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Explanation of the Common Service

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  • Rev. Benjamin Mayes
    A classic book has now been published by Emmanuel Press: An Explanation of the Common Service With Appendices on Christian Hymnody and Liturgical Colors and a
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 8, 2006
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      A classic book has now been published by Emmanuel Press:

      An Explanation of the Common Service
      With Appendices on Christian Hymnody and Liturgical Colors and a
      Glossary of Liturgical Terms. Paperback, 120 pp.
      ISBN 0-9763832-3-3
      $10.00 (USD)

      The Common Service, with roots in the Reformation, the Middle Ages,
      and the early church, became the standard English liturgy for the
      Lutheran Church in America in the late 19th century. The Lutheran
      Church—Missouri Synod published it as its standard in The Lutheran
      Hymnal in 1941. With the publication of Lutheran Worship (1982),
      editors revised the Common Service, updating what they considered
      archaic language, but the basic structure remained the same. In the
      Lutheran Service Book (2006), editors have again included the Divine
      Service from The Lutheran Hymnal, which is the liturgy of the Common
      Service. What is it about the beauty and reverence of this Divine
      Service that have caused Lutheran congregations to welcome it every
      Sunday morning for over a century? Many today enjoy it without being
      able to verbalize its deep theological beauty. Others may exclude it
      from congregational practice because they consider it outdated and
      invalid for the modern parishioner. In either case, the editors of An
      Explanation of the Common Service provide a basic yet important
      description of the theological and biblical meaning of this
      time-tested liturgy.

      An Explanation of the Common Service explains the liturgy in such
      simple terms that it is perfect for teaching new members, catechumens,
      and youth. Yet its timeless truths are profound enough to instruct
      even long-time members and pastors. First printed a century ago, this
      Lutheran liturgical handbook uses questions and answers to explain the
      meaning of three services: the Communion service, Matins, and Vespers.
      (Liturgical texts are equivalent to those in The Lutheran Hymnal,
      1941.) In addition, hymnody, liturgical theology, and history are
      addressed succinctly. The glossary of liturgical terms is helpful,
      extensive, and reliable.

      To order, visit us at www.emmanuelpress.us .

      Cordially,
      Rev. Benjamin Mayes
      Grand Rapids, MI

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      Emmanuel Press
      Labia sacerdotis custodient scientiam. Mal. 2:7
      www.emmanuelpress.us
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