts?
The Rev. Arthur F. Hebbeler III, STS
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence
- In a message dated 10/1/02 8:53:22 AM Central Daylight Time,
> In Lent in particular (and in '01 during the summer as a trial run), weI'm very late in responding to this: Too many 12-hour workdays. But this bit
> omit the hymn, going from blessing to dismissal. We encourage (through
> a note in the bulletin, newsletter and gentle reminder at the start of
> the season) the congregation to remain seated in silence during the
> postlude for reflection and prayer as the organist makes his/her musical
> offering. Some still dash for the doors, but it's getting better....
sparks a memory:
When we lived in Chicago and were members of Resurrection (ELCA), the Worship
Committee and Organist decided to take Lenten austerity seriously and to omit
the postlude. (I'll leave untouched the issue of symmetry in the liturgy --
e.g., prelude-postlude balance; if one processes, one recesses; etc.) We
ended the liturgy with benediction and dismissal ("Go in peace; serve the
Lord" and "Thanks be go God."); silent recession of the clergy (to get him to
the back of the nave to bid farewell to worshippers; and nothing else.
The "experiment" certainly carved out a distinctive feeling for Lent. But I
have not yet decided whether I liked it or not, whether it made sense or not.
It was a deprivation, and as such fit the Lenten themes we were
promoting/expounding that year. But it seemed, too, to leave only a gaping
hole, not to provide an alternative to the splendor of a pipe organ well
Minneapolis (now at Mount Olive, where, I trust, such an idea would never be
entertained, given the Paul-Manz-and-successors tradition!)
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