This Congregation Here Present

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

We ask, in the Prayer for the Church, that God will give us his grace, "and especially to this congregation here present." Why is this group singled out? It is because a group of Christians gathered in God's house has a special privilege and obligation. It is an outstanding, significant, and...

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Easter Sunrise Baptism

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

“Long ago and far away” are words of many a novel beginning sentence and yet that’s what comes to mind when I think about that first or second Easter Vigil sunrise service back in 1977 or 1978. “Long ago” certainly fits because that was another age in the life of...

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Tags: baptism, easter

Uniforms

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

[Warning: this article uses the generic word “he” to refer to any individual human being.] Why uniforms? Convenience. The wearer knows how he will be clothed. Style is not relevant. Identification. Many activities are represented by an exclusive uniform, signifying a special...

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Tags: vestments, worship practices

In This Sign Conquer

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

Instances of making the sign of the Cross are so varied and frequent as to make reference to them all very difficult. In general the sign of the Cross may be made: when we ask a blessing from God when we receive a spoken blessing at the conclusion of many “items”: such as the...

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Tags: blessing, liturgy, sign of the cross, worship