Tag Archives: Ceremony and Celebration

The Advent Wreath: An Excerpt

“The lighting of an Advent wreath during the Advent season is a Christian ceremony which has come down to us from about the time of Martin Luther. As before the birth of Christ the light of prophecy concerning His advent … Continue reading

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On the use of ceremonies

Why is it that some Christians kneel, bow, genuflect, make the sign of the cross on themselves, or hold their hands in a particular fashion during the Divine Service? These physical actions are called ceremonies, which are solemn religious actions … Continue reading

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Lang on Traditional Rites and Ceremonies

“The danger of the traditional rites and ceremonies degenerating into formalism and even superstition has shown itself here and there in all ages. But the same danger is manifested in the use of nontraditional rites and ceremonies of the so-called … Continue reading

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General Rules of Ceremony: The Fourth Principle

And now for the last principle of the general rules of ceremony, as outlined by Paul H.D. Lang in Ceremony and Celebration. In this book, Lang discusses how the confessional Lutheran position on ceremony is based on both tradition and … Continue reading

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General Rules of Ceremony: The Third Principle

In the two previous posts, we described the first and second principles of the general rules of ceremony as outlined by Paul Lang in Ceremony and Celebration. In this book, Lang discusses how the confessional Lutheran position on ceremony is … Continue reading

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General Rules of Ceremony: The Second Principle

In the post just before this one, we described the first principle of the general rules of ceremony as outlined by Paul Lang in Ceremony and Celebration. In this book, Lang discusses how the confessional Lutheran position on ceremony is … Continue reading

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General Rules of Ceremony: The First Principle

In Ceremony and Celebration, Paul H.D. Lang discusses a broad spectrum of topics relating to Lutheran liturgical worship. In Chapter 9, he shows how the confessional Lutheran position on ceremony is based on both tradition and the Holy Scriptures. (For … Continue reading

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A New Card + Spring Sale – up to 30% off

With call services just over a week away for our seminarians in Fort Wayne and St. Louis, it is the perfect time to debut our new Office of the Holy Ministry greeting card. You may recognize this artwork from the … Continue reading

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Back in Print: Ceremony and Celebration by Paul H. D. Lang

By the generous permission and encouragement of Pastor Lang’s family, Emmanuel Press has brought Paul H. D. Lang’s Ceremony and Celebration back into print. It was reprinted by Redeemer Press in 2004 but was quickly snatched up and has been sold out … Continue reading

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Update on Future Projects: Books and Cards

As we mentioned several weeks ago, we are putting the final touches on two new Christmas cards with art by Edward Riojas. These cards will be available for sale in mid-November. Do you or your organization send out a lot … Continue reading

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