Started by RogerMartim, April 20, 2014, 05:55:18 PM
Quote from: RogerMartim on April 20, 2014, 05:55:18 PMNot sure if this has been discussed before on this Forum and if so, I apologize.Where did the practice of the pastor saying/chanting the Verba over the communion elements at the side of the altar rather than in the center come from?To me it seems a bit strange and somewhat off-putting. While not quite the same analogy, but wouldn't it be akin to a host/hostess at a dinner table sitting off to the side blessing the food to his/her dinner guests? One would assume that Christ at the Last Supper had his disciples gather around him and not off to the side. The pastor does everything else at the center of the altar. Why not with the communion elements?A Blessed Easter to one and all.
Quote from: RogerMartim on April 20, 2014, 08:28:28 PMI'm in Minnesota... It just seems to be the practice here.
Quote from: Dan Fienen on April 20, 2014, 11:24:00 PMI'm sorry but I fail to see how this becomes an issue. Arguments could and have been made as to whether a freestanding altar or one integrated into the liturgical east wall of the chacel is more authentic/has better symbolism/is more properly Lutheran etc. Similarly, we could discuss the proper placement of the elements on the altar or the proper place at the altar for the officiant for the Verba. But is this an issue of more import than personal preference or the meaning assigned to the choices? Just what, if anything, of importance is at stake here?Dan