The Importance of Ritual in Helping Heal Veterans Who Suffer with PTSD/Moral Injury: A Chaplain’s Role in the Body of the Church

Matthew Prince, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis


As an active duty Navy chaplain, endorsed by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, I wondered where did these purification rites from these societies have their roots. Had some of their ideas come from the purification rituals in the Pentateuch? Did the early or medieval church have any purification rites? Had the early church fathers written concerning this issue?