Concordia Theological Monthly

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christmas, services, propers

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Christmas, that is the Mass of Christ's Day, is the only feast of the year for which our rite appoints two services and provides two sets of Propers. The set of Propers for the Early Service has been spoken of as historic, the set for the later Service as dogmatic. Whether we find it convenient or not, the fact remains that both sets are appointed for The Communion. In many churches the Holy Sacrament is celebrated only in one or the other, though the respective Propers are used in each service. Some churches have eliminated the Holy Communion entirely on Christmas Day.


Liturgy and Worship

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Titus 2:11-14; Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:21; Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 8:14-15; Luke 2:33-40; Galatians 4:1-7; John 1:1-14; Hebrews 1:1-12; Luke 2:1-14; Psalm 110:3;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars