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Using the Historic Lectionary

by ToddPeperkorn ~ August 26th, 2008

This fall I have been tapped as a presenter at the St. Michael’s Liturgical Conference, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  It is on St. Michael and All Angels (duh).

Anyway, my topic is the vague and ambiguous “Using the Historic Lectionary”.  That can mean just about anything.  So one of the things that I am hoping to develop is a pattern of resources to actually use on a weekly basis.  I know there are bibliographies out there that go on forever.  But I want to ask you: what do you actually use every week in preparation for the Divine Service?

6 Responses to Using the Historic Lectionary

  1. Sean Daenzer

    It should be stated that I’m only a vicar (and a summer one at that), so my experience & input is quite negligible.

    For sermon preparation I always consider the following:
    Lindemann’s “Sermon & the Propers”
    Eckardt’s “Every day I will bless Thee”
    Luther’s postilla (church and house)
    Gerhard’s postilla
    Giertz “preaching from the whole bible”
    Petersen’s sermons (at the Redeemer website/Cyberstones)
    “The Great Sunday Sermons of the Fathers”
    The hymn(s) of the day (A friend and I are working to collect hymn of the day lists, which we will put on this site’s musical resources soon)
    The Cantata(s) for the day by J.S.Bach
    The propers of both the mass and the daily office for the week.

    In addition to this, in preparation for musical aspects as well as general sense of the day, I use these:
    The Cantata(s) for the day by J.S.Bach
    LSB hymn selection guide
    “Planning the Service” by Gehrke
    And most importantly, the praying of the daily office. This actually takes place a year ahead of time, since the week following the Sunday is the rehearsal of that Sunday’s focus. The praying (singing) and committing to heart of the psalter is the greatest preparation for both the Divine Service itself and the sermon preached in it.

  2. Rev. Christopher M. Fincher

    Ditto much of what the capable Vicar Daenzer has said. Gerhard’s Postilla occupies a more prominent place than Luther does this year as Volume 2 only recently became available. Toal’s Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers is a constant companion, as is the LSB hymn selection guide. Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year is within easy reach of my desk, as are Reed’s The Lutheran Liturgy, The Lutheran Lectionary, and a copy of the 1927 ELHB.
    Because of the rising prices of the One Year inserts from CPH, I have been compiling my own propers for the last year with ESV Lessons and the Collects from the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, which are in the public domain. Though less than ideal, it does represent an improvement over the LW propers that were in place when I arrived.

  3. Rev. Raymond Parent

    Todd,
    I look forward to your presentation. Blessings!

    My list is not quite so extensive as those already given. I simply use the propers for the day and use the appointed one-year texts (now revised (again!) by LSB. I read them all together as of a piece and start making notes to myself from there. Of late I have been also using this website for additional info. For hymn selection I use the LSB Hymn Selection guide as well as Dan Reuning’s “Historic One-Year Series Resources” from CTS press. I point the Introit, Gradual, and Verse/Tract using Gregorian Chant.

    For sermon prep, I use Luther, Walther, the Fathers, and the Concordia Commentary Series where applicable and at times even the hymns appointed for the day.

    Again, I look forward to seeing you there and gleaning from you your wisdom.

  4. Brian Westgate

    Sean, are you going to include Zion’s Chief Hymn list in your work? You should be able to put it together from the propers on the site and the hymn list PDF.

  5. Brian Westgate

    I might add that in the past year I’ve put together all the Propers for the year (though I might have a few saints I shouldn’t and don’t have a few I should), including the Wednesday and Friday lessons. Of course, it was kinda subjective, needs work, and I should probably retranslate/rework the Secretae and Postcommunions. My sources included Sarum Missal (especially helpful in Lent and on Jan. 1), St. Andrew’s Daily Missal, TLH, and SBH (whose OT readings I used).

  6. James Lee

    In addition to these great resources, I also use Pius Parsch’s, “The Church’s Year of Grace.”

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